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Ziller Inks

Ziller Inks

Ziller Inks

  • Ziller Inks
  • Made with sub-micron particle size pigments
  • Flows consistently well assisting a smooth confident stroke
  • Are lightfast, waterproof
  • Fully intermixable to create a whole spectrum of colour.
  • Primary Colours
  • Cardinal Red - a deep red, bright and strong
  • Midnight Blue- a rich full bodied blue with plenty of strength
  • Sunflower Yellow- a beautiful sunflower yellow
  • Secondary Colours
  • Prairie Fire Orange - a lively vibrant orange
  • Wild Viola Violet- a royal deep violet - mixed from dark violet to lavender
  • Sweet Grass Green - a fresh clean green with deep colour
  • Buffalo Brown- strong colourful brown
  • Northwind White - a durable opaque white - so dense it writes on black card!
  • Soot Black - a flat sooty black giving solid black lines
  • Glossy Black - from the pointed pen the swells dry to a glossy look
  • in a broad pen the strokes have more of a satin sheen
  • Create a new colour with Ziller Inks
  • BURGUNDY- add Sunflower Yellow to Cardinal Red then a little Soot Black
  • TEAL - mix Sweet Grass Green and Midnight Blue with a small drop of Soot Black then add North Wind White to the shade of Teal required
  • SPRING GREEN - add Sunflower Yellow to Sweet Grass Green
  • VIOLET - the rich Wild Viola Violet is beautiful from large nibs but may need to be lightened with North Wind White for smaller or pointed nibs.
  • The inks give a rich solid coloured stroke - most colours are opaque
  • They can be diluted considerably with water whilst still retaining good colour or thickened, if required, by using the ink thickener
  • They clean up quickly and easily with a little ammonia in the water
  • Ooops, my ink dried out!!! If your bottle of Ziller Ink looks like a dried up river bed:- Break the dried up ink into small pieces and place back in the jar. Add a very small amount of distilled water and stir. The ink will dissolve and reconstitute and you can use it just like before. Dilute as required.
Sample of Copperplate using Ziller Inks

Sample of Copperplate using Ziller Inks

A sample of Copperplate written with Ziller Inks on black paper by Jim Linwood
Set of Ziller Inks

Set of Ziller Inks

Price: 60.00

Ziller Ink Glossy Black

Ziller Ink Glossy Black

Price: 6.50

Ziller Ink Soot Black

Ziller Ink Soot Black

Price: 6.50

Ziller Ink North Wind White

Ziller Ink North Wind White

Price: 6.50

Ziller Ink Cardinal Red

Ziller Ink Cardinal Red

Price: 6.50

Ziller Ink Midnight Blue

Ziller Ink Midnight Blue

Price: 6.50

Ziller Ink Sunflower Yellow

Ziller Ink Sunflower Yellow

Price: 6.50

Ziller Ink Prairie Fire Orange

Ziller Ink Prairie Fire Orange

Price: 6.50

Ziller Ink Wild Viola Violet

Ziller Ink Wild Viola Violet

Price: 6.50

Ziller Ink Sweet Grass Green

Ziller Ink Sweet Grass Green

Price: 6.50

Ziller Ink  Buffalo Brown

Ziller Ink Buffalo Brown

Price: 6.50

Ziller Ink Thickener

Ziller Ink Thickener

Price: 5.50

Ziller Classic Glossy Black Ink Powder

Ziller Classic Glossy Black Ink Powder

Shown above is a beautiful bird flourish penned by F.W. Tamblyn, probably in the 1920's using the Classic Glossy Black Ink powder. Notice the fine hairlines. Unfortunately this scan does not show the deep dark black glossy color on the broad shades. This bird was one the many examples that Tamblyn created for his mail order class on off hand flourishing.
Ziller Classic Glossy Black Ink Powder~

Ziller Classic Glossy Black Ink Powder~

The Ziller Classic Glossy Black Ink Powder was originally called Elegant Glossy Black Ink Powder. The earliest record is of the ink being sold in 1898 in the Penman's Art Journal ads.

The ink was formulated for steel dip pens to acheive a fine hairline and a thick glossy broad stroke.

F W Tamblyn and Stephen Ziller included this ink in the self study calligraphy kits that they sold starting in 1895 through the 1950's.

In 1998 we were unable to obtain the ingredients in reasonable quantities at reasonable prices so that it would be affordable for the penmen. Now, after more than 10 years, penmen keep asking if we can bring back the old formula. So we checked the pricing again and found that the ingredients have become available at a more reasonable price.

We are now introducing the Ziller Classic Glossy Black Ink powder.
Ziller Classic Glossy Black Ink Powder

Ziller Classic Glossy Black Ink Powder

Price: 5.85