De Atramentis Document Inks Test


Here are nine De Atramentis document inks. I have tested the black but on the photograph have included the archive ink as they behave in the same way. The good news is that they are all bleach resistant, as you’d expect. When added to a water base there are some variations. Brown, Fuchsia and Yellow blend very easily revealing some lovely variations in tone while Fog Grey, Dark Blue, Blue, Turquoise and Green are quite resistant. The Black appears to float particles on top of the water, which gives for an interesting texture. As writing inks these are all quite thick – as document inks can be. Of note – the Turquoise bleeds on more absorbent papers! No real surprises here but I doubt I’ll be using any of these in creative projects going forward.

Inks sourced from and

All tests on Bockingford 200lb watercolour paper using Frankenflex pen Jinhao 159 with titanium zebra G flex nib.


3 thoughts on “De Atramentis Document Inks Test

  1. *chuckles*…..I haven’t even tried to ‘tree’ these inks. They are literally what it says on the can….(or rather, the bottle). They do the job they were designed for. If an illustrator was looking for inks to draw with using either dip nib or safely in a fountain pen, can be mixed to make other colours and that will be permanent; these will do the trick. If you are inclinded to monkey around with the wonderfully unpredictable properties of fountain pen ink you best look elsewhere. 😉

  2. I’ve been using the brown for sketching. Always have to wet the nib. Going to switch to Platinum Sepia and see how that goes.

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