Store your seal ink in a non-porous container.
Seal ink can be purchased in several formats.
For your studio be generous in the size of your seal ink container.
Good quality seal ink is often sold along with a small paddle called, in Chinese, yinzhu 印箸 or “seal chopsticks.”
There are several problems with the seal ink commonly sold in small flat tins or in small, shallow ceramic bowls.
If you roll your seal ink into a ball you are much less likely to pull fibers from the ink.
The third main ingredient of seal ink, along with color and binder, is oil.
You will want to use the best quality seal ink you can find and/or afford.
A frequent question is where to buy seal ink and, unfortunately for many, the answer is to buy from an art supply store in China.
Seal ink sold in packets is relatively moist, as opposed to ink sold in tins which is usually harder and dryer.
The Chinese word yinni 印泥 can be translated into English as seal ink, ink paste, or seal paste.
The red color of seal ink comes from the mineral cinnabar, which is then made into the color known as vermillion—and it’s poisonous.