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 I hope my efforts in testing inspire others to find cheaper alternatives to save our community money.  With the prices of models and other things not easily replaced, the hobby is expensive and we should share what we can. -Les


You will need:

    * Distilled Water (grocery store)
    * Liquitex Matte Medium
    * Liquitex Flow Aid
    * 30ml bottle
    * Daler Rowney Acrylic Artist Inks (Water Proof) 
    *2 filler bottles
    * Recipe notebook so you can write down custom mixes

All recipes use 1 oz bottles.  Adjust to whatever size you decide to go with.


     *Fill 1 filler bottle with Matte Medium, the other with a 10:1 Distilled Water and Flow Aid.
    *Fill the 30ml Dropper Bottle halfway with Matte Medium then fill the rest of the way with the          Water/Flow Aid mix leaving a little room for the ink drops so you don't overflow.
      Every bottle uses this combination to start with.
     *Shake inks well before adding them to the mix.

Tailoring Washes to your liking:

-DARKEN-LIGHTEN:  add or subtract drops from the recipe (duh lol)

-THICKEN WASH: Change the 1:1 medium and water mix to have more matte medium than water i.e. 60% medium 40% water

-THIN WASH:  Opposite of above, more water than medium in the mix.

Experimenting with mixes and Custom Colors:

This took time and money to get things right in the recipe.  The best advice I can give you is "write it down".  Have a little notebook just for mixes.  Write the medium/water ratios and drops of ink (each color if it's a combo).  The number of colors you can come up with are limitless.


My mixes will give you a starting point and you can customize to your liking from there.

Soft Body Black: 20 drops Black

Heavy Body Black: 60 drops Black

Parchment: 40 Drops Flesh Tint

Flesh Wash: 40 Drops Burnt Umber

Dark Sepia: 40 Drops Sepia

Blue: 40 Drops Rowney Blue

Green: 40 Drops Dark Green

Purple: 40 Drops Purple Lake

You can mix the ink colors to make infinite amounts of custom colors for your own purpose.  Never buy washes with limited color choices.  You now have the recipe for the most flexible wash production that you can do at home.

Enjoy! -Les

ADDED---------------Jan 5 2011-------------------------------

.5oz Bottle measurements for Les' DIRTY WASHES (1:1 premixed matte medium and h2o-flow aid mix is added after the ink is counted out)[/color]

STONE - 60 Raw Sienna: 20 Black

RUBY - 60 Flame Red: 20 Black

ARMOR WASH - 60 Sepia: 20 Black

SAPPHIRE - 60 Rowney Blue: 20 Black

BABY POOP - 60 Flame Orange: 20 Black

ALGAE - 60 Dark Green: 20 Black

SEWER WATER - 60 Burnt Umber: 20 Black

AMETHYST - 60 Purple Lake: 20 Black

CONCRETE - 60 Flesh Tint: 20 Black

STORM CLOUD - 60 Turquoise: 20 Black


Cool Grey - 20 Turquoise, 3 Black

Drying Blood - 20 Flame Red, 5 Sepia, 3 Black

Orange - 20 Flame Orange, 5 Flame Red

Green Black - 10 Sap Green, 5 Sepia, 5 Black

Red Black - 10 Flame Red, 3 Black

Blue Black - 10 Rowney Blue, 15 Black

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