Liners...how do people here like to use them? in Tips & Advice: Painting Posted September 13, 2011 Also, I am thinking of using liners as washes(as someone suggested in this thread)...in the past I've used inks for this successfully but in the Dark Sword DVD Anne and Jen suggest that inks will tear up your brushes. Liners seem to be a bit thinner and more transparent than standard RMS paints, so they work well as washes. They won't add rich colour as well as inks, but you can get RMS Clears for that. I'm surprised to hear that inks are hard on brushes; what's the mechanism behind that?