Acrylic ink: Thinner than acrylic paint this medium when applied in light coats won't obscure the grain
Acrylic Ink on Amber Bamboo
1. Clean the wood substrate. Leave the backing paper on until finished.
2. Using a small brush paint in the raster area; there will be some ink that gets on the face.
3. Using a fine grit sandpaper lightly sand away any ink that made it outside the letters.
4. Clean the surface of any dust from sanding. I also like to use a small dry brush over the raster
5. Touch up if any area of the fill was sanded away.
6. Let dry then seal if desired.
Note: A heavy vector outline seems to help prevent the ink from sucking into the grain and spreading beyond
the fill area. I've also found making sure the ink is well mixed will keep it from being too watery on the brush.
Metallic Ink on Hardboard
Hardboard lacks a grain so the raster area ends up with a pebble like texture. This texture seems to compliment metallic colors really well.
Top silver sample: Used a Silver Leafing Pen from Krylon, Applied black stain to the hardboard followed by a coat of waterbased Polycrylic finish. Once dried I buffed the finish with a cloth to give it a higher gloss.
Bottom gold sample: Gold acrylic ink applied with a small brush (steps above). Using a rag I put mineral oil on the hardboard then sealed with the same protective finish. Buffed to a high gloss.