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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink

Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks

Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Winsor & Newton
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  • RRP at time of writing: £3.50 each or sets of 8 at £24.99

Reason For Buying

Lately I have come back to art journalling, one of the things that put me off before was that most pens died as soon as you tried to write over acrylic paint. I have permanant ink drawing pens such as Faber Castel but unless you write before any colour or gesso goes on the page I was afraid the pen would die. Sharpies from the USA work great, especially the white one but are not easy to get in the uk. This just left Sarpie permanent marker which works but you don’t always want thick nibs! On holiday I bought a dip pen so decided to give drawing inks a try, as you can get a variety of nib styles for these pens so it would give a lot of versatility if it could survive acrylic paint.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Inks contain water soluble dies in shellac solution, this makes them durable
  • If you wash the ink off immediately you can clean nibs in just water.
  • Range of 26 colours available, including; Black, white, gold and silver which are useful for many subjects.
  • Good fitting screw on lids
  • Glass bottles are square section at the base making them easy to store and easy to get hold of
  • The black has stayed stable under and over acrylic paint, water colour paint, watercolour pencil (that has been washed out), and Watercolour crayon (again lettering applied after pigment has been washed out to activate it)
Comparison of W&N Drawing ink; used first used under then over the medium named.

Comparison of W&N Drawing ink; used first used under then over the medium named.

Cons

Not a con, just something to be aware of, with the exception of black & white the inks are not lightfast as they contain dyes. This is fine for arj journals as with in a closed book they wouldn’t have exposure to excessive light. The gold & silver are said to show tarnish over time. Please read the full details at the Winsor & Newton website, listed below.

Build Quality

Excellent, a good range of colours and the ink seems stable for mixed media projects as well as more traditional lettering applications. The colours are also mixable to further extend the colour palette. The ones in the picture below are from the Winsor & Newton William Collection

Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks

Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks

Value for Money

Excellent. The test bottle I used for this review was my husbands and YEARS old, yet it had not dried out and still worked fine. Having got on so well, I have now bought a set for myself and his old one is just as good as this brand new set I bought, this bodes well if like me you are only an occasional user.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, the set I bought myself was called The William Collection which you can get bundled with a pad of paper from the SAA. I have the second collection called Harry on my Christmas wish list ;) and on a promise for it from DH :) :)

Summing up

If you love lettering these inks are a joy, you can get a wide collection of nibs to use with a dip pen and with just a few inks create wonderful lettering projects and they are also fantastic for mixed media projects too. I had feared these inks would smell bad or be difficult to clean from nibs, neither has proved the case. The white has worked very well over dark coloured acrylic paint, and although you may need to go over your lettering a couple of times for a very opaque result they are still an excellent option for art journalling projects.

Links

If you would like your own inks to try, here are a few places where you can get them from.

For a great selection of dip pens and nibs check out Scribblers website.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today’s art journal page, features stamps by Ana Griffin and the lettering I added using Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink and a dip pen.

Mixed media Art Journal page; To Thine Own Self be True

Mixed media Art Journal page; To Thine Own Self be True

I used watercolour paint in the background and liked the effect it gave but as ever being water based, this isn’t the easiest to re work without moving earlier layers so I kept this one simple. I’ve left the area on the left clear as I’ll be punching though here to bind the book at a later date.

Really enjoying the W&N Drawing inks, have been experimenting with what they will write over and what you can see them through and will share the results with you very soon.

Hope you like this page, it is a bit of a moto of mine. I don’t want to be a clone of anyone else, I like to learn from others of course but hope to adapt things to my own style.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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This month’s stash dive includes the following mixed media items.

Stash Dive #2, Mixed media adventures. Lettering

Stash Dive #2, Mixed media adventures. Lettering

  • Creative Lettering book by Jenny Doh
  • Winsor & Newton Drawing ink
  • Dip Pen
  • Zig Writter
  • Zig Art & Graphic pens
  • Zig Wink of Stella

Growing up I was a huge fan of lettering and spent hours playing with different letter styles. Over the years I’ve built quite a collection of different pens and so I invested in Jenny Doh’s book for more ideas for lettering for my art & journalling pages.

The inks were due to the purchase of a dip pen and the wish to find an ink that would work over the top of acrylic paint. I’m especially looking for a white ink. I’ll share the results of my experiments and review some of these products on the blog too.

Will you be joining me this month? What will you create from your stash?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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