Black, Sepia & Bistre
The three tints, black, sepia and bistre which we sell under the name Drawing ink, have a long history. They are pigmented inks which can be thinned with distilled water and are waterproof and eraser-proof when dry. Thus they are suitable for area coverage, washing techniques and for applying lines. Light and dark effects can be easily achieved.
The inks flow extremely well from different kinds of drawing utensils.
They are not only useful for fine calligraphy work and pen drawings but also for liftground etching and picture drawings.
The chemical difference to Calligraphy ink, type 29 700, is the bonding agent. Drawing ink contains a shellac, whilst Calligraphy ing ink contains pure acrylates.
Our Sepia Drawing ink, which matches the organic sepia tint of squid secretion, and Bistre Drawing ink are transparent inks. They are to a large extent light resistant.
Inks should be shaken before using. The Sepia and Bistre inks only need to be shaken lightly. The black Indian ink needs to be stirred after sitting for a long period of time in order to avoid foam build-up.
The drawing medium (the paper) needs no special preparation before applying the inks.