New inks!

My ink order from Goulet Pens arrived just before I left for Broken Hill last week, and I’ve taken a little time out today to try some of them out. What a fantastic product! Excellent website and personal service too, I certainly recommend them. I am thrilled with this collection. Here’s the whole set:

All the inks are 2ml samples of Noodlers varieties. There are 2 browns, 4 blacks, 3 greens, 4 reds, 2 yellow/orange, 4 blue, 3 purple, 2 pink, and 1 grey sample. The sample size is large enough for me to make a number of artworks from each, which is fantastic. You can also see my two new fountain pens, the Noodlers Flex is red, and the closer is a Lamy that I’ve converted so the body of the pen becomes a huge ink reservoir. It writes surprisingly well, very wet (ie it lays down a lot of ink) and smooth. The syringes are blunt and used to draw up the last of the ink from bottles or samples.
I’ve been making up reference sheets for the inks to explore how they function, here’s the ink I already own and do most of my ink paintings with; Noodlers Air Corp Blue-Black in my standard fountain Parker pen:

This is Noodlers Zhivago in my new flex nib pen – it’s gorgeous! A little rougher to write with, but all those lines are made in a single stroke, thick or thin is determined by the pressure I put on the nib. I can see me using this extensively in my artwork now.

 Noodlers Purple Martin:

 Noodlers Squeteague:

 Noodlers Tiananmen:

 Noodlers Habanero:

I am so pleased with these, they are stunning colours with great range and depth. As soon as I can find my decent brushes and paper (packed somewhere…) I’m looking forward to spending a very contented few days painting. Looks like 2012 is going to be a good year for art too!

4 thoughts on “New inks!

  1. Ah! I follow now. Those are called linocuts, used to make linoprints. I'm sorry they couldn't accommodate that, but if you wanted to try some for yourself it's not very costly to buy the basic equipment and very easy for a beginner to learn. Linoprinting is often the first type of printmaking someone learns and offered in a lot of high school art classes because it is easy to grasp. I bought myself a kit when illness forced me to miss some classes at Tafe so I could finish my final project in time. 🙂


  2. The engraved lino used to make prints (please excuse my ignorance of art terminology).
    I recall that that was ruled out due to the special equipment required, it was preferred to use existing brushes etc. where possible.


  3. Great idea Stephen! A lot of people find inks challenging (no opportunity to correct any mistakes) but I love them and they are great fun to have a play with. What engravings are you referring to?
    Yes, I'm very happy with them!


  4. I suggested those Japanese ink paintings for “Creative Medium” at MIFSA Panangga (I believe the art teacher knew what I was referring to), also the engravings.

    Looks like you know how to put all that ink equipment to use.


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