I am more than 'noobie' with mixing and diluting. Having some 80 inks, a small amount to many here....don't have to do much mixing. Will do so on a couple of blaa MB inks my wife bought me on a whim.
Have been impressed with changes others achieve with a bit of diluting. Too lazy..."too many inks".
If you go to Ink Reviews and look at any ink review done by Sandy1, , our ink guru. So often one would not believe it is the same ink, but is.
She uses 4 normal pens, and four good to better papers that are available if you put your mind to it.....(need to follow my own advice there.) Been saying I need those four papers for the longest time. I do have 30-40 papers sitting around, some very good....some I even know what they are.
Then there are different colors, cream, ivory, marbled, besides types like laid, hammered or linen effect.
Nib width and flex rate will make differences. I find regular flex nibs in M and F to be good for shading. Semi-flex requires more care in ink and paper being a wetter nib.
Wet or dry pen.
IMO there is no perfect nib, perfect paper nor perfect ink, there is though, a perfect nib on a perfect paper, with a perfect ink; that will not be perfect with a different nib width or flex. Could be how humid it is affects this.
Gmund 'Blanc Beige, creme 120 g, is a very near perfect paper.....I of course ordered second best the 170g, in I like the feel of the heavy paper. One of these days, I'll order the 120g. I did have to break a $$$ physiological border.
100 sheets cost E 36 and 4 E mailing inside of Germany...Austria will cost more than EU for mailing.
IMO those papers were better than the other four types including the more expensive (50 sheets at E36) Original Gmund. For such expensive papers you need to order samples and test them all. I'd expected the more expensive paper to have been the better, just like I expected the heavy paper to be better.
:headsmack:Do order the same paper in different colors. Wenn schon, dann schon!!
For free I'd ordered 2 sheets, and for E0.85 I'd ordered 8/10 sheets of their fountain pen friendly papers. Art papers are not for fountain pens. Write which ever company for a list of fountain pen friendly papers. I did not do that with an other good company, and got only Art Papers in the free sample pack.
Is on my crumbling from age list of things to do, ask Schoellerhamer for their fountain pen friendly papers.
Zander is another company that has a huge amount of different papers. I'm sure there is a perfect paper in there.....if I ever get around to testing my sample packs.
First I have to clean all my pens, clear my desk, bring out the army of inks, and scribble like I was being paid for it. Must be at least 60 Zander papers to look at.
Then after that, comes getting put in front of court for 'Wallet Abuse" .
Over a couple years, I ran a lot of inks over those 10 or so Gmund papers.....100g, 110, 120, 150 and 170g.......in a few different papers.
I had expected the heavy papers the 150-170 to be best. I was surprised when the 120 topped them all.
At that price I dithered..........years.
I had picked up a bottle of now discontinued 4001 Brilliant Green....I was chasing purple...and who needed a 'green'. It was a on sale!
Within the year I had 14 of my 17, (soon to be 18) green-greenish inks, that I tested on those papers. By that time 3/4's of the papers had failed....In the end it came down to the tad better 120g and the tad better feeling second place 170g.
I have other heavy papers, but can't make a comparison, in I don't have the lighter paper. Like I have G.Lalo Verge de France in 160g but none in 90g. Same with the Velin pur Coton, in 125g and none in 90g.
I am glad I have an extra bottle of 4001 Brilliant Green.
R&K Verdura beat MB Irish Green by a short nose, Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Green by a neck....in green-green inks. (Of course there is someone who had Irish Green by a short nose over Verdura...)
There are many good papers, some better papers, and if you look, near grand to grand papers. Your ink will be somewhat different on most.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 18 April 2018 - 10:20.