Meet Nick Stewart Nick Stewart is a creative director based in Rochester, UK. Since June this year, he has been on a mission to swab test fountain pen inks using water and bleach. Why? Because he believes that fountain pen inks have qualities that can be exploited for purposes other than just handwriting.

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opcje binarne bdswiss Fountain Pen Inks and Bleach: My test process is very simple. I saturate an area of heavy rough textured water colour paper and then add a drop of ink into that wet area. The ink blends with the water and reduces in concentration as is spreads away from the point of entry. As the ink comes out of solution the dyes that make up the ink can be observed in different areas as the paper dries. And once dry I can write or paint on top with bleach which reacts at a different intensity depending upon the density of the ink underneath. The reactions can vary from a dull gold over dense ink areas to a vibrant neon effect over less dense areas. But what is of key importance is that it is only with fountain pen inks that this bizarre reaction happens.

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email iqoption This process is very much serendipity led and the beauty of the final outcomes are invariably dictated by this. Not only do I find the final images beautiful to look at but, I get a great feeling of satisfaction creating them too. I’m also a firm believer in the concept of ‘less is more’ and I love the idea of alchemy or in this case changing fountain pen inks into gold!

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win binaire opties verwijderen 0002a[uid]=795 With over 600 inks that I’m aware of and 150 samples tested so far, the results have been diverse and fascinating. Some inks don’t react at all while others reveal a whole range of unexpected behaviours, colours and reactions to bleach.

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The investigations also reveal some interesting possibilities. For example, I have recently been testing document inks, which are bleach resistant, and this has thrown up a whole new area of experimentation and technique when used together with non document inks!

What I have done here is lay down a background of Diamine Sunset onto a heavy Bockingford water colour paper, which washes out a gorgeous range of dark and mid tone reddy browns with pinky reds and yellows. Then, using a Daedalus pen with a Zebra G flex nib I have rendered the illustration and type with the agent resistant Noodlers Lexington Gray. Once dried thoroughly I applied mid strength bleach washes over the illustration which only reacted with the background underneath.

The final effect is visually pleasing in many ways as not only has the outcome been achieved using only two inks, adhering to my ethos of ‘less is more’, BUT because of the limited colour palette, the complex final image looks fresh and not overworked. The mottled gold areas where the bleach hasn’t obliterated the background colour add those magical serendipity effects unique to fountain pen inks.


I am hoping that through my tests this example maybe one of several new art techniques I’m exploring, that are unique only to fountain pen inks. Looking ahead, I am hoping that fountain pen inks and bleach could have an exciting future in the creative scene and maybe, just maybe, could become a genre of its’ own? How long do you believe you will be working on the project?

The project has only really just got going and interesting outcomes are happening all the time. And who knows where this project could lead? Could it help start a handwriting revival? Inspire people to illustrate their journals? Or simply encourage people to look deeper into the simple things and discover something new? Here’s hoping.

Should anyone reading this want to follow my progress and / or donate fountain pen ink samples, please contact me via my blog.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'è What have you learned from the project?

The most important thing that I have learned from all this is not to be afraid to go into areas of the unknown. The biggest mistake one can make is to make no mistakes at all and as Friedrich Nietzsche once said ‘From out of chaos will come a dancing star!’ I hope that in some way, this article gets your creative juices flowing’.

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