Hi guys! 😀
Ever wondered, how to make custom shimmer inks? Or how much shimmer should I put in an ink? Well in this blog post I’m going to do a mini tutorial-advice thingy where I’ll show you how to make your own custom shimmer inks from any ink you have at your disposal!
First thing’s first, you need some shimmer powders. It’s shameless self plugging time so click here to view the fountain pen ink shimmer powders available at Pennonia.
Now that you have shimmer powder and have chosen an ink to combine it with, you have basically two choices.
- Mix ink and shimmer powder in the bottle (don’t do it, NOT RECOMMENDED)
- Mix ink and shimmer powder in a separate container (this is the correct choice)
Okay so what you’ll need is some kind of container to put a small amount of ink into and then mix it with the shimmer powder. If you have plastic vials that’s an ideal choice, but anything will do, just don’t mix a whole bottle because once that shimmer powder is in that ink you will never get it out.
Take a tiny amount of shimmer powder and place it into the container. Use a syringe or a pipette to draw some ink and then add about 3-4 ml into the container (in my case the vial).
Put on the lid or cap and shake it properly until the powder is mixed well with the ink. Use a dip pen to check whether you like the result or not. Since you didn’t fill the container to the brim, you can still add more ink if you would like to reduce the effect of the shimmer.
Check out the gallery for some pictures of the process and the end result!