Bister Ink Powder

Item Code: I157


I157. Bister Color / Ink Powder / Powdered Ink

This powdered ink from Europe has very striking colors. The powders all look about the same, but the mixed ink proves to be warm earthy tones. A little bit goes a long way. Mix in a small, screw-top Dinky Dip: about 1-part powder to 4-parts water. If mixed dark, you can dilute in a palette to get brighter color, and with more water, pastel color.

1oz of powder packaged in a 2oz plastic jar.

Choose: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Mahogany, Natural, Red, Yellow.

Also available as a set (I157-S).

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Bister Ink
Oct 22, 2021  |  By Don
I love the warm earthy tones you get with this ink. And if you dilute them more, you get pastel shades!

Bister Ink for Calligraphy
Oct 26, 2021  |  By Angela N
These inks come in powered form. They can be mixed with water to get the palest of tints to strong (transparent) colors to dark shades that look like dark walnut ink with a hit of color.

Bister's the Best!
Jun 8, 2022  |  By Kristi Lyons
I simply can't get enough of these inks. I play with them constantly. They have the warmest, earthiest tones, and they all play so well together. I use them a lot with triangle brushes and blend two colors quite often. (The red and the yellow are so lovely together.) And I learned a really neat trick: if you want a lovely turquoise blue, take a damp brush and "wipe" up the stuff that sticks to the inside of the bag. This is the most brilliant color! A similar thing can be done with the green--get the fine stuff on the inside of the bag, and it's much greener than what you'd otherwise get. I love these inks. And they'll last you forever. Very good value.

Black ink like Walnut ink!
Jul 1, 2022  |  By Michelle Robnett
I love my walnut ink and wondered if the the Black Bister Ink would act like walnut ink so I purchased a bottle to sample & I love the Black Bister Ink and have already purchased my second container of the ink! I will also be trying the colored Bister inks because I love the effect of the subtle colors! Thank you John Neal Bookseller for your great service and wonderful products!