Got the blues….
A bottle of (shimmering)
PenBBS #103 Hyacinth Macaw ink leaked…
It replicates the color of the
beautiful hyacinth macaws perfectly!
This glittering ink is Mitchell’s!
(Image by Hank Gillette in Wikipedia**.)
Got me thinking about my blue inks.
I buy a lot of blue ink: the color of the ocean,
home home home. I miss seeing the vast blue that goes forever, in all its variation.
And I bought a new blue, a true blue,
my favorite ink-mixer,
Robert Oster True Blue ink.
Some of the blues above are samples — which I rarely buy anymore — and only if I have never tried the brand.
Too much plastic waste.
And I can tell if I am going to love an ink now… Dead
center is my new Robert Oster True Blue ink: delicious, heavenly, wonderful, sheening, all blue with no surprises. I love blues that move into other colors
when I am painting with them, but then there
are those pure clear
saturation of pigment!
I have three favorite
perfect blues now: Robert Oster True Blue ink (right and above), Diamine Blue Velvet ink (below), and Monteverde Horizon Blue ink (below). Notice True Blue ink has almost no other color in the separation, right, whereas Diamine Blue Velvet ink, and Monteverde Horizon Blue ink, and Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao ink (all below) feather out into purple and pink. And as Diamine and Monteverde have wonderfully viscosity,
I will buy them again, while the Asa-Gao, not so much.
**I found a great page of images that are reference, in the public domain.
Thanks to Hank Gillette and others who offer their images for reuse.
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Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook, PenBBS with Robert Oster True Blue ink,
Diamine Blue Velvet ink, Monteverde Horizon Blue ink, Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao ink<
PenBBS #103 Hyacinth Macaw ink.
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