Blackstone Ink from Just Write in Australia recently released a set of Scents of Australia inks. These inks compliment the older Colours Of Australia lineup. Two of the inks from each set are blue (or are at least called blue) and I wanted to see how they compared to each other. Barrier Reef Blue is one of my favourite sheening inks and Sydney Harbour does pretty well for it self as well.Read More
Reader, Alex, asked me to compare Diamine’s Oxford Blue to some other related dark blue Diamine inks so I’ve done just that! I have interpreted this not in terms of Diamine’s Blue-Black inks but in terms of their darker rich blues. This means that I have skipped the much darker blues such as the 150th Anniversary 1864 Blue Black, Blue Black, and Midnigt. I have also tried to not include lighter inks such as Blue Velvet or Asa Blue, and I’ve also skipped the low saturation Denim and the much more purple Imperial Blue. The inks in this comparison are Tchakovsky, from the Music set; Tudor Blue, from the second 150th Anniversary set; Majestic Blue; Oxford Blue; Lapis Blue, a Philippines exclusive; Regency Blue, from the first 150th Anniversary set; Sargasso Sea; and Blue Pearl, Blue Flame and Shimmering Seas, all from the Shimmertastic series. I’ll admit it’s a little arbitrary, but I believe these inks are an interesting comparison.Read More
The Reserve Bank of Australia is releasing a new $10 note on the 20th of September this year. Featured on this note is a couple of fountain pen nibs to represent the fact that the people featured on the note both wrote. There was a suggestion somewhere that an ink should be made to commemorate the inks and so I semi-seriously prompted Rob to make said ink. Recently he released the inkArt Australian Ten Dollar Note Colour Pack. This pack is listed as a 2-pack of Blue and Green but comes with a Teal as a bonus colour. The bottles are 15ml and, I should stress, do not cost $10; they are just commemorating the new $10 note!Read More
In November last year I did a comparison of Parker Penman Sapphire an ink that a few other ink makers had either tried to copy or drew inspiration from. Parker Penman Emerald only has Bungubox Norwegian Wood (or Bungubox Emerald) that drew inspiration from it. Penman Emerald is the perfect green for me. I'm not a huge fan of greens in general (and generally avoid greens that lean blue) and this is the perfect, for me, balance of yellow and blue; it's slightly on the yellow side. It's got some sheen and shading which are other characteristics I am drawn to. Like the rest of the Parker Penman ink series, it was discontinued in 2000 which is around 17 years ago as of this comparison.
To avoid confusion, although Bungubox Emerald is probably the inks most well-known name I will be using its alternate name 'Norwegian Wood' to distinguish it from Parker Penman EmeraldRead More