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Tools & Supplies / Making inks more damage resistant?
« on: September 07, 2016, 06:43:09 PM »
I'd like to preface this by saying my primary concern here is sumi stick inks, although I'm also interested in other inks. While I am generally careful in protecting finished projects, it's always nice to have the piece of mind in knowing that it's vulnerable to a few less forms of damage.

Is there anything I can do to make non-waterproof inks resistant to water or, better yet, waterproof? Maybe something I can add without much effect on the ink's color? I'm planning to do some backpacking, and I'd like to bring some inks. Stick ink seems preferable since it stores dry, and it's supposed to be quite long lasting so long as it's properly protected. It is, however, susceptible to water, and I would like to give it some resistance at least. Bonus points if any additives can be stored dry, as well, although it's not a necessity.

While stick ink is my primary concern at this moment, I would also be curious about things I could do to other inks, both for calligraphy and fountain pens. I use dip pens primarily for calligraphic work, but I enjoy using a fountain pen for more mundane work. All of my current inks have been selected with permanence against exposure to water, light, etc. in mind. I've passed up some nice looking inks because I like to know what I make has a good chance of lasting so long as I'm not sacrificing too much in color quality. It would be nice to know I could work more freely with other inks if I simply did a little something with them when I used them.

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Tools & Supplies / Black and colored ink sticks
« on: June 01, 2016, 02:38:47 AM »
I've been working with pointed pen calligraphy and dabbling in using my pens for drawing, and I'm evaluating ink options. I'm particularly interested in ink sticks because they're interesting to me and seem like they'd be better suited to travel. I've been trying to do some research on them, but information seems rather sparse online. I'm interested in using them for calligraphy and drawing primarily, and I'm considering using them a little to sort of paint if they will work well for that.

Mainly, I'm worried about how well they'll hold up on their own, in combination with other media, and when exposed to harsh conditions and time. I've been looking at John Neal's offerings (but am definitely open to others), and those are marked light-fast, but I don't see much about other damage resistance. How well does stick ink handle water? The water used in the grinding process doesn't bode well, but I know some inks can bind to paper. Can it generally resist other solvents like alcohol? Anything known to be oddly or particularly harsh on it? Is it considered archival grade? None of it is strictly necessary, but I like to know the medium as well as possible before investing in it. What works well with it, what ruins it, what to protect it from over time, etc.

Also, for traveling, it's going to be a backpacking trip, so I worry about heat and humidity. Bumping and grinding together while moist is obviously bad, so some humidity control with a desiccant would be necessary. I worry about how well it can handle heat, though. What if I left it in, say, a hot car all day? Will it be prone to melting into an amorphous rainbow blob if packaged together? If so, how much leeway do I have with hot environments?

Also, how do the colored sticks compared to other dry media like watercolor? I've heard watercolor can be more convenient, but if it doesn't negatively affect the end product, I always prefer to use materials that are as resilient as possible. If colored sticks are more durable for the same color quality, it's definitely worth the hassle.

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Introductions / DFW, Texas reporting in o7
« on: January 19, 2016, 07:39:56 PM »
Hello, everyone! I've been dabbling very lightly in calligraphy for the last year, but it was only in the last month or two that I started to take things more seriously and really work on it. I started with a fountain pen way back when, decided I wanted to do some work on my handwriting, and when I decided I wanted to get fancy, I got a theory book on Spencerian with some practice books last year. A couple months ago, I moved up to dip pens since I knew shading would come in due time.

I've dabbled in italic scripts, but the bulk of my practice has been in Spencerian. With probably somewhere between 20-30 hours of real practice, I'm starting to get almost kind of decent. I still have a very long way to go, but it's nice to already be able to look back at where I've come from.

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