Hello again De Atramentis Document Ink - The new colours
Back in 2014 I reviewed the first De Atramentis Document inks. Back then they were the first Non Iron Gall Document inks on the Market. I used them for my work and extensively tested them back then
Since then more Manufacturers produced ink this way (Maybe with the exception of Diamine who already, just like D-A had an Registrars Ink in their assortment)
De Atramentis quickly widened their range of Document inks with Brown Green and more importantly Cyan Magenta Yellow black
With the CMYK collection all colours can be mixed, which makes them popular among Painters like Liz Steel
But I will come back to that later.
For lazy people like me, or clumsy people like me fortunately the range of ready mixed inks has been extended now to a total number of 17 inks.
To be qualified as a document ink the ink must meet certain standards. The standard in Europe is ISO 12757-2. This means that the ink must be lightfast and may not be influenced by any outer influences. This way the ink written text cannot be deleted/altered without leaving traces
This makes the ink suitable to be use din the registry and legal documents
Please see the tests below to get an impression of the resilience of these Document ink
The ink is extremely lightfast. This is tested and certified with the Woll-Skala, wool scale in English.
This may sound peculiar but it isn’t that strange on second glance. In history quite often, the same pigments used for Dyeing wool where used for inks as well.
The Woll-Skala reaches from 1 not lightfast over 5 extremely lightfast to 8 extremely lightfast. The ink “of course” is WS 8.
There are other resilient inks like inks based on iron gall or soot. The problem is that iron gall inks are very aggressive to both paper and nib. (the paper of old Dutch documents from the golden age are often eaten away partially by the ink) Both iron gall and soot inks may also clog the feed of your fountain pen.
The De Atramentis inks are, made with nano-particles pigments which, in contrary to (some) Iron Gal are safe for use in fountain pens, a thing which is also confirmed by legendary fountain pen expert Richard binder
I again have tested the “indestructibility” of this ink here again. Inks that meet the standards for document standards (for i.e. the Registry) must be light fast waterproof resistant against acid and other chemicals. Als it is important that written text cannot be corrected/removed without leaving visible traces.
Take De Atramentis for a dive
Bad Breath test. What Vampires are allergic to, De Atramentis masters wiht grace ( I thought about testing it with methane gas, but I thought may be I should spare you the proces it is not a pretty view )
Drown me in CHLORINE I will be Fine
Don´t try this at home kids (at least not when mummie is looking )
It even doesn´t give a sh.t about acid
The 2018 De Atramentis Document Ink collection
Well that was a lengthy introduction let´s see the inks now.
I have made both photos and scans of the ink tests. Photos were made outside in non direct light White Balance was determined by using a grey card (Lightroom correction were solely made in enhancing lighting)
Photos are on the left side, scans on the right side of the picture
(I found it pretty hard to process the photos in Lightroom because of the high contrasts between Black and White and Ink colours maybe TAS can help me here?
Written samples using a medium nib fountain pen
Ink Vomitus Samples
Written samples using an italic 1.9 nib
De Atramentis Document Ink White
Colour Mixing and CMYK Mixing
I already mentioned that the De Atramentis Document inks are popular among artists who use them for painting and sketching.
In contrary to Monitors that emit light in a Mixture of Red Yellow and Blue (RGB)
Ink on paper reflect the incoming light in different colours. The Colours used here Cyan, Magenta Yellow and Black (Key). That means that all colour are basically a mixture of Cyan, Magenta and Yellow using Black to darkening or deepening the colours
De Atramentis document thinning agent vs De Atramentis document ink white
I experimented with both the with ink and the thinning agent. For me it was hard to do effective testing though to differentiate the two, so maybe I should ask Jane Blundell to do a better Job
The left sheet is the one I used in my recent tests the right of earlier tests in 2014
Jane Blundell´s mixes of De Atramentis document inks
Back in 2014 Australian watercolour artist Jane Blundell already experimented with mixing De Atramentis Document inks on her Blog using the CMYK inks and the other De Atramentis document inks then available
2014 Jane Blundell Mixes
She updated these tests most regularly the latest I discovered can be found here
Jane Blundell's 2018 Mixes
So maybe check her website to enjoy some beautiful works of art and to be inspired by her colour mixes
La Couronne Du Comte I guess Dennis and Rik would even travel to the moon to get it for you (just pay them a million or 2 ) Well it is safe to say that they do almost everything to satisfy their customers http://www.lacouronneducomte
Bankers have Rothshield Ink lovers have the Goulet Pen Company. Rachel and Brian carry the ALMOST largest assortment of ink on earth an it's near surroundings http://www.gouletpens.com
(almost Dear Amberlea Davis carries the largest assoritment in the universe but is not a seller
Larry Post of Australia is a Great Supplier of Stationary and Artist Equipments. They carry a lot of De Atramentis Inks http://www.larrypost.com.au/
The same applies to Singapore based Arters of the utterly friendly Yitpeng and Weetek Ong http://arters.com.sg
Well folks hope you enjoy