Tuesday, March 29, 2011

All pens (and inks) are not created equal

So you just got your guest log drawing in the mail (or it is on its way and your thinking ahead). It is fresh and clean and empty, ready for your loved ones to fill up.

The ink we provide for sale through our online shop is acid free and archival. We have found that pigment based inks, though harder to find in the store in nice colors, work better with skin. A chalk based ink (which is what you might use a lot if your a scrap-booker) stamps fingerprints all blotchy and dry. No good. If you are going to get your own ink for the fingerprints, please test it out ahead of time to make sure its good.

For your guests to sign over or next to their prints, any archival, fine art or scrapbooking pen will be good. Just dont use regular or fine point sharpies. Here are some pens that are BDT approved (from high to low in price)

Fine art drawing pens:
Copic Multiliner SP in .3
Faber Castell Black Superfine nib
Micron Pen in Black Size 03

Scrap-booking pens:
Memory Marker, two sided F and M in Limo Black
Precision Pen .03 point in black
Zig Memory System Millennium Pen in .03
Point 88 Fineliner Pen in black, also come in an array of colors

On the big day, I suggest having a white box (or two if you are having a big crowd) of baby wipes on hand at the table with the guest log, so that the guests can wipe the ink off of their fingers before signing their name, and before it dries. It looks nicer if you peel the stickers off and is helpful if you cut the wipes in half ahead of time so they arent huge pieces.

Finally, framing before or after the event is up to you. If your ordered a medium drawing or smaller, it might be ok for it to be unframed on a table top. For a larger piece you might want to have it dry-mounted at your local framer or place it in a frame without the glass, so it keeps the edges safe and provides a hard surface beneath it. A piece in a frame is nice to display on a sturdy easel sometimes.


  1. What about ink on treated canvas? The tree that I have is painted with acrylic paint. Any advice is appreciated! Thanks in advance!

  2. Thanks for your question! All of our products are on high quality artist paper. After much testing and development, we do not believe that treated canvas, or canvas at all, is a good surface for ink fingerprints or signatures. It has too much texture. Using a tree painted on canvas with acrylic paint needs fingerprints that are also paint, which is a messy affair at a wedding...
    We recommend only fingerprint artwork on paper with quick drying dye based inks and art pens.