REVIEW: Mica Gold Ink from Kuretake

I've always been a fan of gold paints and inks - hence, #thegoldinitiative. Recently, I've discovered this Gold Mica Ink from Kuretake Zig and TBH I think this is a must-have for every calligraphy/lettering-enthusiast. Here are the reasons why:

1. EASE OF USE. It's already in liquid form so I don't need to brush it over the nib for pointed pen calligraphy, as opposed to using paint. Also, each bottle comes with a ball shaker. This makes it easy to mix the ink everytime the pigment settles at the bottom of the container.


2. PIGMENT. This gold is brilliant, opaque, and very saturated. It can be used on both light and dark colored papers. You can also use this for both brush lettering and pointed pen calligraphy.


3. PRICE. A bottle of 60mL retails for just Php 499 (Pesos) - It's very affordable for a lot of gold, to be honest. You can purchase this at @swirlsandstrokesph (Instagram).

I think the only thing I don't like is the bottle. When you dip your holders, it tends to get messy, especially when the bottle is halfway empty.

Here are some samples:


Unlike the Finetec watercolor palette, this ink can't be blended. If you want something to mix with paint, get a Finetec. For everyday writing, get this ink instead.

Happy hoarding, then!

P.S: Tag your golden artworks! #thegoldinitiative

Zig Pen Meet

Zig Philippines and Shangri-La Plaza, are cooking up a BIG event on June 27 at the Grand Atrium of Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Are you ready for an afternoon of calligraphy, lettering, inks, and pens?

I'm doing a demo alongside with awesome artists: Fozzy Dayrit, Richelle Macapagal, Drew Europeo, and Patrick Cabral! 

There will also be pre-event demos by the talented calligraphers @shawie_gram, @paola_koala, @carligraphy, @piescribbles, @gelibalcruz, and @rstacruz!

Best part about this? It's FREE. All you need is pre-register here and bring a Zig Pen on the 27th. Easy peasy. See you!