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Noodler's Blue/black Most Similar In Performance To Black Swan In Australian Roses?


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#1 loganrah

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 03:18

I have a love-hate relationship with Noodler's inks. I love their general waterproofness and other archival properties as well as the range of colours. I don't like how overly wet a lot of them can be. I have had some success watering down some inks --- Kiowa Pecan in particular takes well to being cut 1/3 with distilled water to reduce the wetness and increase shading. 

I recently received a bottle of Black Swan in Australian Roses which, along with the awesome colour, has performance much more along the lines I would like of all inks. 
 

I also received a bottle of 54th Massachusetts in the same package. While I like the teal colour, the performance is far too wet for my taste. 

 

So I'm wondering: which of Noodler's many blue/blue-blacks/teals comes closest to Black Swan in Australian Roses in performance? 

And/or: can you recommend other Noodler's inks that take well to being diluted?
 



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#2 jean

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 05:29

Hello, I have these two inks, and indeed they have basically the same flow properties and dilution behaviour, with possible variations in flow from one inkwell to the other. But that I have not seen with the inks I use. The other inks that have these properties are Air-Corp Blue-Back, Navy and Zhivago. All of them have a controlled flow, withstand dilution well and leave a grey to black line once they have been washed off with water or bleach.

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 09:00

Noodler's Blue-Black. Excellent behaviour (no feathering, spread or bleedthrough) and it takes VERY well to being diluted. In fact it's so saturated that,undiluted, the blue bit is hardly noticeable, once diluted it strongly leans teal, greenish.

 

Another point in common with BSiAR is that (I think) it's made by mixing Noodler's Black with another non-bulletproof dye.



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Posted 13 August 2020 - 15:54

I have Noodlers blue, Bernanke Blue, and Aircorp blue-black. They do not shade and are all very saturated. Standard blue and aircorp both perform well though. I wouldn’t say they are overly wet, unless by wet you mean saturated. Black swan in Australian roses is probably my favorite ink. Isn’t blue nose bear in the same line of shading inks?






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