Tools: White Pen and Ink

I wanted white ink for my fountain pen.  I wanted to use a stub nib on a fountain pen for beautiful white writing, and also reduce waste (most of these you toss into the landfill.)
I wanted a waterproof ink…

Imagine my delight when I found De Atramentis Document waterproof white ink!
I popped it directly into my Jinhao (not my beloved Jinhao, but my hated Jinhao)…
And began drawing my heart out on colored paper!

W16 6 DEA DOC WHITE 02W16 6 DEA DOC WHITE INK MRP PIE 03The next day, completely clogged Jinhao.  No jump-start!  CLOGGED!

I popped the pen in to soak and assumed it was the pen; it is why I hate them —
they clog easily with both my favorite ink brands.

w16-9-24-pens-copy-6W16 7 16 PENTALIC BLUEPRINT PALMS 03 SQI put it into one of the most dependable fountain pens, a Platinum Preppy 05 or Medium Nib.  I’ve never had one clog even if I left it for a month — and enjoyed writing over De Atramentis Document Blue for a little test run, right.  I intended to draw more with the white that day.  I capped my pen.  IT CLOGGED WITHIN TEN MINUTES… whew, okay, I was able to jump start it with a few drops of water.
I stored it tip down.  I even put a drop of water into the cap I was so paranoid.  Next day, COMPLETELY CLOGGED, dead pen.

*BTW, I am still soaking it just to see if it cleans, but so far, itsa goner*

So let’s just say I would never ever put this ink into even a cheap
$4 fountain pen unless you want to toss it within the day.  EVER.

*you’ve been warned*

I’ll be using it with brush and dip pen, thank you, and may not buy it again
unless I become very enthusiastic about painting with white ink.

*another aside — I adore De Atramentis Document inks and
have no trouble with them clogging any of the pens I use —
unless I am abusive and leave the pen uncapped!*

So let’s talk about the properties of this ink along with the non-clogging ink pens I own — and I am putting marker and ball-point together.  The ink itself is medium quality for coverage.  I had to double back twice in the white on blue image above, and you can see it on the number one spot on the black paper, below, which has great tooth.  It is 100% waterproof, as you can see in the washed image area to the right of the dip pen.

w16-9-30-white-inks-pittw16-6-18-bi-santa-hallmark-01-copyNext up, the PITT pen, White 101***
(Yes, it has all those stars.)
I love the pen, though it is not the
whitest of the four inks, but they
only make it in a broad marker,
which means it is a fat white line!
(Please make a thin line PITT!)

I love using it to shade clouds
and fluffy white Santa beards.
It layers nicely, and it is waterproof
from my scrubbing-it-repeatedly-with-water-test, above.

w16-9-30-white-inks-um153-1w16-10-5-pentalic-gurl-can-dream-dtlw16-4-25-bi-daffy-dill-02-copyMy favorite of the white gel pens is
easily the Uni Signo UM 153.1, above.
It lays down a nice clean bright
medium line with no need to double back, and without leaving the track of the ball-point in the middle, like the Uni 120AC, below.  While it is a medium, it is not a
terribly fat pen, and also lays down color
nicely over watercolors, shown above.
However, if scrubbed with water,
a bit of the ink will eventually move.
I use it mostly for highlights, and occasionally drawing on colored papers.

w16-9-30-white-inks-um120-acw16-9-30-white-inks-3The Uni 120AC.
I throw it in my sketching kit in case someone wants a white pen.

*I’m kind of hoping to lose it… I have TWO*

Yes, it is thin, but look at the track the ball-point lays into the white!
(Expand the image above.) I don’t want that.  And like my favorite, the Uniball 153.1,
if scrubbed with water it will release a bit of white cloudy ink.

Finally, I am linking to a review of white ink pens/markers from Jetpens
I do not have nor intend to try these pens, as I have one that works… their videos, below.

w16-9-22-pentalic-laguna-beach-days-of-yore-05-sq w15-10-haight-sq w16-8-rp-trojan-horse-sq w16-4-1-newberry-library-sq w16-9-22-pentalic-laguna-beach-days-of-yore-04-sq

I agree to Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International License, which you can learn more about by visiting the site, or,
visit my web page for a more user-friendly summary on my terms.
My images/blog posts may be reposted; please link back to dkatiepowellart.

 ©D. Katie Powell.
My images/blog posts may be reposted; please link back  to dkatiepowellart.

W14 4 27 WC PALMS PAT SQAs my Patreon supporter, you will have
access to some content not on this website,
sneak previews, goodies, discounts on classes.

I will teach architectural sketching,
art journaling (art+writing), creativity, watercolors.
That annoying loud-mouth editor/critic in your head?  GONE!  How great would that be?

About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
This entry was posted in drawing, pen & ink, review, tools and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to Tools: White Pen and Ink

  1. That is interesting about the De Atramentis white ink. Thank you for sharing. My favorites are the Sharpie water based and Posca, it looks like .07mm. They both work but do not give a fine line. I have the Signo Um-153 and a Gelly Roll 08…sometimes they work and sometimes not!


  2. Youanna N. says:

    White ink. Period. Dip pen. Period.
    Roger that! 👍


  3. Wendy Brydge says:

    Not a word of a lie, just yesterday I was wishing for a white pen/marker while I was working on a project. And now, thanks to your post, I know which ones I want to try!


I love hearing from visitors!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.