Inks in Depth: Diamine Ancient Copper

From their website:

“Manufacturers since 1864,
Diamine Inks relocated to this
state of the art factory in Liverpool in 1925, where they successfully carried on using the traditional methods
and formulas for ink production.
Over the years the company
has changed hands and are
now located close to the world
famous Aintree Race Course.”

Liverpool, home to the
Beatles and Diamine!

Diamine Ancient Copper was the ink that pulled me out of thinking inks
were to be waterproof and for sketching under watercolor.


I bought the Lamy Al-Star and looked for an ink to set it off and found this
lovely sketching ink!  It has been paired with this pen forever!

Properties of Diamine Ancient Copper ink:

Diamine Ancient Copper ink writes
crisp on all my papers, even Post-its,
no feathering.  I consider it on the wetter side, but still well-behaved; I have it
in a wet stub nibbed pen, and it dries quickly unless puddled, like my swab, above. Completely water-soluble ink,
no water resistant.  The brush moves
the color, easily, and when scrubbed/rewet it shows all the lovely colors — it is in fact
a good shader when painting.  The shading properties make it lovely with which to paint! I don’t think of it as a sheening ink,
but it does produce a dark brown
sheen when laid in thick, above. when doused with water on a towel, the only color that slightly pulls is yellow.

*Above, watercolors from Daniel Smith and QoR.*

The color  matches several watercolor pigments, listed with their Munsell ranges after: Transparent Iron Oxide (Pr101), Pompeii Red (PBr7), and Van Dyke Brown (Pr101).
*For more info on the munsell system, go to this page.  Knowing the pigments can help you not to duplicate watercolors made of the same pigments.*

I was unable to find out if the inks are lightfast, and have not performed my own tests.
Most artists who use ink are making prints of their work —
But ink-painting is becoming more popular so maybe it is time!


This heart on Strathmore paper shows off the ranges… The piece was drawn, the water used to push the inks, and finally the squiggles and lines were reasserted after.
NO ghosting of the lines made to draw the heart — completely water-soluble!


Lovely Buddha with Moon gives an idea of this ink on watercolor paper,
and the shading that can happen with the touch of a waterbrush.


The ink was one of my favorites to have in my purse in case I had time to sketch in the city.  This sketch of the Native American Student Center in Portland was created in ink. Later a wash of Daniel Smith Lapis and Hematite was used when moving the ink.


Seriously, I went from an all waterproof sketch gurl to a water-soluble sketch gurl.
Diamine Ancient Copper is to blame for the many inks I own!

I bought this ink from Goulet.

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Tools: Sheaffer Vintage Desk Pen

Finally had success purchasing a vintage pen!
I love this desk pen — beat up, but interesting gold nib that works!
The 14k gold nib bends as if it was dropped — but that is the design.

Right now it holds Akkerman Delfts Blue in it, a gift from Carlein!


Not quite right — nib bends more!

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Karen’s Orchid


When I closed my jewelry business I gave away many many pieces of jewelry to friends.
Karen was one of those friends who chose a lovely Buddha.

You never know how you touch another person, but this time I was gifted back.
Karen came to the studio in Portland and brought us this lovely orchid.
She was dying of cancer, and the Buddha became an important part of her rituals;
she wore it until she died, and we talked a lot that day about death and where she was headed and all the things you can talk about when relative strangers,
art friends, decide to go deep in a moment.

We think of her every time the orchid blooms, and that day’s sharing.


On another note, wow, paints make a difference.
I chose to try a different yellow and it was not my favorite yellow and had
an opaque white quality, and took some of the pop out of the image.

I also tried mixing ink-painting and watercolor, with mixed results….

I think I need to have another go at this!

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Mom’s Chinese Jar

My mom had this Chinese jar (urn?) for years; now it is mine.
I don’t where it came from; know nothing about the history.
I like it cozied next to a Buddha statue.

I sketched it first with the TWSBI Eco 1.1 with Robert Oster Midnight Sapphire ink, above.  After it was dry I touched the lines with the waterbrush… Always a risk when
you like the final drawing, but this time I liked both.


Finished page — I think of Tracey Fletcher King
whenever I see blue and white pottery, her signature!

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Mister Rodgers on Crayons

Came across this, too cool not to share!
Betcha learn sumthin!!

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Tennessee Williams


A couple of Tennessee Williams quotes hit me in the heart
and I decided to do a sketch of Tennessee Williams.
*gasp… the 100 peeps in 1 week got to me*

“Try to matter.  Try to care and never be afraid
to admit that you just don’t know
how you’re going to make it.
That’s when the help —
the human and divine help — shows up.”

I’ve been struggling with depression, for good reason —
well, maybe not depression, but despair.
The future doesn’t look good, and the future is not far off.
There is just no good news.


The Pilot Murasaki-shikibu ink feather on my Nostalgie Sketchbook pages…
Don’t like that, and not sure why.

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USk: Client’s View


Tried a new way to sketch on site.
I had several TWSBIs with me, and sketched the Williamette River view
from our client’s home while Mitchell talked to her about her furniture.

After we left, I used a waterbrush to blend the initial sketch,
adding ink to fill the river depth colors.
Then topped it with more sketch lines.  I liked this… will do more.

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