Ships of Tarshish Inking the Celtic Border – In today’s post we begin inking the celtic border using a 1.20 mm Rapidograph pen, circle template and a french curve. First, a DISCLAIMER: If you are working with a Rapidograph pen, always use Koh-i-noor Rapidograph specific ink for your Rapidograph. It is different from regular “india ink”. Using even high quality india ink may not work in your Rapidograph. With that out of the way, let’s begin. I’ve found it very helpful to apply strips of masking tape underneath the french curve that I use with my Rapidograph.
My french curve with a strip of masking tape underneath.
My circle template with strips of masking tape underneath.
Failure to do so will cause the ink to “bleed” and spread underneath the french curve when you try to draw a line. Putting a strip of masking tape underneath your french curve or circle template creates space between the french curve and the paper. Without that space created by the masking tape, the ink will make contact with the template and try to run underneath creating a “bleed” which will make your line very jagged instead of smooth.
Ships of Tarshish Inking The Celtic Border
For tight circular curves, I use the circle template.
For straight lines and mild curves, I use the french curve.
Here is a finished corner of the celtic border.