The Finetec gold palette is one of the best golds that money can buy and has always been my top favorite. Not only is the variety of golds in this palette pretty vast, but I love how the golds shine differently at different angles.
Using a Finetec pigment isn’t as straightforward as using ink straight out of the bottle, but it’s certainly easier than making your own ink and then using it. In this post, I will teach you how you can use this gorgeous gold in your calligraphy.
For Finetec Calligraphy (as I call it), you will need the following:
- The Finetec Gold Palette
- Pen holder. I am using this one
- Nib. I’m using the Brause 66 EF
- Water dish filled with water
- A paint brush (any size will do. I’m using a Size 4)
- An old napkin (to clean your tools)
Let’s get started with Finetec Gold!
Using your dropper, add a few drops of water at a time to your favorite gold. Start with 2-3 drops. Then, using your paint brush, mix the water into the pigment/color.
Continue adding water (slowly!) and keep mixing until you get a whole milk-like consistency. Make sure you mix well.
Using your paint brush, apply some of the luscious gold to the bottom of your nib like the picture below.
Grab a piece of scrap paper and test the flow of the ink. See below for troubleshooting tips if the ink doesn’t flow.
And that’s it! Use this beautiful gold to create some gorgeous looking calligraphy! To further help you, I have created a short video describing this process:
With the Finetec gold, you have endless options to create stunning art. In the past, I have create holiday cards, place cards, gift tags and custom quotes amongst other things. Create something your heart desires, friend. The sky is truly the limit!
If you need to write in a straight line, try using a laser liner instead of making pencil guidelines. You may check out this blog post if you’ve never used one before.
1. The ink won’t flow
Ensure that the consistency of your ink isn’t too thick. It should be similar to whole milk- not too viscous, not too watery. If the consistency is correct but the ink still doesn’t flow, try sticking the tip of the nib in a potato and trying again. However, if a potato isn’t available, you could instead dip the tip of the nib into your water dish. Nine times out of ten this works for me. 🙂
2. The ink leaves a blob on the paper
This could happen if there’s excessive ink on the nib. After you apply the ink/gold to your nib, give your pen a quick nudge downwards so that the excessive ink falls off.
3. The paper is catching on the nib
Check the angle between the nib and paper. Essentially, the nib should glide on the paper. Also, ensure that both the tines of the nib are touching the paper at the same time.
If you have any questions or concerns, comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to share your works of art on Social Media. Use the hashtag #calligraphyquill so that I can see the pretty too!