J HERBIN’S ROUGE OPERA
J Herbin’s Rouge Opera. Bottled ink. 30 ml. 695 Rs. Bought from Pen’s Avenue, a good resource for imported inks in India.
Bottle - As usual, simple design, stable square bottom, functional.
As with all J herbin’s inks, here also a theme is there - a Red fan ( or is it so?)
So, what’s the connection between this ink and a fan? Indicates fast drying property of the ink? Or my imagination going very wild? Any way I have to say this as the very impotant property of the ink, compared to other J Herbin’s products.
See that color, some thing in between real Red and Rose, with no trace of Yellow involved. What lacks here is that brightness or sheen. Though color is not very impressive, there are also no “ hate fators” involved here.
COLOR ON A GUAZE
SWAB TO ANALYZE…
The component colors are more Red, least Green and Blue in between. More and more Red..
See the color wheel, it’s in between Pink and Red, but more towards Red. I think I would like this color more if that darkness involved is little lesser and brightness is little more.
FROM RIGHT TO LEFT- DILUTED IN WATER WITH INCREASING CONCENTRATIONS.
ONE BASIC LINE WITH TWO PASSES.
Can you see a trend here? The color of the ink does not change as expected with number of passes increases. See the diluted samples also. The last two samples though differ in concentrations, have more or less the same color. It seems that the dye used in this ink exhibits a phenomenon called as “Ceiling effect”, that is after some particular concentration, the color of the dye do not change dramatically.
ONE MORE “PASSES” SAMPLE.
( Regarding dyes, some dyes have the property of showing up different shades of colors or different colors at different concentrations. For example, the die used for making Turquoise blue exhibits Greenish Blue Black color at higher concentrations. Some dyes do not show up even another shade of same color)
See that this property is certainly not desirable for artists who want to get different shade having more depth, by drawing over and over. For Writers, this does n’t matter.
COLOR ON PAPER
WITH FINE NIB
WITH MEDIUM NIB
WIH BROAD NIB
PROPERTIES IN PEN
WITH CAMLIN TRINITY FINE NIB
WITH LAMY MEDIUM NIB
WITH KIM CI NIB
COMPARED TO TWO OTHER WELL FLOWING INKS, CHELPARK CRIMSON VIOLET AND BRIL TURQUOISE BLUE. Same pens with fine nib, same paper. No noticeable difference in flow was found. The thickness of lines got are comparable.
Same inks again compared, same paper. But this time Medium stub nib used. See that rouge Opera writes thinner when compared to other well flowing inks.
DIRECTLY COMPARED TO THE MOST WELL FLOWING INK, BRIL TURQOIUSE BLUE.
The ink have a reasonable flow in most of the pens, and the dry nature may get un noticed, till one tries a pen with a drier flow.
I was comfortable with this ink, till I started using a Wing sung, which had comparatively lesser flow- But I was using Wingsung with many inks earlier. I would like to see some more flow to this ink, instead of trying to increase the flow of pen.
So I consider this as a moderatly flowing ink, having Medium saturation( There is no point in increasing saturation), and lubrication also on moderate side- especially in drier pens, when flow reduces nib shows its tooth out.
SEE THAT FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES THIS IS NOT A DRY WRITING INK.
The ink is well behaved in almost all pens , except when flow is low. It can be attributed as problem of pen also. Otherwise there are no compatibility problems in a variety of eye droppers, piston fillers and c/c used. Also no ink staining, no nib creeps. Nothing to complain.
PROPERTIES ON PAPER
What’s Bad on pen is Good on paper.
Probably a very important property of this ink. Dries in less than 5 seconds in most of the papers and probably in 1 or 2 seconds in some papers. Very impressive.
A SMOOTH SMUDGABILITY ( Am I using the word correct) will be well appreciated by Artists.
This is another good point about this ink. NO FEATHERING IN ALMOST ALL PAPER S- Even lowest quality papers!
This is a very very cheap paper- even in this paper only a little ghosting only seen. Not a problem with average quality papers.
There is no shading.
Shown under flowing water for 10 seconds in 1 hr after writing.
Sample just wetted with water.
There is NO WATER RESISTANCE.
Edited by S-K, 05 September 2014 - 17:59.