Quink Ink

Parker Quink Ink is full of surprises – not only is it a classic ink used for dip pens and fountain pens, it is also a beautiful medium to use for illustration and painting. It is a non-waterproof ink and as a result can be used in many interesting ways that are different to how waterproof ink can be used.

Firstly, Quink Ink can be used in calligraphy pens as it won’t cause the nibs to become clogged. This is because the ink is non-waterproof and can easily be rinsed from the pens. Waterproof inks are not recommended for calligraphy pens as they can damage and clog the nibs.

Secondly, because of the unique pigment makeup of Quink Ink, a variety of subtle colours can be achieved from using just the black ink: browns, blues, greys and of course, black. Because Quink Ink isn’t waterproof it can be worked into over and over again, which makes it a wonderful medium to use for illustration. By adding water over ink applied to paper you can create beautiful shades of blue. Bleach (yes – normal household liquid bleach!) can be used over the ink to create wonderful sepia tones. Bleach can also be used on areas of light ink to create highlights or even “erase” mistakes.

Quink Ink is such a fun and surprising medium to work with and there are so many different ways it can be used. You can even try adding salt over wet areas to create dappled effects.

Other non-waterproof inks that can be used in similar ways are Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Ink which comes in a dazzling array of colours, and Pelikan ink which is a great low-cost alternative.


Bleached areas in center, dappled areas created using salt on right and bottom left.


Beautiful shades of blue, black and brown


1 comment

  1. Patricia McParlinReply

    I am an artist and have always loved the amazing colours and versatility of Quink Ink…Nothing else does it and there is a sort of alchemy about the things it can produce…

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