David Blunkett Defrauded

David Blunkett has had a cheque 'washed' and the amounts/payee replaced with new details. The original story was in the Telegraph. This nicely illustrates the advantages of using a 'bulletproof' ink, such as 'Noodlers'. I ran my own tests on this ink here. I use three different noodlers at the moment, Walnut (not bulletproof), Legal Lapis and Black.

The Black and Legal Lapis are both pretty permanent once on paper. Indeed, there is a reward to anyone who can remove Noodlers Black without damaging the paper (i.e. to show that it's susceptible to the type of fraud used against Blunkett)

Just to make it crystal clear, Identity Cards would not have prevented this theft! Using a non washable ink would have done!

Flying Mannequin - Sad Mannequin

Flying MannequinSad Mannequin It's been a little while since I posted any of my doodlings directly on this site. Here is one that I finished literally within the last hour or so. The main figure for both is in ink, and the background of the flying mannequin is acrylic paint.

Unfortunately I only remembered after I started putting the colour in that I was using regular waterbased ink and not noodlers, and so the ink began to run and I had to redraw lots of lines from the figure itself. Ah well, live and learn.

Noodlers Ink Tests

I recently bought some Noodlers Ink. I got Noodlers Black and Walnut from the UK, and I ordered some Legal Lapis from the USA. I decided to test the waterfastness of the inks for myself, using Parker gel ink for comparison.

This is my 'before' image:


All looking good. Now for the 'after' image. I ran the envelope under water for some time, and then allowed the envelope to dry:


As you can see, the walnut has lost some colour, but is passable. Black and Legal Lapis are untouched (despite being water based inks, and so fountain pen safe. The Parker Gel ink has all but vanished.

Noodlers' Legal Lapis

I recently bought some Noodler's Black and Walnut inks from I've had good results with both (though my pens do get an airlock from time to time, easy to clear, but annoying to have to). Noodlers Black is 'bulletproof', i.e. once on the paper then it stays on. Yet it is fountain pen safe. There is even a challenge on the US site to the first person who can reliably remove it. There is also an eternal blue due to be released.

There are other 'Bulletproof' inks, such as Eternal Brown and Legal Lapis, both of these are only available through one supplier.

That said, Walnut was pretty good when I tried to remove it with an ink eraser (which simply makes Quink and the like vanish).

I've now placed an order for Legal Lapis, this is not available in the UK and so it's not cheap, but if it is as nice as the others, I am looking forward to getting it.

These inks (and the accompanying fountain pens) are not cheap initially, but over time they fair well compared to the cost of disposables (assuming that one doesn't acquire disposables through the office...!)

There is also something almost sensual about using a fountain pen which is not replicated with your throwaway biro.


A moleskine in a moleskine in a moleskineThis sketch was done using a combined felt/brush marker. It was a pretty quick sketch done during a tea break just now. I quite like the idea, though I can see problems with the execution.

I can imagine coming back to this sort of idea regularly as my skills improve.

As usual with these pictures, clicking on the picture will often get a more detailed image.

Fluxx Art

Drawing of FluxxI decided to experiment a little today. I wanted to see how water affected the ink of the rotring art pen. I made a little sketch in my moleskine using a waterfast pen, and then shaded it using the rotring. The sketch is of Fluxx, a card game which I just happened to have on my desk. Applying water caused the rotring ink to spread out in a sort of blueish hue.

To be honest, I got a little concerned - the shadow is much darker than I imagined, but that is the point of the test. Once dry I then coloured the result with watercolour pencils (I had intended to wet those) and reinked. In some parts the reinking was essential as the result was blotchy.

This technique could work well for a 'yes minister' style of painting, or possibly for some moody skies!

To be brutal, I'm not that happy with it (and I'm not fishing here, I'm being self-critical). The pack was resting on a book, and I started to include that, but made a bit of a hash of it. I don't like the shadow at all, and I should not have re-hatched - though the original hatching was good.

I like the elastic bands, I can't quite say way. I also like the two pieces of paper it's sitting on. These are strapped in place using the elastic band. They're the original rules of the game, as well as a list of the extra cards which have been added. These are stored outside the box as there is no room inside due to the extra cards!