Fountain Pen Ink Art - The Basics
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Fountain Pen Ink Art - The Basics

Learn how to use fountain pen inks and bleach for watercolour painting, illustration and calligraphy
4.9 (85 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
181 students enrolled
Created by Nick Stewart
Last updated 2/2019
English
English
Current price: $44.99 Original price: $49.99 Discount: 10% off
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will learn how to use fountain pen inks as an art medium
  • You will learn how to investigate an ink, explore it’s chromatography, the impact of serendipity and how it reacts with bleach.
  • You will learn how to swatch test fountain pen inks and create beautiful swatch cards
  • You will learn how to create stunning chromatography based landscape paintings
  • You will learn how to paint, illustrate and write with bleach into fountain pen ink
  • You will learn how to paint portraits blending fountain pen inks together, adding bleach and metal dusts
  • You will learn about paper surfaces and how they affect fountain pen inks
  • You will learn about automatic pens and how to create abstract calligraphy, blending fountain pen inks together and incorporating metal dusts and bleach
  • You will learn how to protect fountain pen ink artwork from ultra violet light
Requirements
  • Suitable for all ages and abilities wanting to learn the basic techniques to create fountain pen ink art
  • Equipment and materials required
  • Desire to learn fountain pen ink art techniques
  • Ideal for students looking for something alternative with a stunning visual impact
Description

Fountain Pen Ink Art - The Basics -  a fascinating exploration into the composition of fountain pen ink for use across a diverse range of art disciplines.

Suitable for students of all ages and abilities, this course gives you all the necessary techniques and top tips to allow you to create unique and fascinating artwork using this extremely diverse art medium and is essential for all students who keep sketch books and art journals.

With the recent boom in the diversity of fountain pen ink colours, sheens and shimmers, this course explores their unique make up and reactions with bleach, and demonstrates this through creating art in a way that hasn't been taught before. The unique characteristics of chromatography, serendipity and alchemy (bleach), sets fountain pen ink art apart from all other art mediums. The techniques demonstrated, allow students to work both 'dark into light' and 'light into dark' and across a diverse range of disciplines including: watercolour painting, illustration, hand lettering, calligraphy and fine art.

Fountain pen inks are made up of dyes and when applied to water on high quality paper, the coloured dyes that make up the ink are released from solution, so although you are using one ink it appears that you are using several colours. The chromatic process is very much serendipity led and the beauty of the final visual outcomes are invariably dictated by this. Then add in a touch of alchemy (bleach), and fountain pen ink art goes to a whole new level with stunning neon gold effects, textures and new colours created!

As a relatively unexplored medium for use in art, the course starts by explaining why fountain pen ink is a unique and fascinating medium and then progresses through 12 walk through tutorials demonstrating techniques and top tips that will show students how to create watercolour paintings, illustrations, handwriting and calligraphy using this unique medium that is not only fascinating to watch but totally absorbing to engage with.

This course is one of a kind. Check it out now!

Who this course is for:
  • Illustrators
  • Painters
  • Calligraphers
  • Inkophiles
  • Art Teachers
  • Art Students
  • Journal Keepers
Course content
Expand all 16 lectures 01:15:30
+ Tools and Materials
1 lecture 06:55

This sections discusses the tools and materials needed to get the best out of this unique and little art medium.

Tools and Materials
06:55
+ Tutorial 01 - Chromatography
1 lecture 04:21

Using thick cartridge paper, this section details the techniques involved with achieving the chromatic processes. Inks used are Robert Oster Australian Opal Mauve, Noodler's Rome Burning and Diamine Earl Grey.

Tutorial 01 - Chromatography
04:21
+ Tutorial 02 - Swatch Cards
1 lecture 05:38

I created my own swatch testing technique in order to fully deconstruct fountain pen ink and see which inks would be suitable for fountain pen ink art projects. It is important for the student to test their own fountain pen inks and keep a visual record for future reference. Bockingford 200lb Rough Watercolour paper was used with Diamine Amazing Amethyst, Diamine Lilac Night and Diamine Earl Grey fountain pen inks.

Tutorial 02 - Swatch Cards
05:38
+ Tutorial 03 - Swatch Painting
1 lecture 06:16

This tutorial shows a student how to utilise chromatography for creating fountain pen ink art. Ink used is Diamine Earl Grey on Bockingford 140lb Rough Watercolour paper

Tutorial 03 - Swatch Painting
06:16
+ Tutorial 04 - Chromatic World
1 lecture 05:38
Tutorial 04 - Chromatic World
05:38
+ Tutorial 05 - Landscape One
1 lecture 04:58

Using one fountain pen ink - Robert Oster Barossa Grape - this is a landscape painting on thick cartridge paper utilising the thirds rule. 2 thirds sky and 1 third foreground. The sky is created from the chromatic qualities of the ink and the serendipity of the drying process. The foreground is created with a limited amount of detail using watercolour techniques and a dip pen.

Tutorial 05 - Landscape One
04:58
+ Tutorial 06 - Landscape Two
1 lecture 07:46

Using one fountain pen ink - Robert Oster Grahite - this is a landscape painting on Bockingford 200lb rough watercolour paper. The sky is created from the chromatic qualities of the ink and the serendipity of the drying process. The foreground is created with detail using watercolour techniques a dip pen and spattering bleach.

Preview 07:46
+ Tutorial 07 - Writing with Bleach
1 lecture 04:32

Using one fountain pen ink - Parker Quink Black - this is a landscape format on Bockingford 140lb rough watercolour paper. The sky is created from the chromatic qualities of the ink and the serendipity of the drying process. For the handwriting, a dip pen and bleach is employed.

Tutorial 07 - Writing with Bleach
04:32
+ Tutorial 08 - Illustrating with Bleach
1 lecture 04:52

Using one fountain pen ink - Parker Quink Black - this is a square format on Bockingford 140lb rough watercolour paper. The ink background is created from the chromatic qualities of the ink and the serendipity of the drying process. The illustration is traced using a dip pen and bleach and then completed using a rigger brush.

Tutorial 08 - Illustrating with Bleach
04:52