June 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm #15379SpiderParticipant
okay so after surfing around, I thought I would share this with you folks….
I have heard and seen different brands of grey wash premixed inks. Even had an artist working for me that purchased the stuff. However. Since I am one of those guys that firmly believes in a tattoo artist having the ability to make 99% of the things they have to use I have never purchased a set of grey wash form anywhere. Instead I have always made my own in a predetermined mixture as I use it.
I only use 6 caps (16 or 18) and have never had an issue with not having the right shade or tint…ok so here is the formula for those that care……
Things you’ll need:
A good solid black
witch hazel (optional)
childrens dropper thingy that comes with some childrens medication (don’t forget to sterilize it first!)
First mix a small bowl or cup of distilled water and witch hazel. I usually use 1ml per 2 ounces of water mixture.
then set out your 6 ink caps.
- ink cap one is solid black!
ink cap two is 2 drops black
ink cap three is 4 drops black
ink cap four is 6 drops black
ink cap five is 8 drops black
ink cap six is 10 drops black
then take the dropper and fill it with your water mix or water. If you have the correct dropper you should be able to then fill each cap the rest of the way with water using one fill of the dropper.
This variance in the shades gives me a wide range of shade that I like and use anytime I have any grey work or shading to use. From this point it is up to you as an artist to blend you shading and highlights the way you want it turn out.
So if anyone uses this then hope it helps in making your grey wash mixes and is a little cost effective for you..Peace….
The piece in this picture was done using this formula and adding white highlights.
June 3, 2013 at 7:24 am #23625Lennart82Participant
Thanks for the info.
Never thought of usen a “dropper” (I know what you mean) :D
June 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm #23626SpiderParticipant
yeah the dropper comes in very handy in my booth, for mixing I use a single 1rl, tear the needle off so i don’t poke myself, then use the loop to “spin” it in the ink cap to mix any new colors or my washes. Tried one of those auto mixers once….ONCE!!!!!!
November 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm #23627VoryMember
Damn Spider you just gave out some serious info. Both shops I’ve worked at when I was apprenticing stressed laying out your blacks like that. Witch Hazel is the shit!!!!
I hope people see this as this is a great way to work.
November 12, 2013 at 3:40 am #23628
I use a sterile ink bottle for my witch hazel, and distilled water. However, I make my own greywashes now in bottles rather than caps.
November 15, 2013 at 4:58 am #23629InfamousParticipant
You can use the same formula for bottles, just figure it out percentage wise instead
November 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm #23630ratmonkeyMember
I have some Eternal Triple Black. Do you know if I can use this formula with this ink? Usually use Kuro Sumi.
November 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm #23631
January 15, 2014 at 8:33 am #23632drftbredMember
so I was told to use witch hazel with my distilled water, what about using glycerin?
January 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm #23633JbeaufoshoMember
Glycerin will actually thicken it. Which is usually an undesirable quality in greywash. But spider, I gotta ask, why so many shades/values? Do you honestly see a noticeable difference in the skin? I’ve always wondered this. We premix two oz bottles of greywash at the shop I work at and we only do 3. 75/25 50/50 and 25/75. Ratios being ink to witch hazel/water. They work well but I’m wondering when you get right down to it does any more than that make a difference? Not trying to talk shit at all man I’m honestly curious. Your insight would be appreciated
January 15, 2014 at 4:32 pm #23634
I use 100% Black, 75% Black, 50% Black, 25% Black, 10% Black, and 5% black. The other values are nice for bigger pieces but regular pieces I most just used 100, 50, 25, 5, and use a cup of water to dip into to get other values.
January 16, 2014 at 8:31 pm #23635VoryMember
Can we sticky this or something?
January 16, 2014 at 10:27 pm #23636
Only admin have the ability to sticky. It’s not hard to find so there’s really no point.
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