The Platinum music nib remains my favorite pen after more than two years of use. This sample of ten colorful inks shows how well the nib works with whatever I toss in it even on cheap paper.
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While doing ink research spurred by a shipment of samples from Goulet Pens, it became evident that turquoise is produced in a very narrow range.
From left to right, Noodler’s Navajo Turquoise, Waterman Inspired Blue, Diamine Havasu Turquoise, De Atramentis Adular Blue, J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche, Lamy Turquoise, Sheaffer Turquoise, Rohrer & Klingner Blu Mare, Platinum Aqua Blue.
After that revelation, I was curious to see how many other inks in my collection were similar enough to be mistaken one for another. There were more than a few colors that turned out to be virtual twins. To make things more interesting, swatches might look identical, but written words quite different. Four examples of similar colors though the photo does not show just how well they match.
Which does make me wonder why we collect so many inks. Not that I’m complaining, but when is enough enough or can one never have too much?
After days of tinkering, the bead inspired palette has come together in two forms. The watercolor version was easier to assemble because adding more water makes getting a close match simple. The ink version took forever as my collection lacks some of the colors that would work best. If I were to put together a palette from a single ink maker, it would be J. Herbin. Their softer colors suit the true colors of the beads quite well.
Caveat regarding the images. The ink photo lacks the vibrancy and clear colors of the swatches on my desk. Look elsewhere for better accuracy.
Usually by June, my tools get pared to a minimum. This year things have gone the other direction.
Instead of a limited three to five ink selection, my rotation is getting a color infusion. For inspiration, there is a swatch on my desk to remind me what is on hand. It isn’t a watercolor palette, but it has the same come play with me effect.
- Sailor Jentle Peach Pink
- Noodler’s Purple Martin
- Diamine Emerald
- J. Herbin Ambre de Birmaniestil
- Diamine Teal
- Waterman Blue-Black
- Noodler’s Kiowa Pecan
- Sailor Jentle Nioi-sumire
- J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage
- Diamine Aqua Blue
- Iroshizuku fuyu-syogun
- Noodler’s Lexington Gray
Elaine from Jet Pens sent a bottle of Sailor Four Seasons Nioi-sumire (Sweet Violet) and Karen at Exaclair has promised bottles of two J. Herbin inks so my rotation will be changing in short order. Now to find an empty, italic pen for some doodling in my Stillman & Birn sketchbook.
Along with modifying my ink rotation, summer is a good time for some colorful experimentation with my watercolor palette. Starting with a dozen basic paints, I added another dozen that I seldom use. That leaves a few empty slots for new acquisitions. My choices are brighter than usual and painting with them will provide a good challenge for the next few months. Even so, I included a modifier, Neutral Tint, just in case a color shouts a bit too loudly.
Certainly a palette needs to be functional, but it can also benefit from visual appeal. This Kremer is a good example of that. The beautiful arrangement encourages playful interaction.
A girl’s gotta have fun you know and what better way than color infused days. Love you guys, but the muse is calling. See ya later!
Noodler’s Navy has been around for ages, but I only acquired a sample recently. The color is in my favorite green-blue range, so that makes it a keeper and since it’s Noodler’s, good value as well.
Navy has good flow and coverage, though it isn’t especially lubricating. It is slow to dry so a leftie might not love it. A small amount of distilled water could speed things up, but that’s not a certainty. Oddly all of the inks I have tested in this color family dry more slowly than I would prefer, but wide nibs do tend to lay down a generous swath. It’s a hazard, but a blotter makes it a small issue.
Did I mention it has shading? Lots of it on Rhodia, but less so in my Apica 6A10 journal which has more absorbent paper. Some inks shade on everything, but Navy doesn’t seem to be one of them.
The color is very similar to Iroshizuku tsuki-yo but darker. Of the six in the sample, Noodler’s Navy might be the best for general use considering the cost and pleasing color. Hard to go wrong with this one.
Warmer weather always brightens my ink rotation. Orange, pink, and a paler shade of green add some fun to the hold-overs from early spring.
In addition, Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa is getting a run in the Namiki Falcon SB fire hose. So far – so good with that test. It’s a muted gray-purple that suits clouds more than unrelenting sunshine, but if it tames the beast, it will be a good choice.
- Kyoto Levenger True Writer custom stub with Diamine Dark Brown
- Clementine Retro 51 Scriptmaster II fine with Iroshizuku fuyu-gaki
- Lamy AL-Star custom fine italic with Iroshizuku tsutsuji
- Montblanc 220 OB with Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses
- Namiki Falcon SB with Rohrer & Klinger Scabiosa
- Namiki Falcon SF with Diamine Violet
- Waterman Deluxe Carene Stub with Iroshizuku asa-gao
- Platinum Century B Chartres Blue with Diamine China Blue
- Platinum #3776 music nib with Diamine Mediterranean Blue
- Namiki Falcon SF with Diamine Kelly Green