Drawing Inks have been used by illustrators and designers since their introduction by Winsor & Newton in the 1890’s, where the main requirement is brilliance of colour.
A range of water resistant colours are available offering outstanding brilliance and transparency. Today the inks are formulated from a series of soluble dyes in a superior shellac solution, which imparts the water resistant characteristics and also gives a gloss finish when applied thickly. The colour is ready for use direct from the bottle but may be diluted with water to reduce strength or increase transparency. It is however important to use distilled water to avoid the dye separating from the binder.