The coolest pens and inks

Ink is a very old medium and was invented more than 2000 years ago! These days you can get the modern-day equivalent of fantastic coloured inks which can be mixed with each other.

There are two types of ink. Water fast inks and inks that dissolve with water.
For instance, an ordinary black fountain pen ink makes unusual colours all on it’s own. It’s not water fast. When used with water the colour is obviously diluted and it becomes lighter. When dried and re-wet it sometimes produces yellow or purple tints and sometimes turquoise tinges, depending on the manufacturer.

There are many ready made pens of different types and thicknesses to try out.  It is always handy and fun to have a selection to choose from and try out. Some pens are water fast and some are water soluble. They all make their own special marks.

Try out different kinds of papers. The heavier and rougher the paper the more course your finished piece will be. In general, smooth thick paper should be used. Remember, just like a fountain pen, nibs must only be pulled and not pushed, pushing causes splattering.

Working with Ink
Ink is unforgiving, so for the faint hearted and those who are just starting, a pencil sketch is good to begin with. This can be used as a base for the ink. This way you can erase any mistakes in your drawing before you start to use the ink.

Did you know that there is an annual art challenge called Inctober that you can join? Meet other artists and get inspired while you practise your inking skills. Read more about the challenge in our Inktober article.

Try out some of these Inky products and have some fun!


PANDAFLY Micro-Pen Fineliner Ink Pens, Precision Multiliner Pens for Artist Illustration, Art Watercolor, Sketching, Technical Drawing, Manga, Scrapbooking(13 Size/Black)

Sakura Pigma Micron pen 005 Black ink marker felt tip pen, Archival pigment ink, fine point for artist drawing pens – 8 pen set

SCHOWE Antique Two-Color Feather Pen Quill Pen Dip Pen With Envelope Writing Paper Calligraphy Pen and Ink Set(pheasant)

Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink – Henry Collection Pack

Koh-I-Noor 141731 Drawing Inks Assorted Set of 10x20g

Canson C400100928 XL Series Pen & Ink White, 9-x-12-Inch

Ranger Alcohol Ink Yupo Paper – White Heavystock 5X7-2 Pack (with Bonus Purple Turtle Products Blending Sticks)