Formulated from a series of soluble dyes in a superior shellac solution. These inks can be applied with brush, pen or airbrush and are widely used by illustrators, designers, calligraphers and artists. Brilliant colours, fast drying and water resistant, fully intermixable, easily diluted and have excellent adhesion to most sized surfaces. The coloured inks are not lightfast except for the metallic colours and black and white. All the colours are water resistant except for Liquid Indian ink.
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Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks have been used by illustrators since their introduction in the 1890's, where the main requirement is brilliance of colour. Today they are formulated from a series of soluble dyes in a superior shellac solution. These inks can be applied with brush, dip pen or airbrush and are widely used by designers, calligraphers and artists as well as illustrators.
The range comprises 26 colours including Liquid Indian Ink, a water based solution of traditional chinese stick ink. This is the standard lettering ink used by calligraphers (which is not water resistant).
The full range of 26 Drawing Ink colours are available in 14ml bottles, each with their own uniquely designed box.
Blacks, Gold and Silver are available in 30ml bottles.
Sepia is a colour I particularly like for monochrome drawings as it has a less 'architectural' quality compared to black. This ink has a beautiful colour and the mix is ideal for pen work - not too gloopy but still with a strong colour. My only problem has been when trying to use it in a wash, when it becomes more unpredictable. However, that is probably down to technique and the need for a bit more practice. David Brown (Clevedon, United Kingdom) on 7 May 2014
Colours bright and clear. Layering creates deeper shades and a glazed effect. With care they mix well either on the page or before application. JANICE DEANE (Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom) on 2 Nov 2015
love the luminosity of these inks Melanie Hamer (Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom) on 6 Apr 2014