Monday, October 3, 2016

Writing Media: The Ink Test

I finally have a new lappy (laptop), so it will be easier for me to make blogs. But there's the problem with the internet speed. If I can find a new way that this internet speed could be consistent, then I wouldn't be having problems updating my blog. 

But I shouldn't be blaming the internet. I just have time management issues. 

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Here are the inks that I own so far: 

Kuretake Sumi Ink Black

This ink claims to be waterproof, but not entirely. The ink will still smear when it comes into direct contact with water. But it doesn't react that much when I paint over it with watercolor. Just don't pour too much water. 

I love this ink because its consistency is just right and it flows out of the nib smoothly.

 


Sumi in writing:
Broad Edge, Italic
Pointed nib, Copperplate


Kuretake White Ink

This Kuretake White Ink was a last minute purchase because I had a commission work to address dark colored envelopes. It turns out that it is not a good idea to use this ink as a writing medium at all, because it cracks when it dries. It's my fault for not reading the label: Highly Opaque white ink for highlights and corrections. I didn't test this ink and haven't used it in a while.

 

Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Black

Dye-based black ink. I had this for almost 3 years.  I even used this with my Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Ink just to get that smooth and pure black color.




Pelikan in writing:



It may not be obvious with broad edge, but as you see with Copperplate, the ink bleeds on paper. This is what happens when Pelikan (fountain ink) or other dye-based ink is used on some type of paper (for this one I used ordinary bond paper). I've read that using Gum Sandarac can control the bleeding (it can help "produce crisper letters and finer thins"), but I haven't used one. 

I tested Pelikan again on a different paper (one specifically designed for Calligraphy use). This is the result:

 


Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Ink Matt Black 

This is my favorite black ink! I've read reviews about densely black inks and it's true. I have to shake this little guy before using it because the pigment (is it?) has settled at the bottom. When the ink is too thick that it doesn't write (particularly broad edge), I just add (a little at a time) distilled water. I've read that the liquid evaporates, so you need to add distilled water. And don't worry, the label at the back says you can add distilled water to it when needed :)

W&N Matt Black in writing:
I just had to write those :)



Walnut Ink Crystals 

I initially wanted to buy the walnut ink, but Paper Ink Arts that time had ran out of stock for it. So I went for this instead. For me, it is more economical to go with the crystals since you can control the amount of water to add and stick to a preferred consistency.
Instructions from Paper Ink Arts: Mix one tablespoon of crystals with one oz. distilled water.




The Ink Within

When I made my first walnut ink mixture, I had to use a stirrer because I thought it would mix that way. Some of the crystals turned hard and did not mix with the water right away, so I thought I did something wrong (like putting the crystals in and water afterwards). I just left it alone and it mixed all on its own. What I love about walnut ink is that I can take some of its mixture on another bottle and add more water to get a lighter consistency, or a wash effect. I use this ink a lot for practicing scripts.

I don't know with others who have used the walnut ink, but something settles at the bottom. I have to shake it every now and then when I write. If I don't, it gets thick and won't flow through the nib properly.

Walnut Ink in writing:




Thursday, September 8, 2016

Greetings, for such a long time!

Long time no see, my blog and to all who visited my blog. Great day, isn't it? Even if it's already evening in your place, it is still a great day!


Thank you all for taking the time to visit and read some of my posts. I noticed that a lot of you are reading my Tools and Materials post. I'll be creating a post soon about the tools and materials that I have used mainly so far. It might be on the next post to this one! 

It's been more than a year since my last post. What was I even doing then? 

Just like every human living in this planet, even you reading this, have been going through struggles of life. It has taken quite long enough and I was able to stand on what I believe in. Whatever that is, I will just keep it to myself as of the moment.

When it comes to passion, I took art lessons a couple of months ago to improve my artwork. I know there are a lot of free videos that will teach you how to draw and even paint, but there was something about it that seemed lacking to me. I was a bit prideful at first, but seeing that I had no progress at all, I had to get rid of that and took the lessons. His rate was expensive, but when I took his first session, I felt he was going to teach me a lot. And the money I paid for him was worth it. It was a good decision since I got to meet a lot of artists of all ages. It also rekindled my passion of pursuing the art that I really admire, too. 

I also realized that I have a lot of things to improve. My instructor told me I know how to draw, but I lack skills with tonal values (more like shading). It's very frustrating because I couldn't get it right even after so many sessions. I hesitate a lot by going back and forth to my work, seeing it is okay. It seemed that it was already acceptable. Is this how an artist is going to be like - like there is no end? I'm not stopping though. In fact, I am having fun. 


So where am I going now? Just last year I had a couple of commission work done, but to be honest, I wasn't satisfied with it. I was asking myself whether this is going to be the one I should be doing. It is still a part of calligraphy and I was even happy making it. However, there was something bugging me whether it was the one that I should be doing or not. 

Most of my commission work were pointed pens and two of them were addressing envelopes. It was my start and I thought it was going to go steady, but it felt like it wasn't the right one that I should be doing. When I discovered calligraphy back in 2013, I already knew what I was really going to do. However, due to competition, I got swept away in that plane and got lost. I was frustrated and have been belittling myself that I should have done this or that, but I already knew what I really wanted to do. It still has something to do with calligraphy, but it is more on broad edge. So what I did, I keep on writing in broad edge and tried to create art with it. It was also the time that I discovered I needed art lessons because my color combination did not seem right, like it was dead. I posted one in my Google+ page.

I'll be showing my artwork in my G+ page, starting from when I took my first art session until the latest one. Next week, I will be learning how to paint, although it is still about techniques rather than color harmony, the part in my art that's missing. 

That will be all for this post. Until next time then!