I am not a gold gurl (silver is my jam),
not even a glitter gurl (well, sometimes…)…
BUT I am loving Robert Oster’s line of shimmery golden inks.
This review is for Robert Oster Shake N Shimmy Heart of Gold!
(Shown above with and without flash so you can see the glitteries!)
I own Robert Oster Shake & Shimmer Aussie Liquid Gold ink
(which I reviewed earlier),
and also want Shake & Shimmer Grün Gilt ink.
It is all you expect from Robert Oster inks —
well behaved, doesn’t feather, nice flow and even dries in a medium time!
I find that if I store the pens laying flat the inks do not clog the pens:
Occasionally I take a bit of pliable plastic and floss the nib/feed connection,
or flush that area. So far my pens accept this ink.
Remember that others review these inks just for writing;
I am also interested in how they are used for ink-painting!
There are lovely colors that emanate from this shimmery ink
when it is hit with water (top and below)…
Very different from the Aussie Liquid Gold which stayed in the yellow-gold ranges.
This exposed deep burnt charcoal grey with touches of turquoise and green!
The paper towel test
shows how many colors
lay in this burnished gold…
When the edge is touched with water it moves easily
into the range of fall colors!
The gold floats on top
Looking at watercolor comparisons, below, I offer Daniel Smith’s Monte Amonte Sienna, Burnt Umber, Indian Yellow, Sap Green, and Green Gold; Blick’s Sepia; and Holbein’s Quinacridone Gold.
The pigments fall into in the following Munsell ranges:
PO48, PY150; PO48, PY150; PY108, PG7, PO49; and PG36, PY150, PY3.
*For more info on the munsell system, go to this page. Knowing the pigments can
help you not to duplicate watercolors made of the same pigments.*
*Above, watercolors, from Daniel Smith and Holbein.*
Above, a fossilized shell painted on Hahnemühle Watercolour Journal
paper using a Pentel Aquash waterbrush;
a dip pen was used to highlight some of the edges of the fossilized shell.
Friends of mine quickly sketched on Hahnemühle Cappuccino Sketchbook
with a Jinhao pen with a stub nib, and Pentel Aquash waterbrushes.
The Cappuccino paper is really not meant for watercolor,
but showed the shimmer ink surprisingly well.
RO is experimenting and testing lightfast properties
but this ink is not listed as such…
MOST water soluble ink companies do not pay attention
to these things because most artists who use ink
are making prints of their work to sell.
His inks are non-toxic.
I have more Robert Oster inks than any other brand. Why? Because no other brand has the complex and spectacular mix of pigments within a color, which gives even his simplest inks such beauty to with which to sketch and paint that it is a shame to waste them on writing!
His bottles are not the most beautiful, but I am happy
they are environmentally friendly bottles, created
from recycled chemical waste! This matters to me;
I started with fountain pens to stop the plastic pen trash.
I can get the fattest pen into them to refill on the go.
Yes, they are a bit tippy. I don’t care. Robert Oster does not use boxes. As mine all go into the trash, I am happy not to cut down a tree for a box around a bottle!
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