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Best Fabric Type For Ink Rags?

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#1 AdrielGrey

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 22:12

What's the best kind of fabric or ink rags? I see all these beautiful ink rags that work well, that absorbs and cleans, (and keeps the colours.) The few I've tried have been crappy. They don't absorb, they only smear ink. I've resorted to paper towels, but I want a dedicated ink rag. Any suggestions?
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Posted 02 April 2020 - 23:02

I use a small microfiber towel. Works great!  :thumbup:



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Posted 03 April 2020 - 00:29

I just use this cheap piece of an old hand towel.F2CFBADB-BC7A-45B2-B3A8-4819B50DF376.jpeg
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#4 Parker51

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Posted 03 April 2020 - 02:47

I use an old cloth diaper.

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Posted 03 April 2020 - 03:42

I use squares cut from an old bath towel. with time they become really colorful, since the ink does not completely wash out when washed by hand. Does not bother me at all.


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Posted 03 April 2020 - 07:39

I use paper napkins, the bathroom/makeup kind you can flush down the toilet safely.



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Posted 03 April 2020 - 10:16

20" x 20" towel folded in half. Inky side for filling/mixing. Will easily absorb any accidental spillage. Cleanish side for nib/pen work. Stops items from roaming around.


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Posted 03 April 2020 - 11:53

I just use this cheap piece of an old hand towel.attachicon.gif F2CFBADB-BC7A-45B2-B3A8-4819B50DF376.jpeg

That's an inspiration  :)

 

I use paper towels, but I am thinking of switching over. Why waste when I can use something else? 

 

20" x 20" towel folded in half. Inky side for filling/mixing. Will easily absorb any accidental spillage. Cleanish side for nib/pen work. Stops items from roaming around.

That's a good idea, might try something like it.  



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Posted 03 April 2020 - 12:23

All of the aforementioned -- having a quiver full children has also the benefit that I basically always have some rags in my pockets, heck just now I have even an old towel around my neck ! ;)


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Posted 03 April 2020 - 12:58

That's an inspiration  :)
 
I use paper towels, but I am thinking of switching over. Why waste when I can use something else? 
 
That's a good idea, might try something like it.  


Glad you like it. I was inspired by SBRE Browns when he showed it in a video. Up until then I had been using paper towels as using an old peice off hand towel had never occurred to me.
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Posted 03 April 2020 - 14:00

I use old t-shirts. Seems to work fine. I do cut them up.

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Posted 03 April 2020 - 14:00

I use old t-shirts. Seems to work fine. I do cut them up. Maybe I shouldn't and maybe I could show them on the Paris runways.

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Posted 03 April 2020 - 14:13

I use old t-shirts. Seems to work fine. I do cut them up. Maybe I shouldn't and maybe I could show them on the Paris runways.


If you really want to do something like that you could go to a craft shop and buy a new white t-shirt of 100% cotton such as they sell for tie-dieting as well as some of the material you wash the shirts in after they have been dyed to set the dye.

Your idea has inspired me to try this once everything settles down with a shirt in my size and once "finished", I will wear it to a pen show.

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Posted 03 April 2020 - 17:26

If you really want to do something like that you could go to a craft shop and buy a new white t-shirt of 100% cotton such as they sell for tie-dieting as well as some of the material you wash the shirts in after they have been dyed to set the dye.

Your idea has inspired me to try this once everything settles down with a shirt in my size and once "finished", I will wear it to a pen show.

amazon :)

 

why wait? get a head start! 

 

it IS a good idea btw, especially if you like Noodler's bulletproof inks... and use a cotton (cellulose) tshirt :)


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Posted 03 April 2020 - 20:10

I've used an old bath cloth for years. Throw it in the washer by itself every so often.


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Posted 03 April 2020 - 21:06

amazon :)

 

why wait? get a head start! 

 

it IS a good idea btw, especially if you like Noodler's bulletproof inks... and use a cotton (cellulose) tshirt :)

 

 

better hurry - supplies are going fast, now that everyone is having to make their own face masks. 


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Posted 04 April 2020 - 01:08

I only use flannel sheets, have for decades. A perk is that when they wear out they make perfect rags for virtually everything. Including pen wipes. 100% cotton flannel rags. Nothing finer.



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Posted 04 April 2020 - 14:22

+1 for T-shirt.  I never lack for a source, in fact have more than I will ever use as pen wipes, because I enjoy using one up completely.  Whenever a shirt starts to get holes or come apart at the seams, I cut it into manageable sized pieces which I use for many purposes aside from pen wipes [sweat rags for when I'm doing yard work, for instance].

 

Wash a pen wipe?  Why, for Pete's sake?  They aren't getting dirty, just inky!  But I must admit the suggestion of using a new T-shirt for a time, then wearing it as body art seems appealing.



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Posted 04 April 2020 - 14:48

 But I must admit the suggestion of using a new T-shirt for a time, then wearing it as body art seems appealing.


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Posted 04 April 2020 - 15:53

If you really want to do something like that you could go to a craft shop and buy a new white t-shirt of 100% cotton such as they sell for tie-dieting as well as some of the material you wash the shirts in after they have been dyed to set the dye.

Your idea has inspired me to try this once everything settles down with a shirt in my size and once "finished", I will wear it to a pen show.

I may try this! Though I may just cut up the shirt - don't want to waste more paper towels. 

 

I wonder what other materials could be made into some form of art by becoming ink rags...







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