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December 23rd, 2013, 10:15 AM
This is my first ink towel (micro-fiber cloth). For a while it only had iroshizuku take-sumi in it, but now that I've dabbled in some more ink here she is:
Share yours!

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn140/lisantica/Mobile%20Uploads/photo-7.jpg (http://s303.photobucket.com/user/lisantica/media/Mobile%20Uploads/photo-7.jpg.html)

December 23rd, 2013, 04:37 PM
That's quite a lovely towel - - a work of art,even! If I were you I'd stretch it and frame it.

December 23rd, 2013, 04:55 PM
It really looks like a painting, nice!

My ink towel is really a "ink-towel-tent" or something, I don't know if there's a word for it. My son made it in school when they started writing with a fountain pen. He switched to pencils (his loss) and I'm using it now. It's got multiple inks in it, and I already exchanged the fabric once (took an old shirt)...


December 23rd, 2013, 05:06 PM
I appreciate the comments and anyone willing to play along.
Love that ink tent!

December 23rd, 2013, 05:22 PM
I promise faithfully to contribute a photo tomorrow. :)

December 23rd, 2013, 05:28 PM
I promise faithfully to contribute a photo tomorrow. :)
Looking forward to it.

December 23rd, 2013, 08:42 PM
Cool looking stuff. I've only ever used paper towels but I've got some old tshirts out in the garage I should cut into rags...

December 23rd, 2013, 08:48 PM
Mine is a cloth diaper lol... but it works great!

http://i880.photobucket.com/albums/ac10/thevaporcafe/E5119103-CCEF-44AF-BFFD-709B50014949_zpsbycji6cx.jpg (http://s880.photobucket.com/user/thevaporcafe/media/E5119103-CCEF-44AF-BFFD-709B50014949_zpsbycji6cx.jpg.html)

~~~~~~~~~~ The other side :)

http://i880.photobucket.com/albums/ac10/thevaporcafe/302D026E-1351-456A-915D-0154366A72C1_zpsmk5pfqqn.jpg (http://s880.photobucket.com/user/thevaporcafe/media/302D026E-1351-456A-915D-0154366A72C1_zpsmk5pfqqn.jpg.html)

December 23rd, 2013, 08:59 PM

How to make this Ink Tent?!!

I want one!

Here I've been so primitive, like a neanderthal crouching in my cave with my paper towels and my stained nibs!

Really, this rocks.

December 23rd, 2013, 09:24 PM
I use an old shirt

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December 23rd, 2013, 10:46 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7357/11526386103_c3d06016c6_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/99367074@N04/11526386103/)
DSCN1153 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/99367074@N04/11526386103/) by cwent2 (http://www.flickr.com/people/99367074@N04/), on Flickr

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3757/11526305286_8faa16ffe0_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/99367074@N04/11526305286/)
DSCN1154 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/99367074@N04/11526305286/) by cwent2 (http://www.flickr.com/people/99367074@N04/), on Flickr

An old dish cloth

December 23rd, 2013, 10:52 PM
Diaper, LOL! But now I think I want to use one for an ink towel.

T-Shirt, how cool! It serves a double purpose!

Old dish cloth, I love that one, even the bear on it, seriously, it's too cute.

December 24th, 2013, 12:41 AM
Mine is a black micro fiber cloth. You can't really see much.

December 24th, 2013, 02:44 AM

How to make this Ink Tent?!!
Really, this rocks.

I'll try to describe it, I'd say it's quite straight forward - if I manage to describe it good enough :)
You need:

1 outer fabric (colored, to your liking), you can decorate it, for example stitch on it (that's what my son did)
1 inner layer (it's a thin, somewhat plasticised piece of cloth, to iron-on) to stop the ink from bleeding through to the outer layer and and to give the whole thing a bit of stability (I doub't it's really necessary, depending on the outer fabric)
some (around 10) ten pieces of wiping-cloth (old shirt/whatever is fine)
1 cord
2 beads (with hole)/buttons

Cut all the fabric into same-sized circles, I'd say mine are around 15cm in diameter
Cut a little slice out of the two outer layer fabrics
Sew the outer layers on the edge of the cut, so it becomes a small tent - leave a small hole for the cord at the top (or cut it out)
Cut a small hole for the cord into the cleaning fabrics
Put the cord through the hole in the tent and the hole in the cleaning fabrics.
Secure with button/bead

I have attached a image which should make it a bit more clear. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask..


Happy sewing and nice xmas!

December 24th, 2013, 05:11 AM
Untitled 2012-13 Ink on cotton. 16.5"x13" approx.


December 24th, 2013, 07:31 AM
flaviocu, thank you, I'm going to try and make one of those.

AndyT, such vibrant colors, love it!

December 24th, 2013, 07:38 AM
I use an old shirt

Now that's clever: a great use for the occasional shirt that gets ruined by an ink leak! Why didn't I think of that myself?

December 25th, 2013, 05:38 PM
I think a nicely ink-stained T-shirt would make great wearable art for Pen Posse meetings!

January 18th, 2014, 08:20 AM
The ink tent that member flaviocu showed earlier in this post piqued my interest.
I recent bought a pen pouch from member salve7 (he has some items in the flea market section).
I asked him to try his hand at a tent.
See below. I love it, just want to get some feedback in how to make this better if possible.
My question to you all, is what type of material would you prefer inside as the wiping towels? T-shirt material, ideas?



January 18th, 2014, 11:22 AM
Mine is a black micro fiber cloth. You can't really see much.

I forgot I had this picture of the cloth I use.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7343/9372908319_1a77c785a4_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ivan_romero/9372908319/)
Decided to take apart the nib and feed. Good thing too, that feed needs some cleaning. #Pelikan M30 #fountainpen #repair (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ivan_romero/9372908319/) by IvanRomero (http://www.flickr.com/people/ivan_romero/), on Flickr

January 18th, 2014, 11:35 AM
I like the ink tent idea. Seems like you could cut a microfiber cloth or a piece of chamois to size.

January 18th, 2014, 11:59 AM
Thank you both for adding to the discussion.
What's great about the tent is that for me it takes up less desk space because of the cone shape. It's taller instead and compact when standing up.
The next one I order will have some microfiber/and or chamois in it.
It's great that Jay is willing to tackle this project and try some variations.