A Week with White Ink
|July 5, 2012||Posted by fozzy under Calligraphy|
I apologize for my absence on this blog. I haven’t even gotten to make a poster for my next workshops (which I ought to do, really). The week has been hectic. There were two weddings I needed to calligraph for and both had firm deadlines. Plus Hero got sick and that totally threw everything awry.
A good seven days (or so) were spent measuring and lining paper manually. Then it was onto writing. I use FW Acrylic ink, which I dilute with a couple of drops of water to reduce its gumminess.
The envelopes were standard size and a lot needed to be written on them. So I used a small nib, an Esterbrook 355. It doesn’t lay downstrokes thickly, but gives a nice thin line for good variation.
Each envelope is then cleaned and dusted before packing. That, my friends, is the reason why calligraphers charge higher for white ink. It’s a wonderful labor of added love.
After that order, I then proceeded to writing on purple place cards. I added a dab of Pearlescent ink for a little shimmer (the bride was torn between white and silver, so I decided to give both). I don’t know if it’s that noticeable, but I felt good about doing it.
Each name needed to be done a second time too, for escort tags. I used the same skinny nib, since I only had around 4 inches of space to work with. Maybe I’ll get to use my Hunt 99 for these projects after I practice and gain more control over that nib.
I’m truly happy working with white ink. And I’m glad that more weddings are venturing into dark paper (oh what my mother would say if I used black back when we got married).
I’m also getting a new bottle of white ink to try: Dr. Martin’s Pen White. It’s supposed to arrive sometime August and I can’t be any more excited.