Dr. Martin's Spectralite Ink 18 carat Gold

Item Code: I27


Dr. Martin's Spectralite 18 carat Gold Liquid Acrylic Color

***Dr. Martin's discontinued the original Spectralite Acrylic, which included 8 metallic colors. Most of those metallic colors can be found in item I16 Dr. Martin's Iridescent Calligraphy Ink. The original Spectralite is being replaced by the new Private Collection which is packaged in glass dropper bottles.

Popular for pointed pen work. 1oz glass dropper bottle.
Acrylic. Lightfast, archival, and permanent fine artist pigment. Waterproof when dry. #54K 18 Carat Gold was one of the most popular golds in a poll taken by Cyberscribes. Recommended by Mike Kecseg & others for pointed pen work.

Colors available:
#54K 18 Carat Gold

I really like Dr. Ph Martins Spectralite 54K Gold for pointed pen scripts. Jenny Muffler, Rockville, MD, 30 Oct 2013

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WOW on Black!
Apr 19, 2017  |  By DIana Brown
This is gorgeous!!! just played with this on black paper and it's WOW!

Spectralite Gold Calligraphy Ink
Oct 12, 2021  |  By Nancy
Dr. Martin's Spectralite Ink 18K is a super gold ink for calligraphy. The metallic pigments will settle to the bottom during storage and need to be thoroughly mixed into the ink before starting to write. This means a lot of stirring. For smaller jobs I love my Badger Paint Mixer (S780). Its stirring wand is small enough to fit into narrow mouth jars. The metallic pigments will settle during a writing session so it is important to occasionally give the ink a stir between dips. If I have a larger job I'll use a magnetic stirrer (like the Soap S1040). This keeps the pigment suspended during my whole session saving me time.

Old Spectralite Gold is Better
Oct 12, 2021  |  By Jenny
The newer Spectralite Private Collection Gold is a very good ink, but the Spectralite 18 Carat Gold is brighter and worth paying a bit more. Thank you John Neal for keeping it available for long-time users!

Dr. Martins Gold Acrylic ink
Feb 17, 2022  |  By Marta Traughber
It's a nice ink but it's hard to mix up all the way.
Owner Response: The shinny particles in all metallic inks settle to the bottom, and it takes some work to get the ink mixed up again after a bottle has been on the shelf for a while. But, the Badger Paint Mixer makes short work of the task (https://www.johnnealbooks.com/product/badger-paint-mixer). You will also need to stir the ink occasionally while writing. Here is the URL for a "Stirring Metallic Ink" article on the JNB website: https://www.johnnealbooks.com/prod_detail_list/stirring-metallic-ink

Great to Write and Paint With
Oct 22, 2022  |  By Gabe West
I love to use this ink on black paper; really brings out the brilliance of the ink. It covers paint well, and spreads well if you're using a brush.