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So, You Want Shading, Do You?


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#1 Masque

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 05:22

I seem to have here some Black Swan in... uhhh... Icelandic... ummm... something blue. Minty bathwater?

 

Dry time is good, waterproof beyond reasonability for the color, and oh, at least on Rhodia and Clairefontaine, that shading...

 

Still working on this one, but it's coming along nicely enough that I'd share it as a preview. Shown here on Rhodia.

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#2 Llewro

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 05:24

Wow. That's awfully pretty, Masque. Let us know how it turns out! When you wash the nib, is there any residue left on the metal?


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 14:59

WOW!  Please let me know what that mix is.  I'd love to give it a try!



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 15:46

Yeah, I can see a teeny bit of shading going on there... :lol:  :yikes:  Looking forward to the recipe.


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 16:08

I want to make sure it's stable, and that the shading doesn't vanish as the ink gets to know itself; I'm going to cook up another batch tonight and let it sit for a couple of weeks.

 

I could probably send out a sample or two, in the meantime.



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 17:47

That looks great!  Certainly a recipe I'd love to try!



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 03:25

Looking forward to trying this blend out. Looks great.



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 10:47

That's really beautiful shading!



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 12:03

Super nice!



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 21:22

Looks like a turquoise-black rather than blue-black :)



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 08:22

Beautiful! I love it.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 00:13

That looks amazing.  So, is the mix still under wraps? 


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 02:28

Oh! Lovely enough to take my breath away. Reminds me a bit of Pharmacist's Turkish Night, only...hmm..."riper".

 

Looking forward to reading more about your findings!


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 02:39

Well.... what is it, besides really pretty!


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#15 Masque

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 05:26

Batch two was inexplicably darker, and I gave it away. Batch three goes into testing this weekend...



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 22:58

Would you pretty please share the recipe? Or at least another hint? The suspense is killing me...



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Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:18

That looks great! I'm curious to hear what the recipe is! I'll surely be trying this one out myself...



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 22:49

It's been almost 3 months since the last post, and I'm hoping the tests were a success. Has anyone heard what the outcome was? Or what the recipe might be?



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 16:54

Gosh. Has it been that long? I need to get back to this. Will try to do so shortly. Batch 5 seemed pretty much spot-on.



#20 Masque

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 22:19

Okay. Here's today's run. I think I've (finally) gotten back to the original, after ... not ... quite getting back to the original for the next few batches.

 

Click either image to load the (ridiculous) original size image. These were done on HP 32lb paper, because... that's what I grabbed. I wrote a bit on Office Depot sugarcane legal (letter) pad paper as well, and it looks essentially identical. This is, to me, the most interesting property of this ink, as that paper is quite absorbent, whereas the HP is quite not, and yet they shade similarly. Hm.

 

Quick not-really-a-review-but-needed-to-write-with-it image, which makes it look a bit darker than it perhaps really is:

 

batch_6_small.jpg

 

Close-up:

 

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I might reach out to a couple of you - I'd be interested in a second opinion / review before I send it off for genuine consideration by the masses. (Personally I don't much like it when I mix something I love, only later to find out that it has some major flaw I've overlooked, such as insane feathering on common paper, or the tendency to catch fire when exposed to free writing, or sudden tentacles appearing at night and feeding on prior pages...)

 

Thanks all,

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