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What Can I Mix With Namiki Blue To = Water Resistant Purple?


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I love the qualities of Namiki blue: its water resistance and low maintenance. However, it would be nice to find a red which I could add to it to create a lilac purple. Do you have any suggestions for low maintenance reds which might fit the bill; if the red isn't waterproof, I'm assuming the Namiki blue will still be legible if a spillage occured.

 

Thanks. :)

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I've mixed Namiki blue with Montblanc Lavender and with Pelikan violet, which are both red leaning purple inks, with good results.

I haven't mixed with red, as I have no red ink.

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Thanks for the suggestions. If I'm brave enough to do any experiments, I'll let you know the outcome. I probably won't be able to upload scans as this pc doesn't play nicely with the scanner.

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Thanks. The red doesn't have to be waterproof, because the Namiki Blue adds a water resistance. The red may wash away, leaving blue behind.

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I've taken the plunge and ordered Waterman Audacious Red. I've also ordered (from ebay because Goulet are out of stock) Black Swan in Australian Roses. If this is the old version, great, I love that reddish brown (someone sent me a sample of it) and if it's the new version, then I have a water resistant purple ink so the experiments with the Namiki blue and Waterman Red won't be so important.

 

I may also try mixing the new red with Pelikan 4001 blue-black, which is water resistant, for a darker, more intense purple.

 

Will let you know the results.

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You probably know this already, but ....

 

As mentioned above, I ordered Waterman's Audacious Red and have just received Waterman Red. Thinking I may have been sent a different shade, I did some googling. Youtube finally gave me the answer. I was already vaguely aware of the Waterman re-branding because of the change to Florida Blue.

 

Here's a very helpful vid:

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Thought it was about time I reported back. A mixture of 1:1 of Waterman Red and Namiki Blue creates an aubergine colour, which is pleasant, but not the colour I'm looking for. Altering the proportions moves the colour to copper (if a 3:1 mix) or a dulled blue if moved the other way.

 

I think the problem is with the red. Waterman Red leans towards orange; orange+blue=brown, hence the aubergine rather than purple. I need to try a different red.

 

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive purple-leaning red which mixes well?

Thanks.

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A mixture of 1:1 of Waterman Red and Namiki Blue creates an aubergine colour, which is pleasant, but not the colour I'm looking for.

This mixture is remarkably water resistant. When a wet swab is applied it smudges to a lilac-aubergine, which makes me wonder if adding water to the mix might help the colour which is quite saturated. The writing is still readable, in fact the paper started to distintegrate before the writing was at all unclear.

 

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive purple-leaning red which mixes well?

I've now ordered J Herbin Rose Cyclamen.

 

Sorry for the lack of pics, but I don't have a camera and my scanner won't talk to this computer.

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By the way if you want to experiment with some of the ink mixing you'll probably want to get a couple things (besides the usual eye dropper or blunt syringe).

 

Plenty of sample vials, and a dip nib + holder. Can usually get the latter like a speedball or tachikawa/zebra-g/etc nib and holder for a couple bucks.

 

If you're wondering if a mix will be 'safe' you can syringe a your ratio to make like 2ml or so in a sample vial, giving it a good shake, and then letting it sit for a couple hours and come back to it to see if the thing got all sludgey or some other weird effect like strong order or eating at the plastic etc.

 

And you can use the cheap dip nib to do some initial writing samples to see if that's the way you like it before bothering to stick it into a fountain pen.

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Thanks. I bought some ink syringes, 5ml plastic vials (which I might replace with glass as the plastic isn't easy to see through) and some sticky labels. I've bought some amber glass jars for any mixes which turn out well, to make larger batches. I'm using a fountain pen which I don't like at all, so don't care if it gets ruined by a bad mix.

 

Thanks for the tip about leaving the ink to stand. I read the thread about mixes which don't work and was horrified by the way some fairly well behaved inks behave when mixed. :yikes:

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Another update:

 

I've achieved some gorgeous pure puples from mixing Namiki Blue and J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen. Equal parts of each ink creates a pure royal purple; a 3:1 mix (Rose Cyclamen being the largest) creates a pure dark lilac. I've yet to find out how these inks react together over the course of a week and how they behave in a pen. I also need to do water resistance tests. Thought I'd let you know the result of the initial mixing. Looks promising.

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We'd love to see pictures!

 

Unfortunately, this computer won't co-operate with the scanner and the other computer won't go online! I don't have a digital camera or smartphone (my moby's ancient!). Hence the absence of pics.

 

If I get round to it, I'll scan pics into the old laptop and transfer them via external HD to this computer for uploading. If I get round to it. So complicated! Even a techie friend of mine couldn't persuade the multi-function printer/scanner/copier to communicate with Win 7!

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I understand.

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