Art Spectrum : Artists Pigmented Acrylic Inks, Daley Rowney : FW Artist Pigmented and Pearlescent Acrylic Ink, Derwent : Inktense blocks and pencils, Golden : High Flow Acrylic colours, Jacquard : Pinata alcohol inks, Sennelier : Traditional Shellac based coloured inks & Traditional “A la Pagode” Indian Ink, Talens’ Ecoline (a liquid watercolour really but mixes nicely with ink or can replace it)… For etching inks, please click here
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(PS Products’ descriptions will be followed by BB for Byron Bay / BA for Ballina or M for Mullumbimby to indicate availability in those stores. BB alone stands for available only in Byron Bay.)
- ART SPECTRUM : Full range in Byron only Artists Pigmented Acrylic Inks (500ml bottles or assorted 50ml)
Brilliant, water-proof, lightfast colours, suitable for most surfaces. Unlimited mixing potential. Liquid Spectrum is a non-toxic, acrylic based artists’ colour. It is suitable for use with brush, pen, colourshapers or airbrush and will adhere to most clean, non-greasy surfaces including paper, board, metal, glass, certain types of plastic, acetate and fabric. The brilliant transparent colours of Liquid Spectrum have many applications. They can be used wet in wet, for graduated and multi-coloured washes, for tinting paper, calligraphy, mixed-media works and even as a ‘traditional’ watercolour when diluted with water. This pigmented ink is very economical and great for study work as a result.
- DALEY ROWNEY : BB/BA & M FW Artist Pigmented Acrylic Inks 43 colors 30ml bottle
FW Artists’ Ink is an acrylic mica based pigmented water resistant ink in a range of 38 Inks, all of which have either a 3 (normally permanent) or 4 (highly permanent) star rating. Such a degree of lightfastness over such a range of fully intermixable colours makes them ideal for use by artists in the production of pictures for permanent display. The inks, being pigment based, are strong and rugged. Equally, however, colours can be substantially diluted to achieve the most subtle of tones, very similar in character to watercolour. Such washes will dry to a water resistant film and successive layers of colour can be laid over in highly predictable manner. Many graphic artist’s and illustrators will enjoy the particular handling and colour characteristics of FW and can be assured at the same time of permanence as well as good reproduction. FW Artists’ Inks work well through fine nozzle airbrushes and technical pens down to 0.18 nib thickness which can be cleaned by using Airbrush Cleaning Fluid.
- DALEY ROWNEY : BB/BA & M FW Artist Pearlescent Acrylic Inks 21 colors 30ml bottle
FW Pearlescent Acrylic Inks… are they an ink or an acrylic paint? The answer is… YES! (It’s actually both!) This truly unique range of water-based acrylic inks is similar to the FW Acrylic Artist’s Inks in that they are water resistant when dry. However, these inks produce a beautiful shimmering pearl effect which changes as the light strikes from different angles and can be thinned with water to use as a wash, or used with a quill pen to produce lines. Available in gorgeous colours that will add life to your calligraphy, watercolour and acrylic artwork! Since these are water-based acrylic inks, they can also be added to your other acrylic paints to “punch up” the colours and create your own metallic effects.
- DERWENT : Inktense blocks Byron only available individually or in boxes of 12 or 24 blocks
These chunky water-soluble ink blocks bring a new sense of freedom and colour to your drawing and painting! Dry Inktense blocks deliver pure vibrant colour but when completely washed out it is transformed into a translucent ink-like paint which, when dry, can be worked over. The blocks are extremely versatile and can be used for a wide range of creative effects. You can use them like pans of paint, apply colour directly to wet or dry paper and use them on their side to cover large areas quickly. The blocks complement the Inktense range perfectly opening up an exciting world of endless possibilities. They can also be used on fabric to create stunning silk paintings and quilts.
- DERWENT : BB/BA & M Inktense pencils 71 colours + 1 outliner
Turn your pencils into ink in just one wash! Pen and ink offer strong, intense colour combined with a translucent effect. Now you can enjoy these distinctive qualities in an easy to use pencil. Inktense has a highly blendable texture and comes in a range of 71 jewel-like colours, plus a non-soluble outliner which allows you to draw outlines that are permanent, even when water is applied. Apply pure, vibrant dry colour then wash the pigment out completely to leave an ink-like effect. Once dry, the colour is permanent and can be worked over with other media. The possibilities are endless, the results stunning. Inktense pencils can be used on fabric to create interesting silk paintings and unique quilting projects.
- GOLDEN : BB/BA & M Hi-Flow Acrylic Colours 49 colours including some iridescent and fluoro colours Available in 30ml and 119ml plastic bottles
These paints are more like ink than a paint, as they flow effortlessly from a brush (great for little details) but of course can also simply be poured for staining or used as a wash. They can be used as is in an airbrush and you can fill markers and other technical pens with them too. (We stock some empty markers just for that purpose here.) Maybe a third of the range are transparent colours (sometimes existing in both transparent and not) which presumably would be the best ones for washes.
- JACQUARD : Piñata alcohol inks BB/BA & M 19 colours in 15 and 118ml
Piñata Colors are highly saturated, fast-drying alcohol inks for any hard surface, including glass, metal, plastic, ceramic, stone, leather, resin, polymer clay and more. Indelible and impervious to water once dry, Piñata Colors clean up with alcohol and re-wet themselves, allowing for unique effects and techniques not easily achieved with water-based systems. As a dye-based, highly transparent ink, they are unparalleled for vibrancy, and only the most lightfast dyes have been selected for the palette. Acid-free with excellent adhesive properties, Piñata Colors have become the go-to inks for any non-porous surface.
- SENNELIER : BB/BA & M Shellac based coloured Drawing Inks (27 colors 30ml bottles)
Often, the traditional shellac ground pigment inks have been replaced by the more brightly coloured transparent dye inks that most art manufacturers now offer. However, the unparalleled richness and unique style evident in the satin sheen and opaque appearance is only achieved using these traditional inks. Due to the shellac base, these inks are not recommended to be diluted with water or used in an airbrush. For best results, use a nib pen and brush, fingers or sponge to manipulate the ink. Note: Each bottle comes with a special rubber dropper top to fill nib pens and minimize waste and these inks dry waterproof.
- SENNELIER : Traditional “A la Pagode” Indian Ink BB/BA & M (30 / 125 / 250/ 500ml & 1litre)
This famous ink, known for 100 years as ‘A La Pagode’ is made in the same traditional style of shellac based with ground lampblack pigment. The effect offers stunning blackness with an almost bluish mass tone and a high lustre. Washed onto areas with a brush will produce an effect like that of Japanese lacquer, and from the nib pen, a deep dense black on the finest lines. Dries to a waterproof line that may be washed over with watercolour.
- TALENS : Ecoline BB/M 58 brilliant colours + opaque white + opaque gold (30 ml bottles now with pipettes)
Ecoline colours are ready to use liquid watercolour paint for diverse creative applications, they have excellent adhesion to drawing and watercolour papers and boards. They are ideal for illustrators offering a consistency of colour rarely found in watercolours. Just as watercolours they do not dry waterproof and to a mat finish. They are good value and come in a really wide range of colours, in a handy bottle with a wide neck… now slowly replaced by pipette bottles.