Mixing Gum Arabic With Ink || Calligraphy Tips & Tricks

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  1. Allyson Knirk June 28, 2016 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for posting this! 🙂 It's been super helpful already!

  2. msnaomielle June 29, 2016 at 2:05 am - Reply

    Thanks for following up on your promise! New subscriber here and I've barely begun calligraphy so I was searching YT for tips for lefties like me and your videos have been quite helpful so far 🙂 can you do another video on basics catered to beginners like me? I really liked your first and would love to see more tutorials!! Thank you and keep up the good work 😀

  3. Radiant Jasmin August 21, 2016 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this tip!

  4. Kenneth Keeton August 26, 2016 at 6:35 am - Reply

    It might be a little easier for people to understand 1 part Gum Arabic to 3 parts Calligraphy Ink. Some people are not always sure about fractions unless you have measurement spoons witch most women sometimes do not take kindly having there nice measurement spoons use for mixing inks. I almost had my head bit off and was told to go buy a cheep plastic set if I need them and not to use the ones used for cooking. I also like the 2 or 3oz. plastic jars with lid liners for mixing my inks they only run a couple of dollars at most and perfect for mixing ink as you need it and cheep enough that you can buy several jars and have as many colors as you like handy. For gold ink many Calligraphers prefer Dr. Ph. Martin's Iridescent (11R) Copper Plate Gold and there like of other Iridescent inks are nice too for pointed dip pen work and there is an eye dropper in the bottle so you can apply it to the underside of the nib where the ink should be rather than having to wipe the top of the nib off on the jar to keep from runs. If you get the ink at Hobby Lobby they normally have a 40% coupon off one item and I suggest you use it on the Gum Arabic as it is likely the most costly thing your going to purchase. If it was not for the 40% off coupon they have online that you can use in store on online I would not shop there as I do not agree with there morals but heck with morals when I can get a 14.99 2.5oz bottle of Gum Arabic for 40% off. Just go to there web site and you can order online with coupon, or in store and present the coupon on your smartphone or print it out of the web. I think Michael's craft supply store charges more than 14.99 fop the same product and seldom has a coupon. I most always find a 40% off coupon for Hobby Lobby. Warning do not waste your time going there on Sundays because they are closed, religious stuff ya know.

  5. salem amen August 29, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    sorry i can't find gum arabic in egypt

  6. Ryan Dubs August 30, 2016 at 2:17 am - Reply

    my favourite part of this video is when u talked about mixing gum arabic with ink

  7. Net Pro83 September 3, 2016 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Oh, that's too much for this little bit of gum Arabic.
    One kilogram of raw gum Arabic costs about 10 dollars.
    And with 1 kilogram you can make at least 5 Liters of liquid gum Arabic.

  8. Emaretta September 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Ha!! I bought a different brand of gum Arabic. It was much cheaper than Winsor & Newton! When I came home and opened it to my surprise it turned out to be power! I mixed a quarter coffee spoon right into my 20g ink jar and it worked!! Yay. Great results. Finally I can practice 🙂

  9. Annette September 12, 2016 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Enjoyed your information. Glad to see some useful info for us lefties in your other videos. I subscribed so as not to miss anything! I wonder how long this mixture lasts. I would imagine you have to stir it up each time, but if you have leftover mixture, can it be stored?

  10. nicole wright September 16, 2016 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    my advice buy it on ebay. you may find cheaper ones. with same results. I bought mine for 12 bucks no shipping fee the others were from 17 and up

  11. Lori Jones September 25, 2016 at 12:37 am - Reply

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Angela Fong October 23, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

    what will I do if my gum Arabic is powder??

  13. olstar18 November 17, 2016 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Thanks. Bought a bottle of the same ink but found it was to thin to write properly. Wasn't sure of the ratio of ink to gum needed. Now I just need to wait for the order to come in so I can start mixing my ink.

  14. steppenwolf January 22, 2017 at 2:25 am - Reply

    neat idea, but it's easier just to make your own ink. i call it "ink in a hurry".

    600 ml vinegar
    70 g oak galls (or a 46 g packet of wine tannin)
    28 g gum arabic
    42 g iron sulphate (copperas)

    decant the vinegar into an iron pot* and place over a soft heat, but let it not seethe. then one should add the oak galls# gum arabic, and copperas, beaten into a small powder, stirred in with a stick. once all has dissolved, it should be set to the side and after it has sat for an hour, strained. it will be good ink.

    * if no iron pot is available, use any metal pot that will never have food cooked in.
    # or wine tannin.

    wine tannin can be procured from any home brew supply (or online), gum arabic powder can be found on amazon and the best place for copperas is any garden supply shop that sells hy-yield brand copperas. it comes in 4 lb bags for around $6.

  15. Joan Doyle January 24, 2017 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Is this now waterproof?

  16. Nick Doe February 23, 2017 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Good job

  17. Blissfulthings March 6, 2017 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    interesting…but I think I would use anything but computer paper I know you said it's much cheaper and it is! maybe this will also help
    get computer paper that is a heavier weight than the average cheap one ,this paper is sold at the same place that you get computer paper
    it can get up to 80 pounds so try some different weights that should stop the feathering you are experiencing, what weight is the paper your useing for this video? all packages have this printed on them ?

  18. Mark EM March 25, 2017 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Is there something I can use like gum arabic to thicken my ink that does not result in a gloss/satin finish?

  19. Turners Coast April 14, 2017 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Beautiful calligraphy, so perfect! ?

  20. Maddy Torta De Climão May 9, 2017 at 3:24 am - Reply

    have you tried this mixed ink in watercolour paper? and will it smudge if i apply water on the lines after it dries? i want to draw with this ink both on normal (for comics) and watercolor paper (for illustration)

  21. World Football Highlights June 15, 2017 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    can you tell me where to buy gum arabic

  22. Gigi Johnson July 19, 2017 at 6:48 am - Reply

    you used external but I have india Higgins ink can it be used the same. I have gum Arabic.

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