I was after a sort of a red/black but the pictures of Noodler's looks a little boring and overly heavy in the black aspect when writing, so I decided to make my own. I have managed to create what I was after by mixing the following samples I had lying around (only wee tiny bits that I haven't used but would struggle to get it into a pen but it's amazing what it all adds up to). I have about 15-20ml of ink, so it's not a huge amount, but will likely keep me happy for a while. The inks I mixed are the following:
Noodler's Ottoman Rose
Seitz Dark Orchid
Noodler's Park Red
De Atramentis Red Rose
J Herbin Bouquet D'artan
Caran D'Ache Shocking Pink
J Herbin Violet Pervenche
x2 unlabelled deep red inks
As you can see I used a foolproof scientific method of pouring it into a single jar and swirling it around to see if I died of a noxious gas inhalation. I kept doing this until I either fell unconscious or got a red/black ink.
Now my question is this.....have I created something that has the potential to:
a. melt a pen, sack and the table top it rests on?
b. make me ill from noxious chemical inhalation?
c. kill me in my sleep after it gains sentient life and crawls out of the bottle?
So far its behaviour is good, no feathering, bleed or significant show through. It has a fast to medium dry time and - to me at least - it looks good. If I get a chance I can post pics later, but first I need to know am I gonna die and is my pen going to fuse to my hand.