Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Inks Review

*Disclaimer Update*
Since posting this review I have learnt that the pink and purple inks contain shellac, which makes them not cruelty free and not vegan. I will not continue to buy these products and will certainly going forward be a lot more mindful when it comes to buying art supplies.

I can't tell you how often I've walked past these adorable little bottles in my go-to art shops and wondered if I'd ever have an excuse to buy them. Usually I see them in The Range and I think more than anything I'm drawn in by the cute size of the bottles and how much they look like little potions.

A few weeks ago I got a bottle of my black Indian ink out that I've had since university and it wasn't a posh brand by any means, but I had loads left so thought I'd do some experimenting. I started to mess about doing some text and instantly recognised that this was something I wanted to practice and improve on. Then it struck me, that I finally had a reason to grab some teeny tiny, posh looking inks from the art shop and start a collection.

I usually hop into The Range for art supplies because most things are really cheap and these bottles were only £2.99 each so ya know...I picked up three! I went for gold, Carmine and Violet which are all so beautiful and rich that I can't wait to get some more on my next visit. Being so affordable, they're definitely something I can build on easily and hopefully have lots of colours in no time. I've been using a paintbrush so far and will be experimenting with pens in the future (and when I find a calligraphy pen!) but I really love how the brush collects a stock of ink within the bristles and you can keep going without having to re-dip into the ink too much.

I didn't realise just how striking the pigments would be within each of the shades I chose, even the gold was beautiful and glistening when it caught the light and I didn't expect it to have such a kick to it. I know these inks will go a really long way because I used hardly any and barely had to refill my brush bristles just to write a couple of words with each colour so overall I'm really impressed with them.

I can't wait to get my hands on some more inks from the collection; I'd love to get the silver next as they'd sold out when I made my first purchases, along with a nice blue, green or even yellow! Let me know if you've ever tried inks before and how you find working with them :)

Thanks for reading,

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