With my renewed interest, I've discovered there are actually some really nice inks on the market that are permanent and waterproof.....as well as those that simply make the claim, but do not deliver.
On a recent trip to the art store, I discovered a bottle of Pen & Ink Brand Fountain Pen Ink. "Woohoo!!" I thought.
|Ink Samples in the background|
as well as my Esterbrook Fountain Pen
|The sample above is a test strip completed over 36 hours,|
starting on the right side with a wash of water almost
immediately after the ink was laid down -
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I reread the statement on the bottle:
In case you can't read it, it says "Ideal for sketching, dry ink does not bleed when used with a wash." Well then, I guess the question then becomes "How long do I have to wait for the ink to dry?"
If after 36 hours, I'm still getting a bleed, I'm not going to be using this ink to sketch with UNLESS I want tonal grays and have no intentions of putting down a watercolor wash.
On the good side of things, the ink does appear to be lightfast and permanent as there has been no fading in my samples so far. Still, if you're looking for a permanent ink, I suggest you avoid this one.
If someone else has had radically different results, I'd love to hear from you!