Friday, 6 February 2015

Rotring Tikki and Pigma Micron on Stones




New companions on my work bench are the Rotring Tikky Graphic 0.3 and the Pigma Micron 02. I use them on stones. 

I have been making literary paperweights, a fusion of stone, paper and words, for some time now. Writing tools employed for this process included Palomino Blackwing and Mitsubishi Mono pencils as well as fountain pen ink. For the new pebble paperweight collection, however, I found the Rotring and Pigma pens indispensable. 

The Rotring Tikki Graphic 0.3 contains pigmented ink which adheres very well to the stone's surface. Tikki's tip performs well on rough surfaces and follows the stone's contours very precisely. Never mind how irregular the pebble is, Tikki's tip can take it. I use it afterwards on paper and find that it is not affected at all by the rough treatment it previously received on the stone. Rotring Tikki is the champion of the pebble.




I use the Pigma Micron to write on the often tiny paper cut-outs which I attach on stones. The smaller the paper fragments the more difficult it is to make markings on them with pencil and achieve accuracy. Writing with a Palomino Blackwing on a slither of paper cannot produce a legible result. No problem for the Pigma Micron 02. Its very fine 0.2 tip writes perfectly on very thin and very old pieces of paper without any bleedthrough or feathering.



The Pigma Micron contains archival ink and so I expect the markings to remain fade-proof and indelible for ever and ever.

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