Traditional scrimshaw is etched on a white surface and inked in black. By using white ink on a black surface your finished work of art will be uniquely original. At first it may feel different to ‘think’ in reverse but I have found it to be loads of fun and very rewarding – with amazing results!
I highly recommend the rich pigments of Dr. Martins’ Hydrus brand of inks. They fit all the criteria for great scrimshaw ink – transparent, water based, finely ground pigment with remarkable permanency.
This ink comes in a 1/2 fl. oz bottle with a dropper.
Tip: I use a piece of glass as a palette for mixing colors. It is 2 ½” x 3″ but about any size will work. I have a piece of white paper taped to the back side. This gives you a true measure of your colors as you are mixing and is less messy. I place a drop or 2 of ink on the glass then use my brush to transfer the ink to the piece.