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Inking Tools

edited October 2014 in The Toolbox
So, I'm a cheapskate. There. I said it. Anyway, I bought a large container of ink for inking. Before I went to actually purchase it I realised that I would need an ink receptacle, aka, an inkwell. Unfortunately, the guy at the art store didn't even know what an inkwell was (troubling in itself). My question now is, where does one find an inkwell? Do they still sell them? Or am I just an antiquated nut?

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  • I usually (back when I used to use ink) just used the bottle, or if using a big ass bottle then I decanted some into a cleaned out smaller bottle.

    Way back when I was inking Elfquest, I had a massive bottle of Higgen's Black Magic that Wendy Pini gave me. I used to fill a cap from a bottle of maple syrup (The Aunt Jemima kind with the red plastic cap) and use that as an inkwell. It would last about a page, and at the time I had to do two pages a day to hit the deadlines.

    Before that I had a colleague who would stick a yellow sticky note to his desk (sticky strip horizontal with the top of the desk, fold it in half so there was shelf, and fill it with enough ink to last an hour or so.

    My point being, you can make an inkwell with anything big enough to hold a millimetre or two of ink.

    Not sure if they sell them anymore....
  • on Ebay there's a bunch of antique glass inkwells, usually for less than 5 or 10 bucks
  • edited October 2014
    @Craig_A_Taillefer as soon as I found out that these were a no longer a common item, I dived into my garbage to get my small ink bottle. I wanted to see if this was one of those regional things where Canadians can't have nice things or if they are as rare as I think they are.

  • @jorgefmunoz I'll take a look there. Mostly because I like the idea of having an antique inkwell and because it may last longer than the plastic bottle that I'm using right now.
  • also, as somebody that still inks with pen and brush, the weight of the glass bottle is more manageable. Less accidents than with plastic, at least in my case.

  • edited October 2014
    That's my thinking too.

    Holy crap there are some really ornate inkwells out there:


    [Edited to add link]
  • Some of those are really cool.... I really like the egyptian one.

    THough, again, looking at the 'official ink wells' sort of reinforces my thinking of repurposing something.

    Most of them look like perfume bottles, or fancy ink bottles, or spice jars. Anything with a 'well' in it is fair game. I have a soap stone carved 'candle' made to hold tea lights that would work, the 'wel'l to hold the tea light would hold  ink as well.

    I bet a wander through Home Sense or any other kind of Bazaar like home and kitchen store and you could find a dozen options that would work.

    Though I wouldn't mind one of the ornate brass/metal inkwells myself...


  • That's my plan, repurpose for now, and then eventually get some really fancy inkwells. (I really like the Egyptian one too!)
  • THough, again, looking at the 'official ink wells' sort of reinforces my thinking of repurposing something.

    Most of them look like perfume bottles, or fancy ink bottles, or spice jars. Anything with a 'well' in it is fair game. I have a soap stone carved 'candle' made to hold tea lights that would work, the 'wel'l to hold the tea light would hold  ink as well.

    I saw a guy at a convention once using a glass candlestick holder as an inkwell. I thought it was some kind of hipster affectation at first, but watching him work, I realized it was actually pretty smart. The little "cup" where you insert the candle was just the right size to hold a good quantity of ink, and the broad base meant it was very unlikely to get tipped over.
  • I have some ornate candle holders..... hmmm........
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