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I was just wondering if alcohol inks were safe to use with minis painting. I've found a way to get some extremely cheaply, but I wasn't sure if it would work well for miniature painting. Basically, it's ink suspended in 70% isopropyl alcohol. Would that strip any of the paint off? Is sealing the paint job with testor's dullcote first necessary?

 

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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I have no experience with inks, and don't use washes but I do think that smokingwreckage's suggestion of a test run being the best course of action.

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Yeah, I'll take a risk with one of my already dried Castle Ravenloft minis and some just plain isopropyl alcohol and see if it has any negative effects. If it comes out alright, I'll now have an insanely cheap way of making my own colored inks for painting!

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I forgot to come back and report my test findings. I went ahead and used some alcohol inks on a miniature, and there was absolutely no detrimental effect on the paint job itself! I just recommend, if you are going to use them, to definitely wait until the paint is 100% cured. Now that that is out of the way, I have a little tutorial to write up in case people want to use inks. I know a crazy cheap way to make them!

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I think it was Hot-Lead's videos in which he discussed metallic paints. He recommended not using actual paints or lighter/darker metals to do any shading as it made them look very "clumpy" or glorpy or some other weird word. He recommended using alcohol based metallics for that stage since they use an even finer pigment than standard acrylic, but you have to be quick because it dried very, very fast.

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Alcohol is a mild solvent for acrylics. I use it to strip my minis and clean dreadfully botched acrylic paintings off of panels and canvas. Alcohol does not melt the acrylic, but does soften it, and if you really soak the minis it also makes the paint swell up some.

 

If you're using alcohol-based inks over acrylics, I'd recommend being cautious and letting them dry really thoroughly between coats.

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Would a coat of matte varnish help out here?

 

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Yes. But a thing layer of alcohol-based ink or paint over fully-dried acrylic will do nothing to affect the paint.

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