Ink Storage

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Unwaxed paper cups.

I use the small disposable gladware containers and put a piece of waxed paper pressed down onto the top of the ink so that it doesn’t form a skin. It’s worked out great. They’re inexpensive, airtight and I can see the colors without opening the containers, they all stack nicely in my ink cabinet and they can be washed and reused.

One technique I was shown a long time ago was to put the ink on a piece of mylar, then cover the ink with transparent plastic packing tape. It should seal it up airtight and you can always see what color it is. I’ve never tried it myself, of course…


we order little tin cans that people who make candles might use. They come in a few sizes and are reasonably priced, and good if you are mixing a lot of inks that you plan to keep around and use in the future. Not as cheap as a paper cup, mind you, but pretty handy and also reusable.

Those little Haagen-daz (sp?) single serve cups—Yum!

T.N.Lawrence in the UK, Drucken-und-Lernen in Germany, who delivers to the UK as well. And with a bit of Googling you should be able to find suppliers in the UK.

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Yoplait, Cottage Cheese & Philadelphia Cream Cheese containers work great! They have tight lids and you can write on the outside with a felt pen. My wife eats all that junk so I have plenty.

We have been using some from these guys:

They have the seamless tins and the window tins, like you described. You can order them in smaller quantities here:

not sure if that helps for where you are, but they have worked well for us.