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Ink: An overview: Home
a general overview of ink from history to modern iterations
Ink has been around for longer than paper, and without ink, we would not have documents, scrolls, or books. Early inks were simple and made from lamp black, or soot, and water. Modern inks are complicated chemical concoctions that are created for very specific purposes. While ink is not something most people think about, it has had huge implications in history.
Ink is used for writing, and paint is for art, right? Well, the differences between ink and paint are more of a spectrum. Ink is generally more of a liquid that is absorbed into paper, and paint is thicker and sits on top of that which it is applied. Although printing ink is thick and does not absorb much into the paper, and watercolor paints are very much like the ancient Chinese inks.
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Books on Ink
Make Ink by Jason Logan
Publication Date: 2018-09-11
A 2018 Best Book of the Year--The Guardian The Toronto Ink Company was founded in 2014 by designer and artist Jason Logan as a citizen science experiment to make eco-friendly, urban ink from street-harvested pigments. In MakeInk,Logan delves into the history of inkmaking and the science of distilling pigment from the natural world. Readers will learn how to forage for materials such as soot, rust, cigarette butts, peach pits, and black walnut, then how to mix, test, and transform these ingredients into rich, vibrant inks that are sensitive to both place and environment. Organized by color, and featuring lovely minimalist photography throughout, Make Ink combines science, art, and craft to instill the basics of ink making and demonstrate the beauty and necessity of engaging with one of mankind's oldest tools of communication.