WASH RECIPE: (updated so all recipes are for one 15ml bottle)

You will need:

* Distilled Water (grocery store)
* Liquitex Matte Medium
* Liquitex Flow Aid
* 15ml bottle
* Daler Rowney Acrylic Artist Inks (Water Proof) 
*2 filler bottles
* Recipe notebook so you can write down custom mixes

All recipes use 1 oz bottles.  Adjust to whatever size you decide to go with.


*Fill 1 filler bottle with Matte Medium, the other with a 10:1 Distilled Water and Flow Aid.

*Fill the 30ml Dropper Bottle half way with Matte Medium then fill the rest of the way with the          Water/Flow Aid mix leaving a little room for the ink drops so you dont over flow.
Every  bottle uses this combination to start with.

*Shake inks well before adding them to the mix.


Tailoring Washes to your liking:

-DARKEN-LIGHTEN:  add or subtract ink drops from the recipe (duh lol)

-THICKEN WASH: Change the 1:1 medium and water mix to have more matte medium than water i.e. 60% medium 40% water

-THIN WASH:  Opposite of above, more water than medium in mix.

Experimenting with MIXES and Custom Colors:
This took time and money to get things right in the recipe.  The best advice I can give you is “write it down”.  Have a little notebook just for mixes.  Write the medium/water ratios and drops of ink (each color if it’s a combo).  The number of colors you can come up with are limitless.



My mixes will give you a starting point and you can customize to your liking from there.


Soft Body Black: 10 drops Black (.5 ml)


 Heavy Body Black: 30 drops Black (1.5 ml)


Parchment: 20 Drops Flesh Tint (1 ml)
Flesh Wash: 20 Drops Burnt Umber (1 ml)


Dark Sepia: 20 Drops Sepia (1 ml)


Blue: 20 Drops Rowney Blue (1 ml)


Green: 20 Drops Dark Green (1 ml)


Purple: 20 Drops Purple Lake (1 ml)

You can mix the ink colors to make infinate amounts of custom colors for your own purpose.  Never buy washes with limited color choices.  You now have the recipe to the most flexible wash production that you can do at home.

Enjoy! -Les

ADDED—————Jan 5 2011——————————-

Les’ DIRTY WASHES (1:1 premixed matte medium and h2o-flow aid mix is added after the ink is counted out)

.5oz (15ml) Bottle measurements  



60 Raw Sienna (3 ml)

20 Black (1 ml)


60 Flame Red (3 ml)

20 Black (1 ml)


60 Sepia (3 ml)

20 Black (1 ml)


60 Rowney Blue (3 ml)

20 Black (1 ml)


60 Flame Orange (3 ml)

20 Black (1 ml)


60 Dark Green (3 ml)

20 Black (1 ml)


60 Burnt Umber(3 ml)

20 Black (1 ml)


60 Purple Lake (3 ml)

20 Black (1 ml)


60 Flesh Tint (3 ml)

20 Black (1 ml)


60 Turquoise (3 ml)

20 Black (1 ml)

Cool Grey – 20 Turquoise, 3 Black
Drying Blood – 20 Flame Red, 5 Sepia, 3 Black
Orange – 20 Flame Orange, 5 Flame Red
Green Black – 10 Sap Green, 5 Sepia, 5 Black
Red Black – 10 Flame Red, 3 Black
Blue Black – 10 Rowney Blue, 15 Black