Nemosine – Aeolis Palus Red
The new(ish) Nemosine inks looked reasonably priced (I paid around $10/35mL), came in attractive bottles, and had neat space-themed names, so I decided to try them out. So far, the two inks I bought (this one and Alpha Centauri purple) have performed quite well, with nothing for me to complain about. Overall I’m pretty impressed with the whole package, and will probably look into the other colors to see if there are any that interest me (the orange seems nice…). At this point in time, they have a relatively limited range of colors—10 in total, with 2 of them being glitter inks, which aren’t really my taste. A review of Alpha Centauri should be following this one somewhat shortly.
This ink is a well-saturated medium red. (Edit: realized "well" saturated isn't very a helpful description. Should be: moderately, but not highly saturated.) The color is strong, but not extremely bright—it’s not really one of those pop-off-the-page reds. I would categorize this as a "true" red, not leaning very far towards either orange or pink. That being said, it is a touch more on the orange side. There is some attractive shading in the writing, and when pooled (including flex writing), the ink forms a nice dark “halo” that looks like a black outline. This pooled ink reflects light (white/silver) but I wouldn’t call it sheen. Neither the halo nor the pseudo-sheen is visible in regular writing. All in all, my only minor complaint is the naming. The ink is named after a region of Mars, and even though Mars is the “Red Planet,” this is definitely not the type of red that first comes to mind. I’d expect a rusty orange-y iron oxide color instead. To be fair, I've never personally been to Mars, so I can't say from experience that the color is inaccurately named... Disregarding my quibbles with the name, I do like this ink as a basic red, and it's a likely candidate to become my standard red marking ink when my current bottle runs out.
Sheen: Not really
Water Resistance: Absolutely None (it's actually kind of amazing how clean the paper left behind is...)
Other notes: The ink looks more red on more absorptive papers, while a bit more orange comes out on less absorptive papers. In the writing samples you can see that on Tomoe River, the lighter shading parts can lean orange, whereas on Kokuya the color is more consistently red, even with shading.
The following sample was done with a Franklin-Christoph 28 (Broad Stub) on Tomoe River (52gsm, white, loose-leaf). Doodle was done with a size 3/0 mop and size 0 liner brush in addition to the pen. Flex writing was done with a Leonardt Principal dip nib.
Bad Scanner Disclaimer: Scan is better than photo. The scan is quite accurate across the board; the only issue is that the wash in the doodle is a bit too magenta. Photo is pale and more orange than it ought to be. Also the photo quality is just bad this time (sorry!). On my monitor, the closest representation is the large smear in the scan.
Comparison inks from left to right (big smear is the featured ink):
Diamine Vermillion, Diamine Wild Strawberry, KWZ Grapefruit, Robert Oster Fire Engine Red, KWZ Thief’s Red
Writing Samples (scans, no color correction) from Ray Bradbury's "The Veldt"
Tsubame Fool’s University:
Edited by crahptacular, 22 September 2017 - 08:41.