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Sheen Vs. Shading

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#1 CharlieAndrews



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Posted 25 July 2017 - 20:08

Hey y'all!


I just recently acquired a bottle of Robert Oster Blue Water Ice from Pen Chalet, nicely priced too. I was interested in such a pretty blue ink, and was surprised when I used it and there were hints of red on the edges when it dried! After some research I discovered that there's a whole world of inks out there that "Sheen" and "Shade". Now, I know that those are two different things completely, and that shimmer is also a separate entity of its own, but I came here to ask y'all what you think. Which do y'all prefer? Sheen? Or Shading?

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 01:14

Both as well as Shimmer! Sorry, but metallic finishes have always been a magnet for me. So it is with inks ........

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 01:57

I'm a shading fan.


Sheen tends to distract me, especially with juicy nibs. Often I catch myself thinking the ink is still wet (even if it's days later). 


Shimmer I want nothing to do with. But I'm not a sparkle person to begin with. 

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 01:59

Sheen all the way!!!! But I'll take an ink with both! I love to look of shimmer but in too afraid to use it in my Viscontis :(

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 02:28

I love shading, find sheen intriguing, and have no interest in shimmer.

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 03:03

It seems you are asking our preference of either sheening, shading or shimmer. 


I like both sheening and shading.  Of those two I prefer inks that shade.  


I do not like shimmery, metallic inks.  I have tried several and just don't care for them.  I believe they are made for a special kind of person, of which I am not. 

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 03:37

No preference really. I use & enjoy both inks that shade & those that sheen. I like seeing other what other folks do with shimmering inks, but when I pull out my Emerald of Chivor, I do glitter-free fills.

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 05:44

I somehow have in my head the association that sheeny inks are likely to smear, while shading inks don't. Perhaps I'm wrong, but for that reason alone, at this point in time (subject to change) I prefer shading inks.

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 06:39

Both! But since I use fine nibs and not-so-quality paper I don't see much sheen except for some inks. I love shading, especially when it's...dramatic :)

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 07:49

I like both sheen and/or shading. Some regular dyes used to make ink also naturally provide sheen.


Shimmer is different.


I use them all but I usually restrict shimmer inks to C/C filling pens for easy cleaning.  :)

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 08:32

I prefer shading. Sheen is nice too, but it can get a bit distracting in some cases. Sometimes I'd rather have no shading/sheen.

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 11:46

I prefer shading. And don't wan't to have anything to do with shimmer.





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Posted 26 July 2017 - 12:00

Depends on the job I'm doing, signing legal documents with a shimmering ink might not go down well at work, looks good on birthday cards.

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 12:03

I like throwing one of each ink type in my letters. With a heavy lean towards sheen...😎

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 16:53

I like all three.
Messing about with pens and ink is fun after all.

If I had to choose, I'd probably go "shading".


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Posted 26 July 2017 - 17:23

In order:
Regular (does neither)

This is in general however and depends on situation. For general use "regular" is at the top. Others mood or situation dependent.

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 18:35

Hi Charlie, et al,

I'm a shady dude. :ninja:

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 22:06

What are your favorite inks that both sheen and shade?

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Posted 27 July 2017 - 03:31

The only shimmer ink I really like is Emerald of chivor, and that's only because of the non-shimmer properties like shading and sheen. Yama dori is close enough substitute though so emerald is mainly kept in storage except for special occasions.

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Posted 27 July 2017 - 05:18

I like shading for me. However, when I send a letter to a grandkid I want all the shimmer and sheen and whiz bang I can get. (And also Wonder Woman and shark stamps ordered today from the US Post Office!)

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