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  • A bit of rust in a pen for inkApproveRejectUn-ApproveSubscribeUn-Unsubscribe
    Question asked 2020-02-26 06:29:36 ... Most recent comment 2020-03-05 11:19:35
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    ​Hello dear people from Mitra.

    Recently i began a ink drawing that i am really happy with, but last night i realised that my pen for ink had started to rust a bit...


    The reason i didnt realise this before was because the pen was working great, and it was not clearly visible. I realised this when i had put it in destiled water and it was a bit yellowish, then i looked inside the pen and saw a little bits of rust on it...

    I really care for my materials and especcialy my art, but i guess that this stuff happens.

    THE THING I AM WORRIED ABOUT IS WILL THIS LITTLE BIT OF RUST IN PEN AFFECT THE INK ON MY DRAWING? WILL IT AFFECT THE ARTWORK? 

    I hope that artwork will remain as it is, but i wanted to ask to be sure? 


    Thank you 

    Kind regards


    Marko K

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  • ApproveRejectUn-ApproveUser Comment

    ​Not an expert, but I suspect it could have an effect similar to iron gall ink. Over the period of many lifetimes the iron oxide could leach out in a pale amber stain from within the inked paperlines and possibly also make the paper more brittle through oxidative action.  I believe it takes a century or two to become noticeable. (again not an expert) I wouldn't reason your work is anything like, headed for immediate destruction but might need more care of handling than it otherwise would do in the 23rd century.

    2020-02-28 15:15:42
  • EditDeleteModerator Answer

    ​It's possible that areas of your work with a heavy application of ink that has a particularly large concentration of rust might eventually become more brittle, the way art and manuscripts created with iron gall ink can. However, as the person above suggested, that would take a very long time to show. I wouldn't be too concerned; if you've switched to a new pen and continued from there your art will probably be okay!

    Gillian Marcus
    2020-03-05 11:19:35

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