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Calligraphy Inks

Ink for calligraphy in ranges of vibrant colours and metallic shades.

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  1. Cornelissen Oak Gall Ink

    Cornelissen Historical Inks, Oak Gall

    Starting at: £9.00

    Exclusive to Cornelissen, our intense black Oak Gall Ink is made to a medieval recipe using oak galls collected in Cambridgeshire. The small, handmade batches are blended to give the required consistency and strength, and are steeped for several weeks and left to ‘mature’ for several more. Lightfast and fully waterproof 5-7 days after application, Oak Gall Ink has been used for centuries by calligraphers and scribes to create illuminated manuscripts and legal documents.When used on animal skins such as vellum, the acids in the Oak Gall Ink react with collagen, effectively ‘etching’ itself into the surface, hence its permanence. As with all products derived from natural ingredients, there may be slight variations in the colour and consistency of the ink due to seasonal changes

     

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  2. Cornelissen Historical ink range, Brazilwood

    Cornelissen Historical Inks, Brazilwood Ink 30ml

    £6.50

    The highest quality ink found on illuminated manuscripts in medieval Britain, this ink is an intense crimson red, made by simmering brazilwood chunks in vinegar. Add a tiny drop of Oak Gall Ink to produce wonderfully bright violets. 

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  3. Cornelissen historical ink range, Spice yellow

    Cornelissen Historical Inks, Spice Yellow Ink 30ml

    £6.50

    A luscious sunshine yellow that can be layered to produce deeper shades. As a blend of organic dyes derived from saffron and turmeric, this ink is not fully lightfast. Unlike other inks in this range, it has a granulating texture that displays the individual colour particles. 

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  4. Cornelissen historical ink range, Doomesday ink

    Cornelissen Historical Inks, Doomesday Ink 30ml

    £10.50

    Our oldest recipe, this high-quality Oak Gall Ink was used by monasteries and the crown in medieval Britain. Initially a medium blue-grey, it darkens to a rich, matte black, slightly warmer in tone than our other Oak Gall Inks. When diluted, beautiful warm red undertones are revealed as a result of the presence of wine within the mixture.

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  5. Cornelissen historical ink range, turquoise ink

    Cornelissen Historical Inks, Turquoise Ink 30ml

    £6.50

    This turquoise ink is a beautiful, transparent, deep blue-green. It can be layered for deeper shades; when used at full opacity it is a deep viridian green, and when diluted with water it reveals a marked blue undertone. Made from a blend of botanical dyes, this ink is not fully lightfast.

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  6. Cornelissen Historical Inks, Oak Gall Fountain Pen Ink 15 ml

    Cornelissen Historical Inks, Oak Gall Fountain Pen Ink 15 ml

    £6.50

    This is a luscious, matte, blue-black ink, that has been formulated to have a lower Ph than our other Oak Gall Inks in order to pass through the inner workings of a fountain pens without damaging it. It is made in small batches and blended to give the required consistency and strength, and becomes fully waterproof 5-7 days after application. Permanent and lightfast, it has been steeped for several weeks and left to ‘mature’ for several more in the bottle before first use. 

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  7. Cornelissen historical ink range, Purple Carmine

    Cornelissen Historical Inks, Purple Carmine Ink 30ml

    £6.50

    Purple Carmine is a beautiful, transparent, blue-purple ink, which can be layered up for deeper shades. This colour can create some interesting effects; when diluted, the purple splits into two colours, a red and blue. Due to the use of cochineal in our formula, this ink is not fully lightfast or vegan.

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  8. Cornelissen historical ink range, Hawthorn Yellow

    Cornelissen Historical Inks, Hawthorn Yellow Ink 30ml

    £6.50

    Made from organic hawthorn berries collected from Cambridgeshire, this bright, warm yellow ink can be layered in order to produce deeper shades. It is not fully lightfast or waterproof due to the presence of organic materials.

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  9. Cornelissen historical ink range, Hawthorn Green

    Cornelissen Historical Inks, Hawthorn Green Ink 30ml

    £6.50

    A rich, soft green, this ink is made from organic Hawthorn berries, collected in Cambridgeshire, following a medieval English formula. The ink is not fully lightfast, due to the presence of organic ingredients.

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  10. Cornelissen historical ink range, China Blue

    Cornelissen Historical Inks, China Blue Ink 30ml

    £6.50

    Formulated from the same dye that was used to colour blue and white china, this ink is a deep, rich blue. Used at full opacity, it is a blue-black, and dilutes down to wonderful cold blue washes. As it is dye-based, it is not fully lightfast. 

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  11. Cornelissen historical ink range, Sir Isaac Newton

    Cornelissen Historical Inks, Sir Isaac Newton Ink 30ml

    £10.50

    Formulated to the exact recipe that Isaac Newton used to write his notes, this ink is completely permanant, as his surving writings attest. Although composed of very similar ingredients to our Jane Austen Ink, we consider Newton's recipe to be superior, as Austen's has browned slightly over time. Initially a medium blue-grey, it darkens to a rich, matte back, which is slightly warmer in tone than our regular Oak Gall Ink. It is made in small batches and blended to give the required consistency and strength, and is fully waterproof in 5-7 days. Permanent and lightfast, it has been steeped for several weeks and left to ‘mature’ for several more in the bottle. When used on animal skins such as vellum, the acids in the Oak Gall Ink react with collagen, effectively ‘etching’ itself into the surface, hence its permanence. 

