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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Facing Facts On Noodlers



The top sketch was created using a Lamy Safari fountain pen filled with Noodlers Bad Black Moccasin ink...BEWARE...this ink IS waterproof but a grey debris clouds the paper when water is applied to it...not great for watercolour washes. I have ordered the Bullet Proof Black to see if that is any better.
The bottom sketch was created using a pigment liner.




6 comments:

Joan said...

Love your hatching in the top sketch and the softness of the shading in the second. Nice work!!

Nina Johansson said...

Beautiful drawings, Anita! I had the same problems with Noodler´s, though it was the Bulletproof black I tried out. I think Polar Black is a little bit better, but my favourite is absolutely Lexington grey (but then that´s not black...).
The blacks seem to pearl on top of the paper for a very long time instead of drying. If you wait long enough (hours or a day) before painting it´s ok, I think, but who wants to wait that long?
BUT the blacks seem to react very differently to different papers. On some papers it never dried, while others behaved better... Ink is a whole science...
Good luck, please let us know if you find The Perfect Black Ink!

Serena said...

I love both drawings for the same reasons that Joan mentioned but I've taken note re. the Noodler's ink.

Margaret Ann said...

That second drawing fascinates me...LOVE!

Ginny Stiles said...

Noodlers Bad Black Moccasin ink? I wonder if this is something available in the United States? I think the name of this ink is hilarious!!! Clever marketing. I have not experimented much with different inks...I like acrylic inks for certain things and have of late been using a water soluble Tombow black pen for some sketches which, of course, bleed like crazy when you use a wet brush with them. But I love that. I am glad to be brought back to ink sketching as during the move to my new studio, I am bereft of my paints for awhile...ink sketching will be just the thing until I am settled again.

Liz Steel said...

HI Anita, I use Noodlers bulletproof black. It works ok for me. As long as I don't have too much pencil below it doesnt normally smudge much on my sketches...and I never wait very long before painting over it. However if I want to rub out pencil lines under text I leave it for a few days or dry it with a hair dryer. I think that some days it is worse- perhaps it is the humidity.
Kate Johnson did some test and I think found Platium Carbon the best - but I have tried this
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cathy-johnson/4262254015/