First up – I’m not associated with Kielty Inks, nor did I receive any free products from the company (sadly). I’m writing because I chose to.
How it Started
Last autumn I heard of a new AI brand called Kielty but didn’t pay much attention because stupidly enough I assumed I wouldn’t be able to get the inks in my corner of the world. It’s difficult enough to get my hands on Piñata or Ranger so I guessed a new and unknown brand won’t be available. Plus someone had said something like Celtic Ink, which I obviously couldn’t find anywhere.
Then I saw that someone from said corner of the world had ordered Kielty so I thought I’d give it a try. I went all in and ordered the full bundle plus extra stuff (to save p&p).
Just six days later my parcel arrived.
The bottles look pretty much like any regular ink. But the tops have already been colour coded and every label has a drop of ink on it to show what it’s content looks like.
After giving them a few hours to go up to room temperature (the parcel was kind of cold) I started experimenting. And what can I say? These inks are lovely. They are brilliantly pigmented, spread easily and a little goes a long way. I find they do behave similarly to Ranger’s inks and blend well with both Ranger and Piñata inks. The blending solution is easy to use and works nicely. I especially like that
On their Facebook page I asked Kielty about varnishes and UV protection. The answer:
“I have heard that Kamar interacts with my inks. I am waiting on a can to test it. Most water based varnishes should work fine. I will be releasing one in a few weeks.”
“My inks have very good light fastness. A varnish will not do much to effect this unless it has a UV inhibitor built in. Or unless you put the piece behind uv filtering plastic/glass. I am releasing in a few weeks a varnish with uv inhibitors that will extent light fastness to over 250 years in normal display conditions. I have not been able to reliably test the time beyond that.”
So far I’ve noticed that Ghiant and Liquitex fixatives both reactivate the inks, so I’m still looking for a decent varnish…
Besides the inks and blending solution Kielty also offers glitter, a layering solution (which looks extremely promising, more in another post), a retarding solution, Kelpi to prep porous surfaces, and neddles and tips for fine details when applying the inks. I’ll be testing everything, that’s for sure!
Here’s a video of me using the inks.