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Magic Blue: Rohrer & Klingner Salix + Sailor Jentle Sky High

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#1 RyanH

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:20

Hi all! I've been lurking on the forums for a while, but I finally decided to create an accout. This is a mixture I discovered not too long ago.

 

Salix and Sky High are two of my favorite blue inks, but they each possess a couple drawbacks that kept me from using them as much as I would like. Salix has great shading and performance, but it is quite dry and can be a bit too pale for my taste. Sky High, on the other hand, is a wonderfully vivid sky blue with a cool sheen, but its extreme wetness ruined the effect with most pen and paper combinations. So, one day I had the wild idea to mix them, 50/50, and thus was born the ink I have taken to calling "Magic Blue" for its ability to seamlessly combine the best characteristics of two very different inks. The only mediocre property I've noticed is its slow-ish (but by no means terrible) drying time. Also, the component inks may be a bit pricey and/or difficult to source for some people. US buyers can get both at a good price from iSellPens.com (no affiliation). The mixture is stable; I have kept a sample vial on my desk for almost a month, and it's still as silky-smooth as any standard ink.

 

Anyway, enough talk - here are the pictures:

 

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(note the hint of sheen the darker spots; it is much more apparent in-person)

 

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Edited by RyanH, 15 February 2014 - 01:22.


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#2 vibeinfinite

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:37

Thanks for sharing. Sailor inks are supposed to have a PH of 8, whereas Iron Galls are acid so i'm very surprised to hear this mixture is stable



#3 RyanH

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:24

Thanks for sharing. Sailor inks are supposed to have a PH of 8, whereas Iron Galls are acid so i'm very surprised to hear this mixture is stable

 

I hadn't heard of Sailor inks being so alkaline, but Salix and Scabiosa are supposedly the weakest of the current IG inks and are listed by R&K as safe for mixing (among their own inks, sans R&K Sepia). I've had pretty good success mixing them with inks from 'traditional' manufacturers. I've yet to find a stable mix with any Noodler's inks, but they tend to not mix well in general, in my experience.



#4 Masque

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 13:36

Hm. Color reminds me of Bad Blue Heron - and that is high praise. :)

What a fun mix!



#5 MisterBoll

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 15:19

Beautiful mix to a wonderful blue. Thanks for posting.



#6 RyanH

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 12:46

Hm. Color reminds me of Bad Blue Heron - and that is high praise. :)

What a fun mix!

 

I just got a sample of BBH in my last Goulet order, and I can say that the colors are very close. "Magic Blue" has slightly less saturation, more dramatic shading, and a subtle but consistently noticeable sheen in areas of darker shading. It also seems to be better behaved on bad paper.



#7 neptun

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 12:55

This seems like a nice mix. Been looking for something like this!

 

Have you perchance tried to mix Salix with other (more easily available) blue inks, say, a Diamine ink?

 

Edit: I just realised, by the comment below, that this I'm bumping a dead thread. I'm sorry about that, I have gotten so accustomed to the new ways of communication where you can't comment on things that are out of date that I have forgotten how a use an old-school forum anymore.


Edited by neptun, 04 June 2017 - 14:22.


#8 white_lotus

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 13:23

Pssst... This thread is over 3 years old. And all but one of the posters has not posted in FPN in over three years, yet it appears they have logged in.



#9 HeyNat

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 15:14

An awesome mixture! Love the color & the shading....I wonder if we could get some sheen in that ??







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