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    Default Mixing TW Graphics Water-based Inks

    I posed this question elsewhere, but didn't get a response:

    I'm thinking about picking up a few quarts of TW Graphics ink (5000 and/or 5500), but I had questions about mixing. Both series (5000 and 5500) have "Standard Colors" and "Single Pigment Mixing Colors."

    1) Is it advisable NOT to mix the Standard Colors with other Standard Colors or Single Pigment Mixing Colors?
    2) Also, does anyone have any experience they want to share mixing the 5000 (gloss) and 5500 (flat) series?

    Thanks.

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    Regarding the single-pigment and "standard" colors... They're the same stuff and you can combine.
    The point of using the single pigments is, you can more easily mix them to achieve a desired color without the result turning to mud, because more and more different pigments mixed = mud. You can make any of the multi-pigment Standard colors yourself from the single pigment inks.

    I rarely buy any of the Standard colors... There's no point IMO...

    Likewise you "can" mix 5000 and 5500 (5500 is just 5000 with a flatting additive) but that doesn't mean you should or would...you'd quickly lose track of which mixed inks contained what proportion and might end up with undesired results.

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    Thanks, crosshair, for the info.

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    And none of it matters. All the inks will mix, and all will print. In fact, you can mix TW with other acrylic inks, like speedball, if you really really need to.

    In many cases, the relative flatness of an ink is dependent on the surface coating/texture of the paper. The gloss only becomes apparent as you build up print layers on top of each other.

    Flat beer, especially shitty american brands, make an excellent mixing and thinning medium for TW inks. Makes your gigposters smell like authenticity!
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    Thanks, Andy.

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    On that topic what colours in the series would be good to start with to achieve a wide variety by mixing? I'm looking at the options and they have yellow shade green, yellow shade red, blue shade red, blue shade green etc. If I wanted a sort of standard "red yellow blue" to start mixing should I get any specific ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andymac View Post

    Flat beer, especially shitty american brands, make an excellent mixing and thinning medium for TW inks. Makes your gigposters smell like authenticity!
    HAHA!!! This is great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frédéric Bouin View Post
    On that topic what colours in the series would be good to start with to achieve a wide variety by mixing? I'm looking at the options and they have yellow shade green, yellow shade red, blue shade red, blue shade green etc. If I wanted a sort of standard "red yellow blue" to start mixing should I get any specific ones?
    You should go ahead and get both ys and bs red, gs and rs yellow, gs and rs blue, and magenta as well as black white and clear base. YS Green is handy too for the simple reason that it is much cheaper than the GS Yellow that would account for most of any green you mixed.

    If you had to pick one of each Id say GS Yellow, GS Blue and BS Red. But that would be fairly limiting...they do make those different Reds, Blues and Yellows for a reason.

    FWIW I go through 2 gallons of white and 3+ gallons of clear base for every gallon of an actual color.
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    yeah here we are heavy on black, white, clear, and I also like to keep a gallon of process clear for mixing, it retards the ink drying.

    I also keep quarts of process magenta, process blue, and a gallon of process black even though we don't do much process or 4 colour work - but they print nice and tint nice.

    A purple or violet is good too because it is hard to get nice purples from red and blue.
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    I get a good purple from Magenta + a little bit of RS Blue. I've never bought the Maroon; it's super expensive.

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