Ink Testing

Plans for testing ink properties

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Because ballpoint pen is a rare medium for artists, I found it difficult to get reliable information on the archival properties of ballpoint refills on the market. I took it upon myself to test several ballpoint pens for their resistance to UV light and general fading/discoloration resistance over long periods of time.

I’ve got a hold of 40 pens from around the world which claim to be ISO 12757, which is the standard for archival quality inks and I’ll be testing their resistance to fading by keeping them in direct sunlight for a few months. I’ll be tracking and posting the results here as I process and catalogue the image data.