My mother bought me a beautiful bottle of Iroshizuku Shin-Ryoku for Christmas, and while I love the color (a very vibrant green), it just wasn’t getting much use because vibrant colors don’t have a good place in my academic writing. Plus, it’s not at all water resistant. So, I decided to try mixing it with a bit of Noodler’s Heart of Darkness, and this is what emerged:
It’s a 4:1 mix of green/black and the result is a dark green that exhibits lots of shading, a pretty wet flow, and reasonably fast dry times. Oh, and water resistance!
That’s the result of a thorough soaking. The green spreads a bit depending on the paper (how absorbent/coated it is) but the black component is still perfectly readable.
I’ve been using this ink for a few weeks now on my homework and lately in my Seven Seas journaland it is behaving wonderfully. I do find that sometimes I get bits of writing that are lighter than others, but this is usually alleviated by inverting the pen to make sure the ink inside is well mixed.
Paper used is M by Staples arc refill, and all opinions expressed above are completely my own. :-)