Are the 'off-the-shelf' marbling inks any good or are they snake oil?

Acrylic Marbling
myra_myra
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Are the 'off-the-shelf' marbling inks any good or are they snake oil?

Postby myra_myra » Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:09 am

for example, online there are the following big brands and a lot of other vague stuff, to me it looks like a generic mixture of acrylic ink, possibly with sufficant additive.

I'm an artist so I've got loads of paint additives already and I dont want to waste money on snake oil.

for example...

https://www.amazon.com/Aitoh-Boku-Undo- ... B000H6CM4Y


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marbling-Inks- ... 008N8UGAA/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scola-MI25-6-A ... 000MNMLFW/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marbling-Inks- ... 01MXPKUVJ/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/S-Services-MET ... 004U4LMJK/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marabu-MR13050 ... 0012F82E8/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jacquard-JAC96 ... 000BACWEG/

SouthHillKaren
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Re: Are the 'off-the-shelf' marbling inks any good or are they snake oil?

Postby SouthHillKaren » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:08 pm

Some are OK, some not. Sorry to say, differences in water, conditions, types of size, etc. make every studio situation a bit of a mystery.....and definitely, one type of marbling ink does not fit all. You just have to try stuff. Most of the ones I have tried float too well. But I have no way of telling if it will do the same in your studio. You can make a sinker float by adding surfactant, but it is almost impossible to slow down a super-spreader. The only option with the last is to fill the surface with spots of the fast one, then add more detail with more colors as the crowded colors slow down the additions.


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