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Black and white inks - what's the difference?

We're frequently asked what the difference is between the variety of white inks and the black inks that we sell in store.  Here's some information to help you if you're unsure which one to buy
 

 

White Inks

Bleedproof White Ink

PROS: It's my favourite, I love it's chalky finish and its the most opaque making it perfect for writing on mid-toned colours
CONS: You have to put in a little effort to mix it from it's undiluted form. But it's not at all difficult and if you mix it into a separate lidded jar, you can create a ready-to-go ink to use time and time again. And it just means it's going to last a lifetime!
USE WITH: your favourite nib or for brush calligraphy

 

Ziller's North Wind White

PROS: has a great consistency, it's ready to use, no mixing required!
CONS: it can flake so might be worth adding some gum arabic when using on important jobs to help bind the ink.
USE WITH: your favourite nib or for brush calligraphy

 

Winsor & Newton's White

PROS: Easy to use
CONS: Can be a little gloopy at times, and it has an odd smell
USE WITH: blue pumpkin nib or for brush calligraphy 

 

 

Black Inks 

Higgins Eternal Ink

This is our favourite ink for everyday use and practice. 

PROS: It's thin which makes it easy to use for beginners, and also means it dries very quickly (i.e less than 5 minutes).
CONS: It's lack of viscosity can means it dries a greyish black when compared to the other black inks below.
USE WITH: Nikko G, Zebra G, Hunt 56

 

Ziller Glossy Black

PROS: It has a lustrous silk finish when it dries
CONS: It can get a little gloopy over time, but this can be easily rectified by adding a drop or two of water to the jar to loosen it up. It also takes longer to dry than Higgins (i.e 5-15 minutes)
USE WITH: your favourite nib

 

Ziller Soot Black

PROS: it has a chalky, opaque black finish when it dries
CONS: It can get a little gloopy over time, but this can be easily rectified by adding a drop or two of water to the jar to loosen it up. It also takes longer to dry than Higgins (i.e 5-15 minutes)
USE WITH: your favourite nib

 

Kuretake Sumi Black ink 60 

PROS: It has a true black finish when it dries.
CONS: Sumi ink is renowned for taking a long time to dry but this professional version has an additive to help speed up the drying process (i.e 10-20 minutes)
USE WITH: your favourite nib or with a brush for brush calligraphy

 

Winsor & Newton

PROS: It's a little thicker and packed with pigment which is perfect for use with a brush
CONS: it's messy and will stain quickly
USE WITH: any brush for the best brush calligraphy effect

 

If we can help you further with any queries relating to your modern calligraphy supplies, give us a call on 0207 833 8562 or email us on hello@quilllondon.com