In the back of new journals, I make sure I try all inked pens on the new paper.
It is the second test I have for inks to see if they are waterproof, the first here.
I also get to see how the pen nib works on a given paper.
Above, my latest list in an A4 Hahnemühle Watercolour Journal, next to the pens
inked up; I rotate and use these pens each week through drawing and journaling.
I appreciate Goulet’s ink samples, an inexpensive way to test and compare inks to find the colors
I really love. I take the rejected samples and paint with them, using them up having fun.
I’m sorry I didn’t find samples earlier, as I have a couple of inks that are just okay; having found much prettier inks through sampling.
I’ve looked for blues and will end up with a Robert Oster eventually. I finally found a great purple, and an amazing orange, and will want those. Ink bottles are big and last a LONG time!
The beginnings of the ink book, below.
I also comment on smelly inks —
and many are. I am not fond of any of the perfumed inks I’ve tried yet except DeAtramentis Tobacco… It reminds me
of my grandparent’s ranch!
I am not a fan of the shimmer inks, last photo. I put one in a wet 1.5 stub nib pen. I twirled it, rocked it, (did a little dance with it), and I got little shimmer. They easily clog pens so you have to be meticulous in cleaning.
“Memory is more indelible than ink.”
Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
“I think not….”
Me… why I journal!
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