If you’ve been wanting to use gold ink for your lettering and haven’t been sure how or haven’t quite understood why the ink is coming out in big blobs (we’ve all been there!) then this post is for you, no matter what level of lettering you are at, playing around and practicing with the Finetec palette is so enjoyable and you can make some beautiful pieces.
I love working with Finetec paints because they are so pretty and shine beautifully from every angle even when dry. I’ve used them for all sorts of things such as painting golden leaves in amongst a watercolour wreath, brush lettering with a regular paint brush and also as ink with my nib pen calligraphy. They work so brilliantly especially on black card. At the moment I only have the gold palette but definitely want to buy the 12 set pearl palette too.
The gold palette has a beautiful shimmery silver colour and a range of golds from a bright yellowish gold to a coppery type gold and all as lovely as the next. The pearl palette has beautiful purples, reds and greens and I’m so excited to get my hands on this set!
I got my set from Quill London – here the gold palette is £21.50 and the pearl palette is £29.50 (which isn’t bad considering you get double the amount in the second set). They sent me my order with a lovely handwritten card with my name on it which was a really nice touch 🙂
If you live in the US then you can buy the paints online here: gold and pearl. The Finetec paints are a great investment as they last for AGES. This is because once you are finished using the paints the water evaporates and dries and becomes a solid paint again. Although they are a watercolour type paint set they are also made with the intention of being used as inks too.
So I think that’s enough background info on the paints, lets get on with the tutorial 🙂
What you will need:
- Jar of water
- Paint brush (doesn’t matter what size)
- Finetec Paint Palette
- Pointed nib pen
The first step is to take your brush and cover it in water and put drops of water into your paint.
You want to make sure you have added just the right amount of water to your paints as this can be the pin pointed problem if your ink isn’t wanting to leave the nib, or is coming out in big blobs on your page or if the ink isn’t coming out a bright enough gold and looks a bit watered down and sorry for itself. Getting the right consistency is a matter of trial and error as too thick or too thin and you will run into problems.
Make sure you have mixed your paint and water well.
The second step is adding the paint to your nib.
This is where your paint brush comes in. Paint on your paint onto the nib in a smooth stroke from top to bottom. TIP: make sure the ink reaches the very tip of the nib. Also I often paint a stroke down the back of the nib too to make sure I have an even coverage.
Once the ink duct (small hole in the nib) is full this should be ready to go. If you notice a big blob of paint on the nib this will often lead to having a big blob on your page too.
Step Three: Start writing! 🙂
Remember to put more pressure on your downward stroke and less pressure on your upward strokes.
This creates thick down lines and thinner up lines. Again, it is trial and error to how much pressure you should put on as you don’t want to put too much pressure on coming down otherwise
you will end up with a mass of ink on your page. And likewise you don’t want to put too little pressure coming up otherwise no ink will come out. But this is all something you get used to with lots of practice.
Great thing about these paints is once you’re done with your masterpiece your water looks like some sort of shimmering potion! (But that might just be my inner child’s imagination).
Have fun playing with these paints and don’t get too frustrated when it all goes wrong. Once you’ve got the consistency and application down that’s half the battle! : )
Blue Peter moment…. “Here’s some I made earlier.”
How do you use your Finetecs and what problems do you find?
I would love to see some of your creations so get in touch via twitter or the comments below. Also if you found this post useful then please give it a share 🙂