For the past few years I’ve been chipping away at a massive behind-the-scenes project. I’m going through and updating all my old blogposts (since 2008) as all the images prior to 2016 were embedded from Flickr or from Blogpost and don’t display clearly. As well as replacing the images I’m also working on my extensive indexing system.
I love going through old work and seeing how my drawing and painting has developed over the years. So this seemingly never-ending task has been an enjoyable experience.
When I started this huge blog upgrade I began with the earliest posts and started forward (BTW here is a link to the first blogpost from 2008!) and made it to the end of 2011 But recently I changed my strategy and I’m doing one month at a time for the years 2012-2016. This means that I’m even more aware of the changes in my work from year to year… the different phases in my work.
Something that is capturing my attention at the moment is my ‘coloured-ink phase’. This is when De Atramentis began to bring out different colours in their Document Ink range, and Super5 inks arrived on the scene too. I really enjoyed sketching with multiple coloured inks – sometimes with as many as seven!
In my SketchingNow courses, I often mention the special magic that comes for me when I alternate between ink and watercolour… but I think that this magic is even greater if I also alternate between different pens.
So yesterday I decided that I wanted to load up a few pens and play with some different coloured inks again.
But what colours should I use? What colours do I actually have in my ink collection? Hmm, time for a colour chart!
Usual fountain pens (more about each here)
- Lamy Joy pen (white and red) with F nib filled with De Atramentis Document Ink black – for drawing
- Green Sailor fountain pen with 55 degree fude nib filled with De Atramentis Document Ink Black – for drawing (especially quick sketches)
- Platinum Carbon Desk Pen (EF Nib) with Carbon Ink cartridge – for detailed drawings (rare!)
- TWSBI Eco (white) F nib with De Atramentis Document Ink Black – for all my writing.
- TWSBI Eco (yellow) F nib filled with De Atramentis Document ink personal burnt Sienna mix – for drawing and writing
- TWSBI Eco (turquoise) F nib filled with J Herbin Diabolo Menthe ink (water-soluble ) – for the guidelines for my writing.
- TWSBI Eco (blue) F nib with Lamy Turquoise ink (water-soluble) – for notes.
Additional fountain pens (all for drawing)
- Green Sailor fountain pen with 55 degree fude nib filled with De Atramentis Document Ink Brown
- Blue Sailor fountain pen with 45 degree fude nib filled with De Atramentis Document Ink Fog Grey (it’s a dark blue-grey colour)
- Blue Sailor fountain pen with 45 degree fude nib filled with De Atramentis Document Ink – my personal raw Sienna mix (yellow and brown)
- White Sailor fountain pen with 45 degree fude nib filled with De Atramentis Document Ink Urban Grey.
Hmm, that is a lot of different pens!
Do you use any coloured inks? Please let me know in the comment section below.