Traditional Natural Animal Gelatin 三千本胶

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Gelatin is the most famous sizing agent in history. It is not ‘acid free’ but it still lasts forever. This gelatin is a classic gelatin extracted from animal skin. It is also referred to as San Qiang Ben Jiao 三千本胶 in Chinese. This gelatin is mixed with impurity substances such as fat. However, thanks to these impurities, this type of traditional gelatin is stable, resistant to water, and flexible. It is perfect in terms of transparency and stickiness.

It is widely used for layering colours in paintings. There is a very nice discussion on gelatin @INKSTON Art Forum.

This product is gelatin handmade in Japan. INKSTON has been trying different gelatin in market and finally fell in love with is Japanese piece. It is very fine, although the price is slightly higher than gelatin produced in China.


Usage: use 10 times more water to dilute the gelatin you need. For example, if you cut off 2g gelatin, then you need 20g water to dilute it.

Making Alum Gelatin Water: a basic formula is that 4g gelatin, 200cc water, and 1.3g alum. According to Chieh Tsu Yuan Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden, for different seasons the proportion of the formula is different.

  • In summer, 60% gelatin to 40% alum;
  • In autumn, 80% gelatin to 20% alum;
  • In winter, 70% gelatin to 30% alum.

Purpose: it is perfect to process natural colour chips.

Storage: once it is diluted, it is better to keep it in fridge because the product is made with natural animal skins and can get bad easily.


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Product Size 31 × 3 × 0.2 cm
Product Weight 28
SKU ink-rinpjt00-15962

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  • 罗雁 LuoYan

    Really nice, love the color thank you

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  • 罗雁 LuoYan

    still not used but they look ok! Arrived in 2 weeks

  • je suis très content, belle couleur !

  • 罗雁 LuoYan

    Very nice, thank you so much and nice packing and quick delivery

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  • I do not understand where this is used for? Layering colors?

  • Liliane Berthelet Tourtaud Merci! 🙂

  • J’espere a vos commentaires! 🙂

  • Duras
    Son un poco duras y cuesta deshacerlas y apenas cubren de color. Son muy bonitas y bien presentadas en su caja.

  • Five Stars
    good product and well packaged.

  • Color Ink Sticks Extraordinaire!
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  • Recien recibo de parte de AMAZON este precioso estuche que comercializa INKSTON. Se trata de 12 barras de pigmento para diluir con la piedra inkstone. Pigmentos de calidad superior y rendimiento tambien superior.
    En mi caso para utilizar como acuarela ( compongo mis propias paletas de colores a partir de este material).
    A destacar que el fabricante de este producto es Old Hu Kai Wen, es decir, el primer y mas pretigioso productor de barras de tinta y pigmentos de China. La distribuidora para el mundo entero INKSTON realiza una gran labor al ofrecer a través de su web propia y de AMAZON el amplio surtido de productos de Old Hu Kai Wen y otros de reconocido prestigio.
    Agradecido a ambos, a Amazon y a INKSTON por poner a nuestro alcance tan precioso y preciado material de bellas artes.
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    Estoy realizando mezclas entre ellas y la variedad es infinita.
    Excelente producto a un precio imbatible.
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  • Heureuse de cet achat
    Vraiment très satisfaite de ces encres de qualité supérieure
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  • I have tried the colors on a Red Star double sheet of Xian paper and found that the reds and blues are augmented with a soluble color that bleeds from the basic stroke. the greens only slightly adulterated while the gold yellow is greatly soluble. The chocolate brown. possibly made with a red, bleeds a red color also.
    The colors are good but one must allow for the migrating color.

    added later,

    I must apologize for leading you into believing that the Hu inks bleed!!
    It was a mistake in using the Red Star Double paper, which has a open
    ‘weave’ that allows very small particles of pigment to diffuse away from a
    stroke. When I used two machine made and pressed papers the amount of
    diffusion was less on one and not at all on the other. Both of the last
    papers have a more ‘closed’ but absorbent nature and would have shown
    bleeding if it were there.
    I apologize to both you and the ink makers at Hu Kaiwen again for my

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