About the inks we sell

Winsor and Newton Drawing Inks

They can be applied with a brush, dip pen or airbrush. The 26 colours include Liquid Indian Ink; a water based solution of traditional Chinese stick ink. This is the standard lettering ink used by calligraphers (this is not water resistant).

Brilliant Colours Formulated from a series of soluble dyes in a shellac solution, our drawing inks offer unrivalled strength and colour brilliance.

Colour Mixing The drawing inks allow overlaying of different colours for attractive colour mixes. All the colours are water resistant except Liquid Indian Ink, Gold and Silver.

Fully Intermixable All the colours are intermixable. Gold and Silver should be added to other inks in small quantities to avoid thickening. Mixtures of Gold and Silver should not be stored together due to adverse chemical reaction.


Winsor and Newton Calligraphy Inks

Our range of calligraphy inks has 18 brilliant and lightfast colours. The inks have been formulated with carefully chosen pigments to ensure maximum colour brilliance. Single pigments have been used where possible to enable clean colour mixes.

Versatility for Pen or Brush 14 colours (blue capped bottles) are suitable for dip pens, fountain pens, technical pens and airbrushes. These colours are transparent, thinner in formulation, fully intermixable and have a satin finish. Four colours (red capped bottles) are thicker, opaque and should be used with a dip pen or brush; this also applies to any mixtures using these colours. The black and white inks have a matt finish.

Permanence Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Inks have a permanence rating of AA or A, but are not waterproof.

Flow The Inks are non-clogging and have good flow characteristics when used in fountain or dip pens. We recommend that you test the inks with your chosen pen to ensure optimum performance.

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Daler-Rowney FW Ink

Inks are a more versatile medium than you might first imagine. The expressive fluidity and strong lightfast colour of acrylic inks are suitable for use by fine artists, illustrators, graphic designers, calligraphers, decorative artists and hobbyists, to name but a few.

FW Artists’ Ink can be applied with airbrushes, technical pens or traditional brushes, making them ideal for producing technical illustrations and finely worked drawings. They lend themselves equally well to clearly defined line work or broad washes of subtle, water-resistant colour.

FW Pearlescent colours can also be used to dazzling effect, especially where highly decorative elements are required to illuminate basic letter forms. Pearlescent inks can also be used to add shimmer and shine to decorative arts such as greeting cards, seasonal decorations, mounts and frames.

Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink

Acid-free, fast drying transparent coordinating dye inks specially formulated to create a colorful, polished stone effect. Use on glossy paper, dominoes, metal, shrink plastic, glass, and other slick surfaces. Available in 18 exciting 3-colour palettes. Alcohol Blending Solution is available for lightening colors and cleaning inks from non-porous surfaces.


  • Acid free
  • Fade Resistant, Dye Inks
  • Multi-Surface Inks
  • .5 fl. oz. Bottles
  • Precision Tips
  • Coordinating Colours
  • Available in individual bottles of 54 coordinating colours

Use the Adirondack® Alcohol Ink Applicator to apply Alcohol Inks to paper and other surfaces.  Use the Adirondack® Alcohol Ink Fillable Pen to create custom Alcohol Ink markers for doodling, journaling and coloring.

Note:  Ranger does not recommend using Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Metallic Mixatives, Snow Cap Mixative or Alcohol Ink Blending Solution in spray bottles as these contents contain alcohol and should not be airborne.


Spotlight on Winsor & Newton Indian Ink

A permanent and opaque black, Indian ink mixes well with other colours and adds a cool dense tint. It flows well on the paper, producing strong crisp black lines.


Also known as Chinese ink, Indian ink stems from one of the oldest and most durable pigments of all time: carbon black. Made from any ash, mixed with a binder such as water, liquid or glue, different recipes for carbon black can be found as far back in history as the ancient Egyptians and Greeks.  A recipe by the Greek scribe Dioscorides (40 – 90 AD) still survives on parchment.


Around 3000 BC, drawing ink appeared in China. Often using animal glue as a binder, the pigment was dried into small sticks or little saucers which needed to be rubbed with water to create a liquid ink. Traditionally black inks were favoured by Chinese artists who excelled in producing monochrome paintings, where the gift lay in creating texture and emotions through strokes and varying shades of black and grey. In India, scribes have used needle and pen since antiquity to write many of their Buddhist and Jain scripts. Black ink was known as ‘masi’ in India, a mixture of different ashes, water and animal glue. It was only in the mid-17th century, when Europe began importing ink from India, that it became known as ‘Indian Ink’.


Used for an eclectic range of activities: tattoos, various scientific endeavours and the Japanese game Hanetsuki, today Indian ink is a standard among illustrators, calligraphists, designers and cartoonists.  A staple for any sketch, artists such as Hogarth, Henry Moore, Warhol and Hockney have all used Indian ink. The iconic gentleman spider wrapped around boxes and bottles of Indian Ink was created for Winsor & Newton by the world renowned designer Michael Peters OBE, and won a D&AD Design award for Packaging Design in 1973.


Winsor & Newton produce two professional quality Indian Inks: Liquid Indian Ink which is the traditional formula of the Chinese sticks and is not water-proof, and Black Indian Ink which uses a shellac binder allowing the ink to have washes painted on top without bleeding.

Pigment Markers

Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers are the most recent launch from the Winsor and Newton stable.

No Ordinary Marker

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They’ve taken the marker pen. And re-written the rules. Introducing the new Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker™ – a pen so revolutionary it will change the way you work forever. Using only the highest grade, lightfast, fine art pigments, there are over 100 beautiful colours to choose from. There’s also a unique White Blender that places a limitless palette of tones and hues at your fingertips. This is no ordinary marker. This is creativity without limits.

Not only that but a WHITE blender adds infinite possibilities


An infinite colour palette, right at your fingertips. Introducing the first-ever White Blender, specifically designed for the Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker™ system. Using white titanium dioxide pigments, this remarkable new pen lets you build, blend and soften colours like never before. Mix tones fluidly and intuitively, creating myriad colours and subtle effects – even on black paper. The possibilities are limitless.

Made to last

Using fine pigments rather than dyes Winsor and Newton Pigment markers offer unrivalled staying power of up to 100 years (under laboratory conditions) traditional dye based markers fade 50 times faster!

Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers are available from Northwich Art Shop, 111 Witton Street, Northwich. Cheshire CW9 5DY