I have always had the habit of buying art supplies on spec -- they look so delicious in the store, and I know I'll find some use for them any minute. Then they may sit on my art table for a long time before the use appears. This year, because of my daily calligraphy project, I'm finally using a lot of things that have been waiting. For instance, a bunch of pens and nibs that belonged to my father, so last used somewhere between 14 and 50 years ago, are getting revisited.
But this week I decided to revisit a couple of jars of acrylic ink (whatever that is -- I have no idea how it compares to ordinary ink) that have been waiting on my table for a couple of years. I used the olive green with no problems on Sunday, then yesterday went to the bright red.
When I started the daily calligraphy project my objectives were not only to make good-looking letters but to learn about different methods, techniques and materials. Figuring out the possibilities of various brushes and pens, learning how to use different inks and paints. So it's not all bad to find out that acrylic ink, whatever it is, seems to have a shorter shelf life than india ink, whatever that is. Or maybe it's just this bottle. I will probably keep using it, because it's so beautiful on the page, but will keep observing its behavior.