Diamine Inks – Illuminated Lettering and Beasts


Last Saturday I ran 2 workshops on behalf of Rochester Cathedral to celebrate one of the UK’s oldest manuscripts – the Texts Roffensis. The above illustration was a test piece to show how the inks behave together. Not only do they blend together easily, they dry flat and still hold their vibrancy! And of course, the bleach is perfect for adding the fine white details!

FYI: The Textus Roffensis is the only existing copy of the first code of English law and was written in Rochester during the early 1120s. It has been described as one of the most important documents in English history.  This manuscript, written in Old English and Latin, is hugely important in the history of English law and language and is believed to have influenced the wording of the Magna Carta of 1215 and, later, the American Declaration of Independence of 1776.

Using only dip pens, brushes and 10 diamine inks, the students had fun. Their brief was to create an illuminated letter ‘R’. Here are 6 of my favourites so far. (4 more workshops to follow). I’ll do a write up later, but just to say that the Diamines were ideal for task in hand and the students really got to grips with them. See what you think.

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4 thoughts on “Diamine Inks – Illuminated Lettering and Beasts

  1. Pingback: Diamine Inks Review | FOUNTAIN PEN INKS & BLEACH

  2. I have been following your work for a while now and boy, is it gorgeous! I find it particularly fascinating to see how the various inks react to bleach. I do have a question though. Isn’t it problematic creating art with fountain pen ink considering that it faced with age and exposure to light?

    • Thanks for your kind words. For sure. It’s an issue. So, I don’t ever use thin inks. I use high quality papers every time. I tend to use dark rich colours and then spray with a UV ink jet fixative once the artwork is properly dry. I also photograph all my work using a Cannon 5D Mk2 so all the images are hi res and of a very high quality. This medium is very different to any other and it’s that serendipity factor of which the fragility of the product does play a significant part in the final visual outcomes, that keeps me hooked.

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