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What is ink?

Ink is a substance, liquid or paste that contains pigments or dyes. Ink is mostly  used to colour a surface to produce an image. The image is sometimes text, pictures or a complex design. Thicker inks, in paste form, are used extensively in offset and lithographic printing.

Ink is also used for drawing or writing. This sort of ink is usually thinner.

The components of inks serve many purposes; the ink’s carrier, colorants, and other additives affect the flow and thickness of the ink and its appearance when dry. From glossy to matte finishes and also the penetration it has into the paper material.

In the next weeks we will explore the common uses of ink as well as the more interesting ones.

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