At the moment I’m completely into waterproof ink because I’m drawing and writing a lot of Tanka. It’s something I like to do when I have a lot on my mind. Limiting myself to just a small number of lines, a small number of syllables, forces me to boil my thoughts down to the essence and that’s incredibly calming. And at the same time it’s a huge catalyst for creative thinking.
My illustrated Tanka are poetry in words and image. Sometimes they complement each other, sometimes they are a translation of the other, sometimes they change the other into something new. I love the intricate simplicity of the process.
But I do need really good waterproof inks to make them. Last week I had trouble with my go-to black drawing ink when all of a sudden it started to bleed when I colored my drawing with watercolor. And as it happened, an artist on facebook told me that her ink was really, really good and waterproof, so I ordered a huge bottle and tested it when it came in yesterday.
Here’s a video of my waterproof ink test for you. I thought you might like to see what I found out…
– Winsor & Newton Black Indian Ink (#030)
– Talens drawing ink neutral tint (715)
– Talens Indian Ink
– Talens drawink ink black (700)
– Diamine Onyx black fountain pen ink
– Mont Blanc Permanent black
– Micron Pigma fineliner 03