A few days ago an exciting parcel arrived for me – a box of the new range of the De Atramentis Document ink. I have been talking to DeA for a number of months explaining how important permanent ink for fountain pens was for many of us in the sketching world… and now look at our options! Last night, when my Week 4 SketchingNow foundations lesson was ready to go live I got them all out and tested them – oh what fun!
This was drawn with a dip pen (something I never use and don’t quite have the knack of… I seem to forget that I need to refill it!) and then waterolour was added over the top. Oops Fuchsia is misspelt and I also have the bottles in the wrong order.
I ran my brush loaded with clean water over the labels at the bottom of the page to check they were permanent and also rubbed out a few pencil guidelines with an eraser to test if any ink came off that way. Nothing moved!
I haven’t had time to do any mixing with the full CMYK kit yet but last week (or was it the week before… I am losing track of time at the moment!) I mixed up a grey from the document blue and brown. I am not sure of the best way to mix ink (suggestions welcome!) but what I did at the time was top up my half-used brown convertor with blue, and then with my thumb on top, shook it. Messy hands were one of the results…
But the main result was a beautiful grey that I have been using non-stop since. It is so much richer than Noodlers Lexington Grey and because of my inaccurate mix method, it changed from a warm grey(as per above) to cool grey in the first day or so!
Notice the grey in the writing and I had fun drawing into wet paint for the stonework detailing in the fireplace.
Anyway – I will share more details soon when I start mixing.
But in the meantime you might what to pop over and see Jane Blundell’s colour tests of the ink here and here (she has been part of the conversations with DeA too). I understand that a burnt sienna and a grey is planned.
Of course, my biggest dilemma is what to do with these inks and loading up pens to use them.
How many pens do I need?
Finding out how many pens I actually own would be a starter and then what colour inks do I want to load these pens up with? A quick roundup of my pens is a little embarrassing, although not all pens are equal and sadly my green sailor has not reappeared on the scene. Maybe now with lots of colours available, this collection might become more useful!
Too many options?