The Joy of Ink

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The Joy of Ink

Ok, I am not normally one to link to videos, but this one touched a soft spot for me. There is something about ink that gets under the skin (and under the fingernails) of every printmaker. We love the way the stuff goes down on paper, the way it layers, the way it shines. I love to mix color, to stand at the slab and work the ink, seeing the colors slowly shift and blend as you fold it and stretch it.

I even like the smell of it.

This video is about making commercial printing ink, which is somewhat different than the stuff I work with every day, but you can feel the joy that comes from beautiful ink.

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Special thanks to Amie Roman for the link.

By |October 6th, 2010|Categories: Tools & Materials|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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Dean Russell Thompson is an Artist and Printmaker working in Loveland, CO.


  1. Katka October 6, 2010 at 4:56 am

    What a fascinating look behind the scenes! And yes, I also love the way ink smells.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Koek Sista November 12, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    mmm the smell of ink and melting hardground and rosin… I love them all!!!
    Thanks for the link.

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