In today’s post I will be reviewing; Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink
- 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.
- 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)
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.
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
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 :) :)
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.
If you would like your own inks to try, here are a few places where you can get them from.
- Winsor & Newton makers website and details of where you can find a stockist.
- Winsor & Newton Drawing inks
- Jacksons Art Supplies
For a great selection of dip pens and nibs check out Scribblers website.
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon