Hi there! It’s Andi and today I am sharing with you my experiences with Robert Oster Honey Bee ink! I enjoyed using this warm, honey-colored yellow ink, which was the perfect inspiration for my drawing. Read on to hear why I think this ink is a great, legible choice for your summer writing adventures!

Collection of writing samples and drawings using Robert Oster Honey Bee Fountain Pen ink

Drawing Inspiration and Technique

I really liked the warm yellow, almost orange, color of this ink; it was almost reminiscent of honey. This fact, plus the aptly chosen name, were all the inspiration I needed to draw a cute little honey bee. To start, I gathered inspiration from the overhead illustrations of insects laying down. This way you can see all the details of their wings or patterns on their bodies.

For the first step of my piece, I printed off a bunch of illustrations of bees (Thanks for the idea from last month’s insploration, Sarah!). I wanted to go for a mix of illustration and realism. Using the EF TWSBI Eco, I roughly sketched out the outlines of the bee’s body, including the legs, but I chose to leave out the wings. To get the effect of the wings, I instead used a brush pen and “painted” the wings on. If I were to do it again. I wouldn’t use as much ink so that I would get a lighter shade of wing.

Then it was all about the bees fuzz. Didn’t really think about it till drawing this image but bees are actually covered in hair, so small stroke lines all over helped me get the effect of their fur.  I used the TWSBI Eco 1.1mm stub nib to draw the hair. For the areas that I wanted a little darker, I went back and layered more ink on top. I also needed to get the signature yellow stripe, so to do this I colored that space in with the brush pen, followed by small strokes with the TWSBI Eco EF nib since I didn’t want it to be too dark.

Ink Review

  • Flow- Medium
    • This ink had a medium flow.
    • It’s wet but not so wet that you wouldn’t be able to journal.
  • Dry Time- 30+ Seconds
    •  it takes over 30 seconds to dry but I wouldn’t say over a minute to dry.
    • If you had a finer nib, it wouldn’t take as long to dry.
  • Water Resistance- Low
    • The water basically took all the ink away during the drip test.
    • Using the wet swab, it took the entire ink up or pushed it to the side leaving a tiny bit of colored residue.
  • Shading- Medium
    • That is some variation in the color when writing.
    • I would let the ink dry for a bit and then add more layers on if you want a darker shade
  • How did the ink behave on other papers?
    • The ink performs well on all types of paper.
  • Special Features Worth Noting?
    • I really liked the warm yellow color, almost orange
    • almost reminiscent of honey (probably why they picked the name Honey Bee)

Comparable Inks

If you’d like to try other inks in this color range, be sure to check out the suggestions below:

  • Diamine Sepia– More of a brownish hue to it but nice a wet flowing
  • Kyo-No-Oto Yamabukiiro (no longer available)- On the drier end of the flow range, but similar in color
  • Noodler’s Overlord Orange– Very bright!, also fun and cheery

Thanks for joining me for another round of Inksploration. Don’t miss your chance to win a bottle of this sweet ink and a TWSBI ECO too! Check back at the end of the month.

Write On,