Jan 11, 2019

Sacrilege Question

can artist grade acrylics be used in fountain pens? I've found, in my light studies, that many metallic inks are already diluted versions of acrylics, so this does not seem to be a complex process, I have more fear of adverse effects to the pen. I am asking because I am doing a painted peice and have been unable to get the contrast on white paper with traditional inks in the inked outline. my plan is to use a diluted version of Stuart Temple's black 2.0 paint. the pen I am working with is a lamy safari ef for prototyping and, should this prove successful, a lamy 2000 ef. In my preliminary explorations, it seems theoretically doable, but I wanted to see if anyone has experience in the matter before I went off and did it myself.

Your "research" is faulty abs your conclusions erroneous. Almost all fountain pen ink is dye based. The few nano particle pigment inks like Platinum Carbon Black, require much more diligent pen hygiene. If you want to use acrylics--and why you think they are at any dilution an option for fountain pens is beyond me--do NOT dip your fountain pens as you will destroy the feed. Use cheap steel calligraphy nibs instead.
I would not put any fountain pen that I valued in anything other than fountain pen ink - regardless of how expensive or inexpensive it may be. Dip pens are very inexpensive, have a diversity of nibs available, and are pretty hard to clog. Any shop that sells you "artist grade acrylic paints" probably carries inexpensive nib holders and a wide variety of nibs.
You can just dip it and clean it after use to be safe.