I was inspired by a few members of Facebook group Fountain Pen Sketchers to start testing more of my sketching supplies! I have tested some of my watercolor pencils, and I am still in progress with that part…
Today I want to share with you all the black inks I have, and how I find them in regards to sketching. Keep in mind that I was essentially looking for a waterproof ink to use in my fountain pen Lamy Joy.
1. Carbon Black – Graf von Faber CastelL
This ink was my first one to buy. I won’t lie here, but I had no idea of what I really need when sketching with watercolors and ink. I tested this ink again today, for educational purposes, and got this amazing sketch, that looks perfect like that. After 15 min wait to dry test, I have added little water with a brush, touching the ink lines. A drop more water and I will get a nasty headache. Nice ink, but for other purposes!
2. Mont Blanc – Permanent Black
This was my second ink, as I thought I knew what the word “Permanent” means. I was wrong…..can somebody get me out of the dark and tell me why would you call something “permanent” that after a 15 min wait to dry looks like this?
This ink may very well be permanent after a few hours of wait, maybe days! Maybe I got the lemon! But it was a $$ lemon… I have to use this ink anyway, just cuz I have it, but honestly, from a watercolour sketching perspective, don’t even try! It will ruin your sketch completely! Ask me how I know this.
3. De Atramentis – Archive Ink – this is The Winner!
Learned about this ink from Liz Steel. And she is talking at length on her blog about the ink she uses and why. I had to order this from Goulet Pens! And I am saving now a chunk to buy all the colors in their Document series! People love them! Love them lots! My Lamy loves this ink, as it never dried in the pen. And for our purposes, take a look at that sketch:
I am not calling this “permanent” as it will get a little grey tint if you rub your brush a few times back and forth. But I don’t mind this at all! Again, all tests were 15 min wait to dry! I will buy this again, thank you!
4. FW Daler Rowney – Acrylic Artists Ink Black 028
DO NOT USE THIS INK IN A FOUNTAIN PEN!
This is a beast! I love this ink, as once dry, nothing will move on the paper, no mater how much you load your brush, and you can rub till tomorrow, or make a hole in the page. It is a little inconvenient to handle, true. You can use this with a brush, a technical pen, or a dip pen. Get yourself some dip nibs, and a nib holder, and let the fun begin! Marc Taro Holmes inspired me to give this a try. You get more lines variations, more lively lines. All my ink test today were done using various dip nibs. If you like sketching out on location, this might not be the easiest option out there, but totally doable. Marc proved it.
This is my story, if anyone out there knows more about this matter, please comment so I can learn too. And more than anything, let’s all spread the love, relaxation, the sanity and the fun that comes from starting a sketching journey!
What is your favorite permanent ink?