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  12. Cornelissen historical ink range, Jane Austen ink

    Cornelissen Historical Inks, Jane Austen Ink 30ml

    £10.50

    This ink is made to the recipe that Jane Austen used to draft her novels. Austen's maid took this formula from Martha Lloyd's book, ‘The House Keeper’. She used good-quality English oak galls, but poorer quality beer than Isaac Newton, and added a little sugar. Her recipe is less stable and turns ‘antique brown’ over a long period of time, while Sir Isaac Newton's remains black. Initially a medium blue-grey, it darkens to a rich matte back, slightly warmer in tone than our regular Oak Gall Ink. It is made in small batches and blended to give the required consistency and strength, and is fully waterproof in 5-7 days. Permanent and lightfast, it has been steeped for several weeks and left to ‘mature’ for several more in the bottle. When used on animal skins such as vellum, the acids in the Oak Gall Ink react with collagen, effectively ‘etching’ itself into the surface, hence its permanence. 

     

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  13. Cornelissen Walnut Ink

    Cornelissen Historical Inks, Walnut

    Starting at: £9.00

    Made from organic walnut husks collected in Cambridgeshire, this deep brown walnut ink is made to an 18th-century formula. Small batches of the ink are blended to give the required consistency and strength. It has good permanence, but will eventually fade if left in direct sunlight for sustained periods of time, and is not wholly waterproof, but has some staying power, especially on sized watercolour papers. As with all handmade products derived from natural ingredients, there may be slight variations in the colour and consistency as a result of seasonal changes.

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  14. Rohrer and Klingner Writing Ink 50ml

    Rohrer and Klingner Writing Ink 50ml

    Starting at: £6.30

    Writing Ink (series 40). Dye based inks suitable for fountain pens and many other calligraphy tools. Not waterproof or lightfast. The range of 18 shades includes two Iron Gall inks modified from a traditional recipe to be suitable for fountain pens. The Iron Gall inks are lightfast, deepen in colour with oxidisation over time and are permanent. All colours, with the exception of Sepia, are intermixable. Learn More
  15. R&K Drawing & Calligraphy Ink 250ml

    R&K Drawing & Calligraphy Ink 250ml

    Starting at: £23.20

    Drawing & Calligraphy Ink (series 29 700). Lightfast pigmented acrylic inks in 22 colours. Intermixable with Rohrer’s Antique Drawing Inks. Suitable for brush, dip pen, technical drawing pens greater than 0.35mm and airbrush. Learn More
  16. Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Inks

    Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Inks

    Starting at: £5.40

    18 vibrant colours, lightfast, non-clogging and fully intermixable. Non-waterproof. Learn More
  17. Roberson Liquid Metal Acrylic Inks

    Roberson Liquid Metal Acrylic Inks

    Starting at: £6.40

    Roberson extra fine Liquid Metal Inks for calligaphy and drawing. Apply with dip pen or brush, can be thinned with water if required and will not tarnish. Not suitable for fountain pens or technical drawing pens. Waterproof. Learn More
  18. Winsor & Newton Ink Calligraphy 6 Assorted Set

    Winsor & Newton Ink Calligraphy 6 Assorted Set

    £36.75

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  19. Roberson Metallic Ink 30ml

    Roberson Metallic Ink 30ml

    Starting at: £10.30

    Pale gold, rich pale gold and copper. Non waterproof. Learn More
  20. Roberson Metallic Ink 250ml

    Roberson Metallic Ink 250ml

    Starting at: £27.90

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  21. Roberson Permanent Pigmented Inks

    Roberson Permanent Pigmented Inks

    Starting at: £6.70

    A water-soluble range of highly pigmented, Ph neutral "Indian inks" that are lightfast and permanent when dry. Ideal for use with a watercolour wash. All colours are intermixable and have a matt finish. Not suitable for fountain pens or technical drawing pens. Learn More
  22. Roberson Liquid Gouache Inks

    Roberson Liquid Gouache Inks

    Starting at: £6.70

    A highly pigmented, PH neutral ink made from egg white, honey and gum Arabic. Rich in colour and tone with a subtle satin finish, the Liquid Gouache ink range is smooth in consistency and even in flow. All colours are lightfast, water-soluable and intermixable and can be applied with a brush, reed, dip pen and ruling pen. Learn More
  23. Pelikan 4001 Fountain Pen Inks

    Pelikan 4001 Fountain Pen Inks

    Starting at: £7.70

    Non clogging inks in vivid colours. Suitable for plunger fountain pens. Non waterproof. Learn More
  24. Higgins Sepia Calligraphy Ink

    Higgins Sepia Calligraphy Ink

    £8.00

    Non waterpoof rich, antique looking free flowing ink for use in fountain and calligraphic pens. Learn More
  25. Higgins Black Calligraphy Ink

    Higgins Black Calligraphy Ink

    £8.60

    Higgins Black Calligraphy Ink 74 ml. Waterproof, free flowing ink for use in calligraphic and fountain pens. Learn More

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