Bister Ink Experiment

Date Created: March 14, 2020
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Carol DuBosch from Scribbled Lives 2020 uploaded an image using Bister Ink powders and I was intrigued... I normally drop inks or watercolors into my water logged letters, but this is very interesting as well and I will continue playing with it.

The letters are still water logged.


I sprinkled a minute amount of Bister ink (Yellow, red & blue) on Canson Biggie 90# CP w/c paper (rough side). I need to try this technique on rougher paper...

1) I used the "A" tool (Dreaming Dogs "Aldus") the largest of their ruling pens. I love the result.

2) I used the "B" tool - Simply Simmons #8 Chisel w/c brush

3) I used the "C" tool - Dreaming Dogs "LeeLoo" ruling pen.

4) I used the "D" tool - folded pen

5, 6, 8 & 10) I used the "E" tool - 6.0 Parallel pen (empty dipped in water) I tried various amounts of water to try to get less flooding. Still need to experiment.

7 & 9) I used the "F" tool - Mitchell 1.5 Roundhand nib.

11) I used the "G" tool - Selectum #1 23-925 white Taklon brush.

With the balance of the powders from the above experiment, and on the same paper, wrote the word "BOLD" using The #8 w/c brush. The ampersand with a Zebra G nib and the "Beautiful" with the Mitchell nib.

There is still a bunch of powders to use for another piece. I'll add a touch of yellow because it's getting too blue for me.

This piece I did for the Scribbled Lives 2020 Wk 11 challenge of "New Thought"

On Arches Textwove paper I used a 6.0 Parallel Pen dipped in water and then sprinkled the Bister Powder. Allowed it to do it's thing for a minute and then blotted up the rest of the water making the letters lighter. I like the speckled effect I got doing it this way.

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