The thing that sets the leafing pens apart is the beautiful sheen …
these dots actually have the appearance of tiny, shiny pennies that react to the light.
If you’re confused on how to make the strong typography on this piece, hang tight for a couple of weeks!
I’m working on a Learn for a Latté worksheet set covering typography.
The other quirk is this ink has a tendency to get a little too thick at times.
That’s really no problem, just add water, twist the lid on, and shake it up!My go-to choice for writing on black paper is Winsor & Newton white ink. To take care of that problem, you can leave the ink out for a couple of hours with the lid off so some of the liquid can evaporate out.Your white ink should have a consistency that’s halfway between fat-free yogurt and cream.It’s a soapstone pencil, and it’s my new this-is-amazing find .Usually, soapstone is used by quilters who want to mark on fabric. It actually will just rub away with a soft cloth, which reduces the chances of your ink smudging.You can, of course, use it for that purpose , or just send it as a minimalistic greeting card.You could write a message over it with your Gellyroll pen, if you are so inclined!So: when you send someone artwork on black paper, it immediately says: “I took the time to make this especially for you by hand.” Mainly, though, artwork on black paper just looks cool, which is why I’m writing this blog post.I am going to show you a few tools and techniques for writing and drawing on black paper; for all of them, I’d recommend getting one of these little guys: The tool pictured in the image above has been my savior the past couple of weeks.Moving on, the two projects I just wrote about use techniques/tools that don’t require knowledge of a calligraphy/dip pen.The next materials I am covering do require such knowledge — but, really, if you don’t know how to use a calligraphy pen, it’s quite simple, and I do heartily encourage you to learn!