Do you use dinky dips to store your calligraphy ink?

Do you use dinky dips to store your calligraphy ink?

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I’ve long heard from US calligraphers that it’s great to use dinky dips to store your calligraphy ink for pointed pen scripts.

“These are so good to have on hand! I had my share of ink spills, too, before I found out about the magic of dinky dips.”


All well and good when dinky dips are easily sourced in the US via suppliers like Paper & Ink Arts and John Neal Bookseller.

Until last week, I’ve struggled to find dinky dips in the UK. But I received a newsletter from Blots Pen & Inks Supplies, and here they are!


Description of the Jumbo Dinky Dips from Blots:

Four clear plastic 30ml bottles with push on lids in wooden tray. The clear plastic allows you to see your nib as you dip. The tray is sanded and finished but unpolished so that it can be decorated or personalised. Approximately 3½”square x 1½” high. Provides stable containment for bottles.

How do you store your calligraphy inks?

Before using dinky dips for storgae, I was just using a selection of moisturiser storage containers that I found at Muji.


I also picked up a shot glass at Tiger, but have to be verrrrry careful because I’m a walking ink spill waiting to happen. I put it in a baking tray on the desk after my first spill (within just hours of using it!)


So, I’d love to hear about what you use for storage. Will you be moving to dinky dips to store your calligraphy ink?


Paula Comparini

Definately will get some, i use minature jam pots at the moment but over the years have found that the lid goes rusty and then you can’t store your ink, and the jars take up a lot of room on your shelves.

Amanda Adams

I bought a lot of little pots from Cornelissen. Sadly they were glass, not the plastic ones the expensive pigments come in (which would be lighter for transporting). When I distribute them among students (and when I give them mussel shells for their gouache) I also distribute a little ball of blu-tac or equivalent. If you blu-tac your bottle (or wobbly shell) to the table, or to the inside of a cigar box, it won’t tip over! Just put the lid back on before you give it that little jerk to unstick it before moving it. 🙂

Lann Niziblian

My favourite method involves a kitchen sponge, a shot glass and exacto knife.
Carefully cut a shot glass shape hole through the sponge – voilá! Very hard to knock over and any drips are often caught on the sponge. My current contraption has lasted 2 years. It’s not pretty but it works well.

    Studio Team

    That is awesome, Lann! Wanna share a pic?? Would love to see that.

      Studio Team

      Oh gosh, Lann. There’s so much to love about this picture! First – what great composition and lighting. Are you sure you’re in the UK? LOL. It’s always so dreary when I want to take a pic ;). Also, would you just look at that stamp holder. Totally need to get me something so cool. And, lastly, wicked shot glass for your ink. May I share this pic elsewhere (and credit you of course!). Lann's ink storage shot glass in a sponge

      Studio Team

      Well, not lastly. There’s also the stunningly turned wooden holder, and the oh so restful glasses.

      Lann Niziblian

      Wow! Too kind! I struggle with photography usually – this day was uncharacteristically clear for Wales.
      Most of the gear is from a flea market except the century holder from John Neal.
      Share as much as you want x

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