Calligraphy: A Scribe's Notes Art Blog
No matter how fastidious you are, we all get ink and gouache and paint on our hands sometimes. I try to keep my work area immaculate especially when working on a final piece, one little over-dip, one fumble and you're done. I have had many a struggle with an ink bottle cap and lost. Fountain pens and their maintenance are the worst offenders. I should just accept that ink is going to get all over the place and put on an apron and some laytex gloves before tackling a fountain pen.
Some materials stain more than others and can be tough to get off. Dye based inks that are not lightfast will come off pretty easily and any residue stain will fade. Permanent and waterproof inks are harder to get off. So, how do you get ink stains off your fingers? In a recent Cyberscribes discussion some of the top suggestions were:
1. Pumice stone and dish detergent 2. Clorox Bleach and a scrub brush 3. Marvelous Marianne's Savvy Soap Hand and Brush Cleaner 4. An electric toothbrush and hand cleaner 5. GoJo, (hardware store) 6. Double D Eucalyptus oil 7. Baby Wipes 8. Clorox wipes 9. Electric toothbrush and Windex 10. Leave them there, they will wear off
I thought the electric toothbrush was pretty novel. Personally, I stay away from bleach on my skin. Harsh cleansers will take the stains off and some of your skin along with it, so use the least amount possible.
I prefer Baking Soda and Peroxide to clean paint and ink off my hands. That mixture is good for cleaning almost anything, teeth, sink, bathtub, kitchen counters work surfaces, and grout. One hand and brush cleaner I have found that works extremely well and is eco friendly is Earth Safe Hand and Brush Cleaner. You need very, very little, it works well and won__™t hurt you like some solutions will.
Some scribes expressed a preference for not scrubbing stains off at all, rather wearing them as a testimony to the craft and hard day__™s work. I can see the logic in that. Stains can also serve as a visual aid, ___See what I__™m working on, it__™s this green and this blue and a little gold.___ Yet there are times when ink under the fingernails can be interpreted as dirt, so use your judgment. If you know you are going to a wedding or cocktail party later in the day, just avoid the studio all together if possible, otherwise you are just tempting fate.
Why the picture of the coleus? I found this variety at a greenhouse and the name on the tag was Inky Fingers. I couldn__™t leave it there, could I?