Friday, January 09, 2009

A Bottle of Ink

2009-5My favorite inks are Noodler's Bulletproof Black and Lexington's a love-hate relationship, though.  I bought myself some Lamy Safari fountain pens last year for my birthday (?) and the inks were highly regarded by other sketchers and Moleskine enthusiasts.  They are waterproof on cellulose materials and wash off of others, making them good for mailing addresses, checks, important signatures and pen and ink sketches...if you're patient.  Those who know me know that "patience" isn't my strong suit.  If the conditions are humid, it takes a while to dry enough not to smear or run when painted over.  I love to write and draw with it and the pens, so, I wait.

Lexington GreyAt the top of the label in this tiny sketch, you can see where the ink smeared when I tried to wash a tiny bit of blue over it.  It had been drying for an hour. 

Last night, I got out my bundle of Sakura Pigma Micron pens, my first favorite pens before I got the Lamys.  I'll carry them around for a back-up when I'm out and don't want to wait for the ink to dry.  In the meantime, I'm going to check out my sketchbook papers, maybe the sizing is interfering with the ink absorption?  Maybe some of the paper isn't cellulose?  I used two new types in this sketchbook, made for Utrecht by Canson, I think.  In the process of testing my pens (there were some older ones in the bunch), my kids decided they liked them, too, my daughter wants her own, to buy with her Christmas money.  We'll make a pilgrimage to Utrecht this weekend...and maybe stop off at Creative for a tube of Daniel Smith watercolor along the way!


Jules said...

mmm... I use the bullet-proof polar black and have been pining after lexington grey - I may have to treat myself now you've brought it back to mind!

john.p said...

I found the same problem with Noodlers. I love my Safari! And it works well with Noodlers for writing and pen/ink sketching. But when I do my watercolor pencil over it, it bleeds. Even after 2 days drying. I mentioned this in EDM, too, and found that people who rave about Noodlers don't paint over it. Such a pitty, because I love writing with it, and use it in my calligraphy work now. (BTW, thanks for stopping by my blog, neighbor.)

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