A warm welcome to the world of fountain pen inks and bleach, a visually impactive illustration and lettering investigation that is starting to catch the imagination of an international audience. This is a personal project that re-imagines an already existing product originally intended for a now increasingly obsolete purpose and seeing if it’s possible to enhance and explore it’s potential for other uses within the visual communication sector. A project where taking risks and making mistakes is positively encouraged and where serendipity plays a key role in the creation of unique and visually stunning imagery.
Fountain pen inks are made up of dyes. When applied to kitchen paper towel the dyes are released and the colours spread outwards (chromatography) – imagine a drop of petrol on a wet tarmac surface. I have found a way of achieving and utilising this effect on watercolour paper. The chromatic process is very much serendipity led and the beauty of the final outcomes are invariably dictated by this. Because they are natural and non contrived, the viewer is naturally drawn to them – like watching clouds or a sunset. The project also champions the concept of alchemy or in this case, creating a gold effect through subjecting fountain pen inks to the destructive behaviour of bleach. But this is merely a beginning. Ongoing experimentation, regularly reveals new and visually exciting painting, illustration and lettering techniques as well as being able to create all colours through mixing together the four base fountain pen inks of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black.
Nick Stewart (updated July 2018)
‘I certainly champion the idea of taking a process from the science lab and transforming it into art forms with new techniques found through the project investigations. With some wider recognition and credibility behind it, this project has the potential to grow into a seminal piece of creative investigation with genuine value for creativity as a whole.’ Jonny Tucker Editor at Blueprint Magazine
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