I have come a long long way since them early days but one thing that has not changed is the black ink pad I was using. It was one I found in my 8 year old daughters craft supply. I have no idea where it came from or even if it was any good. It actually turns out that it is a Tsukineko Impress in Jet black. But being the only black ink I have even used I decided to see what else was on the market.
My needs have changed since my early days. I now need something that is alcohol proof. Back in the beginning I used coloured pencils, that was if I coloured them at all as I had no confidence in my ability. I just knew it was something I enjoyed doing.
There is nothing wrong with the impress pad when used with alcohol markers but I wanted a dark brown to step away from the harshness of the black. I know alot of individuals prefer to stamp in brown.
So for hours I poured over internet reviews, which ones are best? who has what in stock? how long is delivery? Will it give me crisp lines?
I eventually decided on Spectrum Noir Finesse. I love their markers so much I thought I would give their alcohol proof ink a try.
I have to say I am impressed with the crispness of the lines. I have stamped the same image in the Finesse and the Impress. The finesse is on the left. You can really see the defined lines.