DIY Washes - From

Here is an excellent tutorial on making your own washes from LBursley of via DakkaDakka -

I'm posting this to the public to "spit" in the face of the person that reported my product. I hope my efforts in testing inspire others to find cheaper alternatives to save our community money. With the prices of models and other things not easily replaced, the hobby is expensive and we should share what we can. -Les

All I ask is give me credit where credit is due if you decide to spread the word.


You will need:

* Distilled Water (grocery store)
* Liquitex Matte Medium
* Liquitex Flow Aid
* 1oz 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 1oz 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.


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

Soft Body Black: 20 drops Black

Heavy Body Black: 60 drops Black

Parchment: 40 Drops Flesh Tint

Flesh Wash: 40 Drops Burnt Umber

Dark Sepia: 40 Drops Sepia

Blue: 40 Drops Rowney Blue

Green: 40 Drops Dark Green

Purple: 40 Drops Purple Lake

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
I just went to and ordered up the ingredients above. I use a TON of wash on my models and I figure this small investment (about $30) will pay off huge in the long run. I will be sure to post about my endeavors in making my own washes once all my ingredients arrive.