How to Dilute Dried India Ink


India ink is used in many craft projects. It can be used for calligraphy on cards or certificates, and can be painted onto model trains and other vehicles. The ink is very black and comes liquified in jars, or in stick or cake form. The downfall with the liquid version is that it may dry out if not capped correctly or left to sit for a long period of time. Thankfully, it can be revived once it dries out.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty jar with lid
  • Wooden stick
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Remove the lid from the jar of India ink and the empty jar.

  • Scrape the dried India ink into the empty jar with the wooden stick.

  • Add rubbing alcohol to the jar with the dried ink. Start by using 1 part alcohol to 1 part ink.

  • Cap the lid of the jar on tightly and shake vigorously for five minutes.

  • Remove the lid and stir with the wooden stick. If the ink is still too goopy, add more rubbing alcohol and repeat the process.

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