View Full Version : Trying to find a blue/black ink

02-06-2013, 12:56 PM
I have a question... I am looking to do an art piece with ink - but I am looking
for an ink that will have tones of blue in it when I dilute it/or overlay water on
the ink (I am using the ink as I would watercolor). So far, I have had no luck.
Does anyone know of a bluish BLACK ink?

02-06-2013, 01:26 PM
I reallylike Yasutomo traditional Chinese ink. You could add a touch of a watercolor pigment like Prussian Blue to give it a slightly blue tint. You could also use Bombay India Ink in a combination of black and blue. Those are all permanent inks. There are also water soluble inks - Winsor Newton has a nice line.


02-06-2013, 01:47 PM
Noodlers do all manner of inks, including a blue-black


have fun, Leslie

Lawrence Fox
02-06-2013, 07:43 PM
If you're looking for ink readily available from your local Staples, then Parker makes a blue-black as does Pelikan (who's ink you'll find, if I remember corrrectly, in the blue-black Cross cartridges). Both of them have a more blue than black colour when you wet them and create a wash out of them.

The nice thing about some of the Noodlers inks (as suggested by Leslie) is that they can be light-fast and water-resistant ONCE THEY"VE dried on the page--you can still wash them when they're wet (soon after laid down with brush or pen), but you'll need to do some experimenting.

Drop by the The Fountain Pen Network (http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/) and ask there--I'm sure that you'll get several good replies!

02-08-2013, 11:52 AM
Here are Goulet's blue-black inks. (http://www.gouletpens.com/Swab_Shop_Blue_Black_s/816.htm) There are about fifty of them. You can order sample vials here (http://www.gouletpens.com/Fountain_Pen_Ink_Samples_s/851.htm), and test them yourself.

Since they are all fountain pen inks, they will all be dye-based and water-soluble. So they will all wash nicely.


M.L. Schaefer
02-11-2013, 01:45 PM
Lots of good advice above. BUT, have you checked out the Pen and Ink Channel? Just looked at it, and I think you will absolutely love it!

:heart: Margarete