Ink is an ancient writing and drawing medium in liquid or paste form, traditionally black or brown in colour – though it can also contain coloured dyes or pigments

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  • Marlene Dumas, 'Magdalena 1' 1996
    Marlene Dumas
    Magdalena 1 1996
    Ink on paper
    image: 1250 x 700 mm
    Purchased 1996© Marlene Dumas
  • Henri Michaux, 'Untitled Chinese Ink Drawing' 1961
    Henri Michaux
    Untitled Chinese Ink Drawing 1961
    Ink on paper
    support: 746 x 1099 mm
    frame: 781 x 1130 x 38 mm
    Purchased 1963© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002
  • Pablo Picasso, 'Bullfight Scene' 1960
    Pablo Picasso
    Bullfight Scene 1960
    Brush and ink on paper
    support: 480 x 623 mm
    frame: 928 x 792 x 32 mm
    Presented by Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler 1974, accessioned 1994© Succession Picasso/DACS 2002

Ink is still most commonly made of carbon and binders, but historically was also made from plant or animal sources such as iron gall and sepia.

It is traditionally used with sable brushes or varieties of quill, reed or pen.