I am excited to be writing this blog post about my new travelling ink pot – because it means that I am travelling !!!
In seven weeks I will be flying overseas. We are going to England, flying directly to Manchester for the Urban Sketching Symposium … more about that later.
I have recently purchased a Visconti travelling ink pot to carry and refill the ink for my Lamy Safari Joy pen. I will be sketching furiously for three weeks in England and will need to refill the ink in my pen during that time. It is like an old-fashioned fountain pen where you dip the pen into the ink bottle and draw the ink up into the pen. At about $100 (more than twice the price of the pen) the travelling ink pot was a little investment, but it will bring me the peace of mind that I will not open my suitcase to a leaked/broken ink bottle. It is vacuum sealed and received excellent reviews.
My last overseas holiday was three years ago to Barcelona for a previous Urban Sketching Symposium. To transport my ink, I used a small interesting plastic bottle wrapped in bubble wrap, put in another plastic jar, sealed in a plastic bag. Secure, but it took up valuable luggage space. See my post from three years ago to read more about it
I will start using my new travelling ink pot now, so that I can figure out how it works ! I will be refilling with Noodlers Bulletproof Black ink until I finish the bottle. Noodlers is not stocked in Australia anymore and I have purchased DeAtramentis Black Document Ink as a replacement product.
Over the next few weeks/months my weekly blog will be about my Melbourne Rare Book Week activities, Urban Sketching Symposium and as well as drawing in the countdown to holidays.