Noodler’s Ink: Not so Waterproof after all
I’ve recently been testing inks – looking for a good set of waterproof colors.
These portraits above, (done from people on the JKPP Flickr group) are Noodler’s Red Black and Rome Burning. The Noodler’s specification chart lists Red Black as ‘partially’ water resistant and Rome Burning as fully water resistant. Bulletproof even.
And for my control group, one in straight up Platinum Carbon Ink, Black (which I know is rock-solid-waterproof), next to Pilot’s Iroshizuku Kiri-Same.
I don’t find the Kiri-Same to be sufficiently different from black to be worth bringing another pen along. So this was a good test, but I won’t be bothering with grey ink. I do plan to use the colors. I’ve ordered a pair of Noodler’s Ahab Flex pens in appropriate colored barrels for the red and gold ink :)
These particular drawings were done with a Blue Pumpkin dip nip, and ink sample vials from Goulet Pens. If I had realized Goulet was in Richmond, I would have stopped by when I was in town!
I have however, found a Canadian company. Wonderpens.ca out of Toronto. So I can now get pens and ink without paying duty. *Winning*!
So here’s what you’d expect with washing watercolor over a waterproof ink drawing. Color does its thing, lines stay put.
These are on Strathmore Bristol (smooth) and tinted with DS Potters Pink, Naples Yellow, a touch of Quinn Gold Deep and some Moonglow. A limited palette that can serve for caucasian-ish skin. Incidentally – I am not very impressed with Potters pink as a pigment. The Daniel Smith tube I tried was inordinately weak and seemed unusually poorly mixed with the binder. I will be binning that directly.
Now here are the Red Black and Rome Burning. Painted with the same colors.
So, we’ve established that Noodler’s claims these inks are at least partially water resistant. I’d say that is 100% true about 20% of the time.
I was expecting a little more resistance than this. Maybe it would be nice to see 70-80% line – holding. But in fact they both give out a tremendous amount of color even though one is “partial” and the other “bulletproof”.
So I have not found a set of waterproof inks – but I have found a new variation on water soluble drawing :) I’ve always done washable drawings with Lamy black ink and enjoyed the neutralizing effect it offers. Now, I am very much liking the color cast I can give to a drawing.
Here’s one last test, done on Canson Montval 140lb cold pressed. Just to see if it was only the smooth Bristol causing the wash-out. If anything, the ink traveled further on this coated watercolor stock.
Pretty great effect hey! I think I’ll be doing more with this.