What Is Inktober

What Is Inktober

 Tuesday 28 September 2021  -   Sandra M

'31 days, 31 drawings'

Inktober is a drawing challenge where you have to create an ink drawing everyday throughout October & share it on social media.

Who Came Up With The Idea Of Inktober?

Artist Jake Parker wanted to improve his ink skills and develop good drawing habits - we all know how easy it is to stop drawing! You put down that pencil and before you know it, months have gone by! So, he came up with the idea of doing 1 ink drawing per day for the entire month of October. He then posted each one on Instagram which started the Inktober trend!

What Are The Rules Of Inktober?

The basic rules of Inktober are:

  1. Make a drawing using ink.
  2. Post it online. We recommend Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc...
  3. Make sure you use the hashtags #inktober #inktober2021 with your drawing so that other artists can easily find and see your ink drawings.
  4. Repeat each day throughout October.

The rules are fairly relaxed. After all, art is all about being creative! The main thing is that you draw daily. It's all about consistency. Try to make good drawing habits. You can ink digitally if you prefer, or it can be a piece of lettering, calligraphy, typography... Or a story or poem. As long as you're creating a mark, it's all about unleashing your creativity on a daily basis.

You can use a range or media, including marker pens and watercolours, but keep it simple. After all, you are going to have to create a drawing a day! Try and limit yourself to white paper, black ink and one colour. Simplicity is key!

Inktober 2021 Official Prompt List:


If you're a bit stuck on what to draw, the last couple of Inktober years has seen a Official Inktober 2021 Prompt List created by Jake Parker. You can follow the Inktober 2021 Prompt List to spark off your imagination, or you can just create your own thing.

If using the Prompt List, it is a good idea to include the relevant hashtag. For example, on day 1 you would use #day1 #crystal. 

Get Some Inspiration From Pullingers

Follow us on Instagram to see what Pullingers staff member and artist Sophie Knight creates for Inktober 2021.

The Best Art Supplies For Inktober:


You will need to make sure that you have a good supply of pens, ink and paper if you are going to take up the Inktober 2021 challenge. One of our favourite Sketchbooks has to be the Octopus Sketchbook by Seawhite. A5 in size, it has 8 extending concertina arms with 4 paper sheets on each arm that fold up. This allows the artist to create small pieces or larger artwork that expands across the 4 folded up sheets. With a high quality 220gsm cartridge paper, it is suitable for all media, including pen and ink. Or, the Royal Talens Art Creation Sketchbooks are ideal for a quick inky sketch on the go! They are great value and contain 80 sheets of 140gsm paper for pencil, charcoal, pastel, pen and ink, watercolour or acrylic.

            :Sketchbook For Inktober

When it comes to ink, there is a lot of choice! We love Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks because the colours are fluid and vibrant. These transparent inks are available in 26 colours and can be used with a brush, airbrush or dip pen.

            :Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks

Or, if you prefer acrylic inks then Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Inks are a good choice or for a more opaque ink, try System 3 Acrylic Inks.

For a liquid watercolour ink that produces watercolour effects, you might like Ecoline Inks. There are also a range of Ecoline Brush Pens which work great with the Inks.

Every artist needs a good fineliner! The Winsor & Newton Black Fineliners, Pentel Pointliners and Sakura Pigma Micron Fineliner Pens are all good choices for your Inktober drawings. Available in a range of nib sizes, these fineliners are waterproof, permanent, fade proof and will not bleed. I you want to know more about choosing the right fineliner pen for you, then take a look at our review on the best fineliner pens!

            :Winsor & Newton Black Fineliner Pens

If you want to create funky, bright, inky doodles, then you will love Zebra Sarasa Clip Gel Pens. With a choice of 30 vibrant and pastel colours and a 0.5mm nib, they are a creative persons dream.

So, what are you waiting for?! Just pick up a pen and some ink and start doodling and sharing from the 1st October.

Share your Inktober drawings with us by tagging us in your pictures #Pullingers or @Pullingers on TwitterFacebook or Instagram.

Make sure you follow Pullingers Instagram to see what our staff create for Inktober 2021!

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