Ink Wash Recipe

by Nate Birkholz

I just received a highly useful response to a query on the Privateer Press Miniatures and Modeling forum. I inquired about brands of inks to use for creating your own washes, and received an informative link in reply, including a detailed recipe and process:

His basic recipe is simple:


  • Fill 1 large filler bottle with Matte Medium, the other with a 10:1 Distilled Water and Flow Aid.
  • Fill the small 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.
  • Add drops of ink to desired consistency (his recipes are for 1oz dropper bottles, but the 1oz bottles look to be no longer available).

I am blatantly adding this to my blog so I have some floating bookmarks, but what the heck, maybe it will be of use to you, too. He also sells premixed, go give the guy some business!

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