Rembrandt, DaVinci and Van Gogh are just a few of the artists that have used walnut ink in their drawings! Unfortunately their inks were made with real walnuts, which are highly acidic, causing their incredible drawings to fade and the paper to deteriorate over the centuries.
Tom Norton’s Walnut Drawing Ink® is made with artist grade pigments, and it is both lightfast and acid free! You will experience the rich walnut color and superior rendering capabilities loved by the world’s most famous artists knowing that you are using an archival ink. In addition, most brown inks are shellac or acrylic based, which is fine for a myriad of techniques, however they dry permanent. Our ink acts more like a watercolor because it always remains water-soluble. With Tom Norton Walnut Drawing Ink you can layer to darken your tones or add water to lighten them, and you can also use a wet brush to lift color.
Walnut Drawing Ink
Tom Norton Walnut Drawing Ink® owes it’s reputation for supreme quality to it’s unique formula which uses premium imported pigment. Experience the unique characteristics and beauty of the ink used by the Old Masters without the acidic qualities of the old formula that fades, is highly acidic and damages paper over time. Tom Norton Walnut Drawing Ink® is extremely lightfast.
NEW! Darkening Medium
Tom Norton’s Darkening Medium® is not an ink but an additive to be used to darken the original ink when a drawing needs that extra “punch”. Some artists will add black india ink to darken the color of Walnut Ink. This will work but you will sacrifice the unique watercolor characteristics of the ink and lose the ability to lift color or lighten areas.
The Darkening Medium® is very heavily pigmented and made with the same binder as the original so it can be added or mixed with Tom Norton’s Original Ink® without changing its working properties. It can also be used straight from the bottle. However, it is so heavily pigmented it will behave more like a Sumi ink and stain the paper and not lift as easily as the original.
Walnut Drawing Stick
Most people, when they begin to draw, have a preconceived idea of what a drawing should look like, and this idea includes the kind of marks made by their drawing tool. Consequently, the look they are trying to achieve interferes with their ability to learn the basics of drawing. For this reason, instructors will often substitute twigs for drawing tools since twigs won't make a mark that is familiar or predictable to the student. This frees the student to start recognizing basic drawing elements such as the negative spaces between the marks made on a page and composition possibilities.
The Walnut Drawing Stick is a handy tool that, on one end, is sort of like a pen- but not really; and, on the other felted end, is sort of like a brush - but not really. The Walnut Drawing Stick is unfamiliar enough to achieve the same experience of the twig, yet, at the same time provide the capability of achieving, with experience, similar marks made with a conventional pen and brush.
No, our ink is not made from walnuts. Our ink is walnut colored made from premium light fast pigments that will not fade over time. Our ink is also acid free. Genuine walnut ink is highly acidic and actually eats the paper over time. The drawings of the Great Masters were made with genuine walnut ink which was black when it was freshly made over time it faded to the beautiful sepia tones that they are now. Our Walnut colored ink replicates these sepia tones. Our ink is water-based allowing you to achieve darker tones with layering techniques or lifting to lighten.
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