Before starting to be used in Europe, it had been known for many centuries to the old Chinese and Egyptians. There were many types of ink: Chinese or East-Indian ink, bister ink, iron gall ink, etc. Modern ink is sold in liquid form and can be either water-soluble or indelible. The first form is suitable for fine lines and subtle effects. Coloured ink can be applied to wet paper to create beautiful flaring effects.

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