markers that write on black paper



Markers that write on black paper

You’ve been following tpk on facebook or instagram, you know that i’ve been drawing on black paper for the past two weeks working on my chalk-style illustration booklet/kit for quarto publishing.

The kit will be available on amazon and in various brick-and-mortar stores late summer of this year, but i couldn’t wait that long to write a blog post over this — actually, very fun — g on black paper is a novelty. Creating artwork on black paper is impressive because it says: “look at this cool pen/thing i have, and the stuff i can do with it! The second reason is the fact that it’s difficult for a printer to mass-produce.

By and large, printers can only print colored inks, which means printing white on black paper hardly ever happens {unless a printing company has a special printer}.

So: when you send someone artwork on black paper, it immediately says: “i took the time to make this especially for you by hand. Mainly, though, artwork on black paper just looks cool, which is why i’m writing this blog post.


Japanese pens

Am going to show you a few tools and techniques for writing and drawing on black paper; for all of them, i’d recommend getting one of these little guys:The tool pictured in the image above has been my savior the past couple of weeks.

It’s a soapstone pencil, and it’s my new this-is-amazing find {well, when it comes to writing on dark paper}.

However, you can use it to mark guidelines or make a design draft on dark paper.


Japanese stationery

It actually will just rub away with a soft cloth, which reduces the chances of your ink , let’s go over the technique that i was using for the quarto booklet.

It is important that you do this before you add the white ink; if you wait and do it afterward, the design won’t look as clean because color from the colored pencils will inevitably color over/tint some of your white you’ve added color to your paper, prepare your gel pen for use by getting its ink flowing on a piece of scrap paper.


Japanese pencils

The finished product will be a design that’s worthy of a whole foods chalkboard.

Also really like leafing pens for making drawings on black pens are really just paint in marker form.

You can, of course, use it for that purpose {and if you do, tell people you purchased it at an art gallery for thousands of dollars}, or just send it as a minimalistic greeting card.

You could write a message over it with your gellyroll pen, if you are so inclined!

Thing that sets the leafing pens apart is the beautiful sheen … these dots actually have the appearance of tiny, shiny pennies that react to the you do buy a leafing pen, you can also use it to draw metallic borders on envelopes, place cards, or whatever else.


Japanese leads

The package the pen comes in says you can even use it on furniture, but i haven’t gotten that brave yet! On, the two projects i just wrote about use techniques/tools that don’t require knowledge of a calligraphy/dip pen.


Japanese journals

Below you can see all the supplies you could use to create calligraphy or drawings on black paper.

Most assuredly there are more black-paper friendly supplies out there in the whole wide world, but this is what i’m covering go-to choice for writing on black paper is winsor & newton white ink.

To take care of that problem, you can leave the ink out for a couple of hours with the lid off so some of the liquid can evaporate out.

Your white ink should have a consistency that’s halfway between fat-free yogurt and cream. That’s really no problem, just add water, twist the lid on, and shake it up!


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