WORKSHOPS

To complement my research and test my findings, I deliver fountain pen ink and bleach workshops on site to schools, colleges, organisations and businesses as well as from my studio here in Rochester.

Why commission or partake in a fountain pen ink workshop?
– it’s unique, exciting, engaging and fascinating
– suitable for all students – 9 years and upwards
– huge range of fountain pen ink colours
– scalable and manageable – swatch cards and sketch books to larger scale art
– encompasses handwriting, lettering, calligraphy, illustration, painting and abstract art
– huge range of stunning visual outcomes
– helps individuals to start thinking ‘outside of the box’
– naturally encourages individuals to experiment and learn from making mistakes
– supports the current retro interest in traditional art processes
– caters for all technical and creative abilities
– 100% positive feedback from all workshops run to-date
– complements ‘O’ level, ‘A’ level, Further Education and Learning Enrichment programmes.

As stated, the workshops are ideal for students of all abilities with a minimum age limit of 9 years. The most popular workshop being a ‘general overview of fountain pen ink behaviours’ which is perfect for Learning Enrichment programmes – as the testimonial below demonstrates:

“Year 9 thoroughly enjoyed a fascinating workshop led by Nick Stewart on Thursday 28 June as part of Curriculum Enhancement Week. The artist specialises in fountain pen inks for creative use. He combines this medium with bleach to achieve surprising dramatic visual effects. He is very passionate about the discoveries he has made and his enthusiasm for the materials and techniques were shared with both students and art teachers. The great thing about his workshop is that it appealed to those students who are not particularly interested in Art.

After a series of demonstrations from Nick, the girls were making beautiful images. The process is very simple – applying water, then ink, then erasing and creating colour effects with the bleach. It was magical to see the works emerging and growing before your eyes. The girls have no excuse to create dull imagery and handwriting after this workshop.”

Mrs Karen Walsh – Head of Art Faculty, Cobham Hall

A typical workshop is outlined below:

With 22 students varying in age from 12 to 74 years, the first task was to investigate a few drops of Parker Black ink and observe their chromatic behaviours when added to wetted areas on cartridge paper. We looked at the colours that came out of solution and the serendipity effect of the drying patterns. The students were then asked to create a series of black shapes which once semi dry, were decorated with marks created with dip pens and a 50:50 concentration of bleach and water.

Task two involved blending two coloured inks together and repeating the task once again. As well as observing the subtle chromatography and blending outcomes between the colours, they noticed that the bleach can affect different colours in different ways. In this case turning areas of the brown ink green and areas of the purple ink electric blue.

Task three involved looking at paper textures. Watercolour paper samples were perfect for allowing the students to de-construct a few drops of Noodler’s Rome Burning. The heavier the water colour paper, the more intense the colours will appear with beautiful purples and yellows bleeding out of the brown. Once dry, they used their dip pens to add illustration and handwriting with the original dull brown Noodler’s Rome Burning ink.

The final task involved blending metallic inks together using automatic pens. A good quality cartridge paper is perfect for this. Using Herbin Amethyste de l’Oural, Caroube de Chypre and Emerald de Chivor the students were encouraged to use both the full width of the pens and to then turn the pens sideways to achieve a thin line giving a lovely linear contrast. Alternating the colours and then flooding colours and bleach into the lines while still wet gave some stunning outcomes. And once they were fully dry, the sheens and the metals appeared too. So, by blending 2 or 3 metal inks they got the base colours, the sheen colours, the metal colours, the blend colours AND the bleach colours. So much from so little! And all achieved in 2.5 hours.

Further case studies are available to read in the sub menu.

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So, if you are looking for a workshop that is different, exciting, inspirational and genuinely fascinating, please email me for more details: nick@nickstewart.ink

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