Shading ink, also known as grey wash, is a diluted form of tattoo ink used to create a lighter, more delicate colour in a tattoo. Tattoo companies categorise their shading inks by percentages, indicating how much ink the mixture contains. A 25 per cent shading tattoo ink contains 25 per cent tattoo ink and 75 per cent of a diluent such as water or witch hazel. When mixing a shading ink, consistency between batches ensures the same colour throughout the entire tattoo.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- tattoo ink mixing caps
- tattoo ink
- diluent (witch hazel or purified water)
Line up six empty, sterile ink mixing cups on a flat, secure surface.
Uncap the black tattoo ink and the water or witch hazel.
Hold the tattoo ink bottle over the first cap and squeeze until a precise, controlled flow of ink leaves the bottle.
Drop ink into the cups. For 25 per cent shading ink, fill the cap one-quarter full with ink.
Add the diluent to the cups and fill completely. This creates a solution that is 25 per cent ink.
Tips and warnings
- Be sure to create enough ink to finish the entire sitting in order to ensure a consistent shade.
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