Ink & Calligraphy 

 Calligraphy is a visual art related to writing. It is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument, brush, or other writing instruments.  A contemporary calligraphic practice can be defined as "the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner".

Modern calligraphy ranges from functional inscri...
 Calligraphy is a visual art related to writing. It is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument, brush, or other writing instruments.  A contemporary calligraphic practice can be defined as "the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner".

Modern calligraphy ranges from functional inscriptions and designs to fine-art pieces where the letters may or may not be readable. Classical calligraphy differs from typography and non-classical hand-lettering, though a calligrapher may practice both.
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Calligraphy Tools
The principal tools for a calligrapher are the pen and the brush. Calligraphy pens write with nibs that may be flat, round, or pointed. For some decorative purposes, multi-nibbed pens—steel brushes—can be used. However, works have also been created with felt-tip and ballpoint pens, although these works do not employ angled lines. There are some styles of calligraphy, such as Gothic script, that require a stub nib pen.
Writing ink is usually water-based and is much less viscous than the oil-based inks used in printing. High quality paper, which has good consistency of absorption, enables cleaner lines, although parchment or vellumis often used, as a knife can be used to erase imperfections and a light-box is not needed to allow lines to pass through it. Normally, light boxes and templates are used to achieve straight lines without pencil markings detracting from the work. Ruled paper, either for a light box or direct use, is most often ruled every quarter or half inch, although inch spaces are occasionally used.
Derivan Ink

Artist quality inks that are highly pigmented, water-resistant, lightfast (will not fade) and non-clogging. Fully intermixable, these versatile inks can be applied with brush, technical drawing pen, calligraphy nibs and airbrush to paper, board, wood and fabric.

Uses

Derivan Inks have been formulated as a safe, non-toxic acrylic ink to be used in a variety of projects including calligraphy, painting, cardmaking and scrapbooking. Use straight from the bottle or thin with water, or Derivan Ink Extender.

Available in 36ml twist lid bottles, or economical 500ml bottles.

Colour Mixing
All the colours may be intermixed to form an endless array of colours for your use. As colours are transparent they are also good for creating colour mixes through layering techniques. 

Clean Up
Derivan Inks are washable in water making clean-up quick and easy. Brushes, pens and airbrushes all clean easily in water, however the nature of Derivan Ink's water-resistant properties means dried ink will need to be cleaned in Derivan Ink Cleaner. Simply soak dirty equipment in Derivan Ink Cleaner then wash-up in warm soapy water to finish.

Stain Removal
Like any high-quality ink, Derivan Ink it is hard to remove from clothing when dried. Use the following method to remove stains as soon as you find them:

Wet Stains: Place the stained area of the garment under a tap of cold running water, holding the garment above the stain so it does not spread. After removing the surplus ink, place wet garment on a towel and rub ordinary household soap into the stain working the heavily soaped wet cloth area between your fingers in a rolling action using the thumb and forefinger of each hand on either side of the stain. Do not rub the stain directly.

Wash the area under cold water and repeat procedure 2 or 3 times until all colouring is removed. Dry out wet garment by wrapping in a towel and twisting to remove excess moisture.

Dried Stains: Prepare a bucket or sink with lukewarm water, using plenty of household or laundry soap. Immerse the garment and let it soak for 15 minutes to wet out properly.

With the thumb and forefinger of each hand, slowly work the stain in a rolling action thereby releasing the ink and colour into the soapy water. Change the water as necessary and repeat washing action. DO NOT USE HOT WATER. Some stubborn stains may need to be soaked overnight. Other methods of cleaning will generally only act to drive the stain in deeper. Do not boil, dry clean or use chemical solvents or thinners. Do not iron over a stain. Do not machine wash. Keep stained garments separate from other washing.

Health and Safety
Derivan Inks are a non-toxic water-based formula containing water, pigment and acrylic. Although it is certainly not made to be ingested, it is safe for use with children.

Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink

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Professional Level Paint

Spectrum: 30 Colors

Properties: Highly Pigmented, Fluid

Consistency: Extremely Fluid

Finish: Satin

Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink! is a range of extremely fluid acrylic paints that use super-fine pigments in a state-of-the-art acrylic emulsion. They dry quickly, are permanent, water resistant and non-clogging, which makes them ideal for a variety of techniques from watercolor effects to stamping.

  • 30 professional color spectrum

  • Intense bold lightfast colors

  • Extremely fluid, no need to dilute for airbrushing or calligraphy

  • Superior water resistance

  • Non-clogging

  • Fast drying

  • Ideal for watercolor effects, color blocking and under painting

  • Intermixable with all other Liquitex acrylics and mediums

  • A balanced color line of opaque and transparent colors

USES AND TECHNIQUES

  • Dip Pen 

  • Brush 

  • Technical Pen 

  • Stamping 

  • Ink Brayer 

  • Screen Printing 

  • Fabric Painting 

  • Book Arts 

  • Calligraphy 

  • Stippling 

  • Photo Tinting 

  • Airbrush 

  • Drybrush 

  • Stenciling 

  • Pouring 

  • Watercolor 

  • Collage 

  • Drafting

Derivan Matisse Ink

Matisse Inks are acrylic based inks that come in a stunning 22 intermixable colours, including metallics and iridescents! They have bright, intense colours and are heavily pigmented for use in many applications. Perfect for calligraphy, pen and wash, technical drawing and airbrushing as well as watercolour techniques on paper and painting on prepared canvas.

