Winsor and Newton Drawing ink 14ml
  • Winsor and Newton Drawing ink 14ml

Winsor and Newton Drawing ink 14ml


Formulated from a series of soluble dyes in a superior shellac solution.  These inks can be applied with brush,  dip pen or airbrush and are widely used by designers, calligraphers and artists as well as illustrators.

Winsor and Newton Drawing ink 14ml: Brick Red 040
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Colour Range

The range comprises 24 colours including Liquid Indian Ink, a water based solution of traditional chinese stick ink. This is the standard lettering ink used by calligraphers (which is not water resistant).

Sizes Available 

The full range of 24 Drawing Ink colours are available in 14ml bottles, each with their own uniquely designed box.  Blacks, Gold and Silver are available in 30ml bottles.  Black Indian Ink (the 'spider' design) is available in 30ml with a dropper lid.

Brilliant Colours 

With over 170 years of colour making expertise Winsor and Newton offer a range of inks with superior strength and brilliance of colour.

Infinite Optical Colour Mixes

Fast drying, water resistent & transparent, this allows the overlaying of different colours for attractive optical colour mixtures.  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 together should not be stored due to adverse chemical reaction.

Easily Diluted

The colours can be easily diluted with water to reduce the strength of the colour or to increase its transparency. Distilled water must be used as tap water causes the dye to separate from the binder.


As Drawing Inks contain dyes, they do not possess the lightfast properties of pigmented colours and should not be used in work which is intended for display in lighted areas.  This does not apply to Blacks and White which are pigmented and Gold and Silver which are metal based.  Although metallic colours are lightfast they may show tarnishing in the long term. 

Pens for Drawing Inks

Drawing Inks can be used with dip pens for writing but are not recommended for airbrushing or fountain pens as the binder clogs the nozzle or nib respectively.

Brushes for use with Drawing Inks

There are a multitude of brushes on the market, and choosing the right one can be daunting. All water colour brushes can be used with Inks 

These brushes are recommended due to their good colour carrying capacity, ability to point, spring back into shape and reasonable price. Care should be taken to rinse the brushes in water whilst working to prevent the ink from drying hard into the hair.

In such cases, methylated spirits can be used to dissolve the colour, followed by thorough washing with soap and warm water.

Surfaces for Drawing Inks

Paper or Illustration board is the most commonly used surface for Drawing Inks. As a general rule, the paper surface needs to be smooth to allow the pen to move over it quickly.  Smooth drawing papers or hot pressed water colour papers are ideal. Hot pressed water colour paper provides a smooth surface which prevents cockling. 

A soft paper or a rougher surface may have a tendency to fluff causing the nib or tip of the pen to catch, especially when a quick stroke is made. A paper both internally and externally surface-sized is also recommended as this will help to prevent bleeding and add to colour brilliance.

Drawing inks are also used on acetate films for overlaying by designers. Due to the many types available, acetates should be tested first to ensure the ink will be accepted.

Other Surfaces for Drawing Inks

Next to paper, schoellershammer illustration board is the most commonly used support by designers' using Drawing Inks. Drawing Inks are also used on acetate films for overlaying by designers.  Due to the many types available, acetates should be tested first to ensure the ink with be accepted.

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Specific References



Winsor Ink Colours

Winsor and Newton drawing and calligraphy inks colour chart

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  • check_circle Apple Green 011
  • check_circle Black (Indian Ink) 030
  • check_circle Blue 032
  • check_circle Brick Red 040
  • check_circle Brilliant Green 046
  • check_circle Burnt Sienna 074
  • check_circle Canary Yellow 123
  • check_circle Carmine 127
  • check_circle Cobalt 176
  • check_circle Crimson 203
  • check_circle Deep Red 227
  • check_circle Emerald 235
  • check_circle Gold 283
  • check_circle Nut Brown 441
  • check_circle Orange 449
  • check_circle Peat Brown 469
  • check_circle Purple 542
  • check_circle Scarlet 601
  • check_circle Silver 617
  • check_circle Sunshine Yell 633
  • check_circle Ultramarine 660
  • check_circle Vermilion 680
  • check_circle Violet 688
  • check_circle Viridian 692
  • check_circle White 702
  • check_circle Liquid Indian 754
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