Our Inks

Designed and Developed By Lettering Artists For Lettering Artists. A Writing Fluid For Steel Nib Pointed or Broad Edge Pens, Brushes and a Multi-faceted Medium for Whatever Your Imagination May Decide To Do

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Ziller offers you calligraphy inks that are:

  • Light-fast - Because you want your legacy to last.
  • Pigmented - Using pigments ground to sub-micron size for best flow and color effect.
  • Ph Balanced - For archival stability.
  • Waterproof - An acrylic co-polymer formula to allow unique color design, and give you an edge over the elements and the postman.
  • Gives fine hairlines and solid broad lines that are consistent in color.
  • Pre-mixed for your convenience.
  • A dipable ink with a wide mouth jar.
  • Flows well from both pointed and broad edged pens.
  • Creates similar looks of gouaches.
  • Water soluble, just dilute with distilled water.
  • Easy to clean up with water and a little ammonia.
  • Conforms to the ASTM D-4236 labeling requirements no toxic and the European EN-71 Standards no heavy metals.

Glossy Black Ink Powder.

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

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

FW 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 reintroducing the Ziller Classic Glossy Black Ink powder to penmen and calligraphers.

This formula makes an unique medium for invitations of all types.

Classic Glossy Black is also very suitable for off hand flourishing and signature writing.

The powder comes in a one ounce plastic jar. Just add boiling water to the first ring on the wall of the jar and stir. Don’t shake - just stir. It will take a little time to dissolve. Stir before every use. If the ink is too thick - just add some distilled water.

Mixing Our Ink

One day I needed to mix the Ziller Inks to match a shade of green. I didn’t want to mix a large amount and I wasn’t sure which colors I needed to mix to match the green. I looked around my office and couldn’t find any containers small enough. As I sat at my desk and tried to come up with a solution to my problem, I saw a pile of paperclips.

Ziller Ink is a high-quality, concentrated product that can help you create smooth lines and beautiful calligraphy. There are only a limited number of colors available, so it is helpful to learn how to mix the ink. When you know how to mix colors, you can create endless color. This is good for broad pen lettering, Spencerian, and copperplate lettering.

In a short time I mixed many shades of green. I found that I could put one paper clip in each color and use them to drop a small amount of ink on the nib. I used one paper clip for mixing the color on the nib and one to add water to the color on the nib to thin the color or make the ink letter better.

Here are several of my sheets that I created one day.