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#1 ThePenGnome

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 10:16

Hello!

 

I've been doing a lot of correcting lately. Awards, personnel actions, command memos, policies, all the things. While I wouldn't necessarily think of this as a fountain pen job, the only pen I had with a fine enough point and a colored ink that I thought was visible was one of my Pilot Petit1's (green). 

 

This got me thinking, and ordering samples of an array of colors to try out for testing.

 

I tend to prefer not-red for corrections as red seems to spawn visceral hackle raising, so mostly I'm looking at turquoise blues and greens, though I'm not wedded to that.

 

Requirements, for me, for a correcting ink are that the color is bright and easy to see against black printed text, even if it's just a little comma. It has to not bleed terribly on decent but not fancy printer paper (laser). 

 

The generic Pilot green does well but is a little pale and feathers a little. Right now I'm working with Noodler's Gruene Cactus Eel, which I like better, but the "eel-ness" means it dries pretty slowly (something I hadn't even thought about until I used it). 

 

What inks do you like using for corrections? I'm thinking of trying J Herbin Vert Pre or Diamine Kelly Green next.



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Posted 22 April 2015 - 10:58

Diamine's Apple Glory, Kelly Green, ...


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#3 dan in montreal

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 11:47

Waterman South Seas Blue (it's now Inspired Blue) is nice and is well behaved.  Perhaps it is too blue for your purposes though. 



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Posted 22 April 2015 - 12:56

I use Kon-peki for amending, annotating printed material. It's bright and stands out against the black text, but I find it comfortable to read. I'm not fond of reds either, as I don't find them comfortable to read. I've never had much of an affinity for greens.


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Posted 22 April 2015 - 12:57

Hi,

 

I for one prefer Red to indicate errors, and some other colour to serve as 'proof reader' mark-up.

 

Working with one colour for both purposes, especially from a narrow nib, (Estie 1550 EF), needs an ink with a fair bit of zip

 

I've used

- Lime Green, blended from Noodler's Firefly + Lamy Green

- Waterman's 'Tender Purple' - rescued from Mixing Corral limbo

- Noodler's 'Navajo Turquoise' at about 80% concentration.

 

Regardless of the colour chosen, I suggest adjusting the Value (light - dark) so as to get the right amount of zip on the page, which will vary with the paper absorbency and the pen wetness: too light it might be overlooked; too dark it might not separate enough from what's printed.

 

Also, for small character corrections, such as punctuation, I either circle the correction or draw an arrow in the margin to indicate the line/s with such corrections.

 

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 13:37

Gruene Cactus Eel is a great ink, but like many other saturated inks, it will take forever to dry, even becoming sticky, if you leave it in the pen too long. I would rinse the nib, dry it, an expel a drop at the beginning of each day. That should help.


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Posted 22 April 2015 - 16:37

Chiku Rin and Ama Iro come to mind, as well as Edelstein Mandarin... With the latter your corrections might get seared into their minds though...


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Posted 22 April 2015 - 20:49

One of the problems is for small corrections; commas, periods, etc. if the ink is not really visible, you will not see those small marks.  So you also need a medium to medium/dry pen, as a wet pen will make the ink dark and you start to loose the color.  You may also have to make the small corrections LARGER, so that it is more visible.

 

Diamine Ultra Green

Diamine Kelly Green, but to me it isn't kelly green as I know that color.

PR Spearmint

Pelikan Green

 

Sheaffer Skrip turquoise

 

Diamine Orange

PR Orange Crush

 

Noodler's Dragon's Napalm


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Posted 22 April 2015 - 22:36

An easy way to alert a reader to a small correction that might be missed is to draw a curved line from the point of correction out to the margin.


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Posted 22 April 2015 - 23:09

Diamine's Apple Glory, Kelly Green, ...

I have a sample of the Diamine Kelly Green to try! I'll bump it up the list!



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Posted 22 April 2015 - 23:10

An easy way to alert a reader to a small correction that might be missed is to draw a curved line from the point of correction out to the margin.

Yeah, I try to do that, or put a mark in the margin (they do that on some of the digital track change systems).

 

It's also possible this is an excuse to inject some color into a system where otherwise my options are black, black, and... black. Absolutely no blue, even. 



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Posted 22 April 2015 - 23:12

I used 1 part Diamine Kelly Green to 1 part Diamine Sherwood Green for corrections. I love the colour personally. It's like Diamine Ultra Green with more shading.

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 23:13

One of the problems is for small corrections; commas, periods, etc. if the ink is not really visible, you will not see those small marks.  So you also need a medium to medium/dry pen, as a wet pen will make the ink dark and you start to loose the color.  You may also have to make the small corrections LARGER, so that it is more visible.

 

Diamine Ultra Green

Diamine Kelly Green, but to me it isn't kelly green as I know that color.

PR Spearmint

Pelikan Green

 

Sheaffer Skrip turquoise

 

Diamine Orange

PR Orange Crush

 

Noodler's Dragon's Napalm

 

A good point. I mostly use the Petit1 (fine) or since I've re-inked it, my Cavalier which lets me write very small so I can wedge corrections between lines. The Pelikan is on my list, I'll have to pick that one up. I think I have some Dragon's Napalm around. 

 

The Gruene Cactus Eel is nice, but tends to shade a little dark often. It's good for my notes though.



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Posted 22 April 2015 - 23:14

Chiku Rin and Ama Iro come to mind, as well as Edelstein Mandarin... With the latter your corrections might get seared into their minds though...

I also can't ever complain about an excuse to buy more Iroshizuku inks. Love the colors. Hrm... seared into their minds... maybe I should pen SOPs in that!



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Posted 22 April 2015 - 23:15

Waterman South Seas Blue (it's now Inspired Blue) is nice and is well behaved.  Perhaps it is too blue for your purposes though. 

Sure is pretty, though!



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Posted 22 April 2015 - 23:16

Hi,

 

I for one prefer Red to indicate errors, and some other colour to serve as 'proof reader' mark-up.

 

 

 That's a good idea! Right now I'm doing mostly corrections/grammar/etc. But I do do some content stuff. An excuse to use another color would be nice! And provide differentiation.



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Posted 23 April 2015 - 03:06

 

 That's a good idea! Right now I'm doing mostly corrections/grammar/etc. But I do do some content stuff. An excuse to use another color would be nice! And provide differentiation.

 

When you use multiple colors, you need to keep real clear what each color is for, so you and your reader do not get mixed up and confused.

I've gotten myself mixed up when I used multiple colored highlighters to highlight my text books in college.


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Posted 23 April 2015 - 03:08

I'll go check with my wife about proof marks for the small stuff; commas, periods, etc.

She used to proof my newsletters, when I wrote them, and not one page did NOT have green marks on them.


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Posted 23 April 2015 - 07:19

I prefer R&K Alt-goldgrün for marking.



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Posted 23 April 2015 - 07:32

I'm going to go out on a limb here. I highly recommend Private Reserve Plum! It is a very interesting ink that behaves very well.

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