I made this and shot pictures like 2-3 years ago. I just discovered it while cleaning up images on my desktop (which is a hot mess) and figured I would share. I’m sure it’s been done various other places, but I need to cross this off my list so here we go.
I found myself wanting small jars for mixing custom ink colors in gouache (for calligraphy, but works for any aqueous media) and then tipping them over. Constantly. We replaced the flooring in my studio not long ago because of how horribly stained it got. Also, I hate carpet.
So I made this little ink tray. You may want to, too.
Cut down your block to 12″ wide. Sand the edges so they’re smooth to the touch.
Mark out every inch along the board with a pencil. Optional: create an indent with the tip of the screw so your bit won’t slip around as you start the process.
Measure how deep you want the drill to go and tape it off. This will allow you to have consistent heights when you put your jars in the board.
Drill away! Go slowly and make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area with protective glasses.
Admire your handywork!
Use the sticky tack to apply to the bottoms of your jars so they don’t move around. it also helps tilt the jars when the ink gets low.