Monday, 16 August 2010


I thought I would give a beginners guide to the brand names of inks and paints, pens etc and give a brief description of what they are because it is not obvious. What are Tinta inks, Pintura paints, Pinta Perla paints, Perga colours, Perga liners and Dorso crayons?

Tinta inks

There are three types, white, metallic and transparent. They all mix with water but when dry are resistant to water.
White is used for tracing. You have to shake the pot before using it.
Metallic , silver and gold, can also be shaken but the bits quickly fall to the bottom so it is best to give it a stir with a small cocktail stick or similar. Two coats are advised.
Transparent inks are available in about 10 colours and you can mix them to create the shade you want.

Pintura paints are quick drying acrylics so use a damp brush, a little goes a long way.

Pinta Perla is a water based acrylic paint which gives a pearly sheen.

Perga Color are water based felt tip pens, you can mix colours together on a palette

Perga Liners are pencil crayons, they come in oil based and water colour or aquarelle.

Dorso crayons are oil pastels and can be used to colour the back of parchment. They can be applied with zest it or turpentine.

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