All the colours are intermixable making wet on wet painting, such as watercolour applications, exciting and challenging. The metallics offer interesting additions and effects due to the different surface tension of these colours. The iridescent can be mixed wet or dry with any colour to make it pearlescent.

atisse Inks can be thinned with water adding to their versatility, however we recommend an addition of Matisse Ink Extender when water resistance is required as the thinning with plain water will lower the amount of acrylic binder present, weakening the ink's water resistance. Adding water alone will also increase the drying time. Up to 25% of Matisse Ink Extender can be added for thinning.

Matisse Inks are washable in water making cleanup quick and easy. Brushes, pens and airbrushes clean easily in water however the nature of Matisse Inks water resistant properties means dried ink will need to be cleaned in Matisse Ink Cleaner. Simply soak dirty equipment in Matisse Ink Cleaner then wash up in warm soapy water to finish. (useful also for cleaning brushes or equipment spoilt with dried acrylic paint).

All Matisse Inks have at least one stainless steel ball in the bottle making mixing of the pigment and acrylic binder easier. As we have created an extremely highly pigmented product, Matisse Inks should be shaken well before use as the fine pigment particles will separate over time from the binder. This is completely normal. Simply shake the bottle until you can hear the ball moving inside then shake a little longer for full mixing. Due to the nature of the metallic pigments, these inks will require more vigorous shaking, and as such two steel balls have been included to assist with this.

Matisse Inks are fully compatible with the other Matisse ranges of artist colours for mixing and layering.

Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink

NOTE:AVAILABLE ONLINE

Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink! is a range of extremely fluid acrylic paints that use super-fine pigments in a state-of-the-art acrylic emulsion. They dry quickly, are permanent, water resistant and non-clogging, which makes them ideal for a variety of techniques from watercolor effects to stamping.

  • Intense bold lightfast colors
  • Extremely fluid, no need to dilute for airbrushing or calligraphy
  • Superior water resistance
  • Non-clogging
  • Fast drying
  • Ideal for watercolor effects, color blocking and under painting
  • Intermixable with all other Liquitex acrylics and mediums
  • A balanced color line of opaque and transparent colors

    USES AND TECHNIQUES

    • Dip Pen 
    • Brush 
    • Technical Pen 
    • Stamping 
    • Ink Brayer 
    • Screen Printing 
    • Fabric Painting 
    • Book Arts 
    • Calligraphy 
    • Stippling 
    • Photo Tinting 
    • Airbrush 
    • Drybrush 
    • Stenciling 
    • Pouring 
    • Watercolor 
    • Collage 
    • Drafting
Sakura Pigma Calligrapher
Pigma Calligrapher is designed specifically for calligraphers and lettering artists of all skill levels. Unlike most calligrapher markers whose tips wear down with use, resulting in inconsistent, increasingly heavy marks, the Pigma Calligrapher maintains its ability to continually create crisp, flowing lines and letterforms. It eliminates cost barriers and equipment requirements for beginners who are just learning about calligraphy, and provides an easy and quick alternative to traditional calligraphy pens for professionals.
Archival Pigma ink is waterproof and fade-resistant on most paper substrates. Pigma Calligrapher is available in 1mm, 2mm, and 3mm nib widths and 6 Pigma ink colors for different letters, flourishes and calligraphy effects.
Learn more about Pigma ink technology here.
Tips
  • Spend a few minutes making marks on smooth paper to break it in
  • Hold pen so it's almost perpendicular to the paper
  • For best results use a small stack of paper under your writing surface for cushion

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Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Ink

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Calligraphy is a noble, old art-form and we were determined to do it justice - these inks are made in 18 lightfast colours with carefully chosen pigments to ensure colour brilliance. The 14 blue-capped bottles contain thinner, more transparent inks with a satin finish. They're suitable for dip-pens, fountain pens, technical pens and airbrushes. Our four red-capped bottles are opaque and should be used with a dip-pen or brush. Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Inks have a permanence rating of AA or A but are not waterproof.

Derivan Block Ink

This block printing ink has the perfect consistency for lino and wood block printing, and transfers onto paper. It is non-toxic, water-based, and washes up easily in water.

Derivan developed this unique product for art and craft courses to give people a premium quality block printing ink that did not contain harmful solvents. Derivan Block Ink is therefore non-toxic and easy to clean up, while still giving the feel of a professional-grade oil-based printing ink.

Derivan Block Ink is available in open mouth 250ml jars.

The consistency of Derivan Block Ink will always give you sharp, accurate prints.

Application
Derivan Block Ink has been formulated for lino and wood-block printing on paper with classroom teaching in mind. Derivan Block Ink will remain open on the block for some time but once printed will dry quickly to facilitate stacking of prints after each class. If a longer open time is required, mix the ink with Derivan Drying Retarder to slow the drying time.

Colour Mixing
All the colours may be intermixed to form bright secondary and tertiary colours. It is advisable to mix the colours with a spatula on a sheet of glass or other non-porous surface.

Permanency
All Derivan Block Inks have an ASTM rating of either 1-2, indicating excellent permanency. They are artist quality and completely lightfast so they will neither fade nor break down over time.

For reference, the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) is a world-wide rating standard used to determine lightfast characteristics. The scale ranges from 1 (maximum lightfastness) to 5 (minimal lightfastness). This is important to determine if the paint will remain permanent over time.