Add some distilled water (cold from a kettle) and give it a thorough swirl and shake to thin out an ink that is excessively thick and not flowing. Add the water a bit at a time, testing as you go until it's exactly perfect. You may simply thicken thin ink by leaving the lid open overnight to allow the water to evaporate. This will also cause the particles in the ink to settle.
Thickened ink is better for drawings and paintings because it spreads better. Thinned ink is best for writing letters because it flows better.
There are two types of ink: water-based and oil-based. Both can be thickened or thinned with water or thinner. The type of ink you use depends on how they are going to be used. If you plan to wipe away any excess ink that doesn't get absorbed into the paper, use water-based inks. If you don't want to remove any unused ink, use oil-based inks.
Both water-based and oil-based inks can be thickened by adding some distilled water or thinner to them. You should always add thinner to water-based inks, especially if they have been sitting around for a while or if you are using low-quality inks. Adding too much water or thinner will cause your ink to run.
You can also buy pre-mixed inks that are already diluted. These are usually called "color strength" inks.
Evaporation can be used to thicken water-based inks. If you have time, leave the can open overnight, but if you're in a rush, flood it back and forth on a spare screen many times. This method causes it to thicken fast.
If you don't have time for this, use borax instead. Mix equal parts borax and cold water and mix well. Then dip your pen into the mixture and out again. The ink will become thick enough to write with.
Transfer a small amount of water (three drops or so) into the ink with a blunt syringe or a small spoon. To begin, add a little amount of water to the ink. It's all too simple to overdo it! Then, whisk it up with a stir stick, toothpick, or chopstick. The ink will thicken up for a moment before settling back down to its original thickness.
This is how traditional Chinese ink was made until about 1800 when Europeans invented the roller. They used wool or cotton balls instead of water to thin out the ink.
Since then, there have been many advances in ink technology. Nowadays, most commercial oil-based pens and markers are diluted versions of true black ink. The more water they contain, the faster they dry. You can also buy water-based pens and markers that contain additives to make them darker or lighter colors.
The most popular method of making red ink is to mix blue and black together. The result is a dark gray color that is not completely black. Then, a bit of red is added to give the ink its color.
Finally, green ink is made by combining yellow and black. The result is a bright, grassy color.
These are just some examples. There are many more colors of ink available today than there were hundreds of years ago. It is possible to create almost any color of ink using these methods.
How to Work with Excessively Thick Plastisol Ink
GET SOME CHALK AND MAKE A POWDER OUT OF IT. CHALK OF ANY COLOR WILL WORK. Simply obtain the desired hue and mix it with your ink. It should thicken it nicely. You can also use gum arabic or vegetable glycerin for this purpose.
Another option is carmine, which is a red pigment extracted from cochineal insects. It can be used as a colorant in its own right or combined with black to create pink, orange, or red colors. Because it's natural, carmine is more transparent than other synthetic dyes and doesn't affect the lightness of your printed material. Use it in moderation, though; too much carmine can cause your prints to look muddy.
Last but not least, try adding a few drops of food coloring to some white vinegar and mixing it together. The color will only last for a short time, but it's fun to experiment with different combinations.
Now that you have some ideas, go print something colorful!
If time is of the essence, smash the ink into little bits, add water, and mix. You now have ink. If you have a few hours, add water and stir every now and then. When I tested it, the ink worked just as well as it did the first time. It may even work better because there's less chance of clogging up your nib.
Dry ink is used in the same way as liquid ink, only instead of being poured into a pen barrel, a small amount is put into a bowl or jar, then mixed with a spoon to distribute it evenly through out the container. The ink can then be added to a brush or dipsy-style marker and applied to paper like any other form of ink.
The advantage of using dry ink is that it will not run when wet, which makes it good for calligraphy. Disadvantage is that it is harder to blend in colors with dry ink than with liquid ink. With liquid ink, you can simply mix it with another color to create a new shade, while with dry ink this is more difficult because there are no real mixing components such as pigments or dyes that can be combined.
There are two types of dry ink: solid and powder. Solid ink is made from melted plastic pellets that harden when cooled. These come in a variety of colors and can be burned in a printer to produce custom stamps.
Ink stains can be removed using paint thinner. Ink stains can be tough to remove, but paint thinner may be the answer. It is critical to determine the type of ink stain and chemical being used, as well as the surface to be treated, before application.
Acids such as vinegar or citrus fruit juice can eat away at the metal in an acidic environment, causing it to rust. If this occurs, mix equal parts water and ammonia (laundry detergent works fine too) and wash the item with that mixture. Let it soak for a few minutes then rinse thoroughly.
Alcohol can also dissolve ink stains. Soak the item in alcohol until the stain disappears then wash as usual.
If you use an acid or alcohol and it doesn't work, try soaking the item in water with a little bit of salt in it. This will help pull out some of the color. Then wash as usual.
You can also try using CLR (chlorine bleach). Mix one part chlorine bleach to 10-20 parts water and spray onto the ink spot. Let it sit for a couple of minutes then rinse off the spot with water. Repeat if necessary.
Lastly, you can call on a professional carpet cleaner. Most will come equipped with various chemicals they can use to get rid of ink spots.