Calligraphy on dark colored paper

Dark colored paper is not only great for practicing on, it’s also beautiful for projects. Recently I participated in an envelope exchange, and I addressed my blue envelopes in white ink. If this is something you’re interested in trying, then I hope the instructions in my post are helpful for you!

Dr. Ph Martin’s Bleed Proof White ink (available here) creates a rich bright white ink that is lovely on dark paper! It can be a bit tedious to work with, but as you can see, the results are definitely worth the extra time.

Make sure that your jar of ink looks like ink and not like dried crystals. If it’s dried then it is old and I’d recommend a new jar. This ink is quite thick, and before you can begin writing, you’ll need to add some water.

I add enough water to cover the entire surface right at the top of the jar. I have never measured it before, but it’s probably close to 1 teaspoon. Then, use a simple brush and stir gently. ONLY STIR the top layer. Do not try to stir/mix the entire jar. This is not necessary at all. Since my jar is new and is full, I’m mixing the top 1/4 of the jar. The ink should barely drip off the end of your brush. If it does not, add a bit more water and stir gently again.

Now you’re ready to write! This jar should not be dipped into – remember we’ve only mixed the upper portion of the jar – so instead you’re doing to use your paint brush and paint the BACK SIDE of your nib. Make sure you cover the “eye” or the hole on the nib. Go ahead and write! If the ink doesn’t flow, make sure you have enough on your nib… or you can barely touch the tip of your nib in water and then try to write… or you may just need more water in the bleed proof white jar. I know, it requires patience!

Enjoy using your beautiful white ink! Try adding gold or other iridescent colors! I think you’ll be pleased with the results.