Posts Tagged ‘ink’

One of the best parts of being a calligrapher is that I get to play with ink and call it work. Yesterday, I was working on plans for the fall calligraphy workshops I’m putting together, and since I want the class materials to reflect the season, pretty falls colors were on my mind.

I’m obsessed now with the color I created and want to add it to everything. This rich, deep, coppery color is the glorious love child of two of my favorite inks—Dr. Ph Martin’s Copper Plate Gold (iridescent) and Ziller Buffalo Brown. It’s more red than copper, but that depends on the light, too.

If you’re wondering about the formula, I’m not much help there. Mix a bit of the buffalo brown and a little less of the copper plate gold and stir until the color takes your breath away. That’s pretty much it.

If I had to name the color, I guess I would just have to call it November. It’s high summer here in the Phoenix area, but this ink doesn’t know any better.

Thank goodness for that.



copperplate gold ink bella grafia

Jul 03

Midas touch

If I had to choose a favorite ink color, that would be pretty close to impossible. But I have to say that this copper plate gold from Dr. Ph Martin’s easily makes the top three. The flow is beautiful; the color is gorgeous. And the loveliest detail is that you can actually feel the texture of the ink on top of the paper. I can never resist running my hand over the first sample once the ink has dried.

(The brown ink at the bottom is another favorite: Buffalo Brown by Ziller Ink.)