Grey wash

j3rz3y1

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Just a question ? What do you use to delute your black to make grey wash ? Is distilled water ok ? any feed back is welcomed thanks. ED
 

Davey

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Correct Ed. Always try to use distilled water, as it doesnt contain as much lime etc.
 

j3rz3y1

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No it was just a question i read somewhere that distilled water was ok to use . I have no idea what else is used , maybe some pointers in that way might help.
 

spongeboob74

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i was told that original listerine mouthwash was ok to use as its sterile but was unsure so havent tried... does anyone know if thats the case??
 

Deziner

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Davey said:
Correct Ed. Always try to use distilled water, as it doesnt contain as much lime etc.

I use tap water. Its never let me down! It doesn't matter if you drink it or run an open wound under the tap, so its not that bad i'd say. :)
 

Morpheus59

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Most tutorials I've learned from say to use distilled water, or Witch Hazel, which you can get from the pharmacy, One actually said to se vodka!! But i think the alcohol would sting.u
 

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hi all its been a while but for greywash i tend to use distilled whichazel which works well for me. You can buy it at any chemist or wilkinson store for a couple of pounds. never had problems with any reactions.

Heres how i do it
3 ink cups
first one with half black half witchazel
second cup 3 drips of black toped up with witchazel
tird cup 1 drip toped up with witchazel
Make sure you mix it well or it will show up white on the skin
works well for me

Cheers
Ron
 

j3rz3y1

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Bought whichazle the other day just need someone to try it on now :biggrin:



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inkaholic

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i find that it personal preference, I use distilled water, i also use kuro sumi grey wash only and feather it out, or cross hatch, witch hazel will give a different Flo, it's just down to preference tho i would stay clear of tap water, no other reason than to cover your ass!
needle use would also make a difference along with machine set up, i now use a swash drive rotary for shade, slow!!! less trauma so i can build, generally i use a curved mag. or weaved, and rarely a circular motion!
There are lots of answers to this ? but the best is to find what suites your style, from all of these! :rolleyes: that's my 10peneth
 

wdhtrim

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Ive tried every trick under the sun and found that for me the very best is a mix of 50/50 pure glycerin and witch hazel still sterile due to the witch hazel and the glycerine gives it some thickness so its not so runny
 

Reaper G

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grey wash mixing

hi all i am doing alot of shading and was looking at making some grey wash up in bottles i no the mixing methord in the ink cups but not for doing it on a larger scale and would i be beter with witchhazel or distiled water with it all not been yousd in one go
 

skinpix

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hi all i am doing alot of shading and was looking at making some grey wash up in bottles i no the mixing methord in the ink cups but not for doing it on a larger scale and would i be beter with witchhazel or distiled water with it all not been yousd in one go


hey reaper, personally i would use distilled water......if you find it a bit thin to work with,you can thicken it up with glycerin.......just looked in the "little black book of tattooing" it says to mix 1oz bottles of greywash you need 10 drips of black for dark,7 drips for med,& 3 drips for light.....but i suppose this depends on how strong your black is.....
 

Reaper G

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glyserine

is that what is mixed with colour inks to make them in to a paste as on miami ink if so what is the mixing ratio if known
 

skinpix

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mixing your inks is a personal preference thing,no hard & fast rules about thickness,just what works for you.
 
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