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Perfecting The Dark Red: Diamine Red Dragon Mixed With Oxblood?


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I like Oxbood...but it is a bit brown especially in some pens in which it looks only brown. I have seen Red Dragon and it appears beautiful more more red than dark red.

 

Oxblood is dried blood.

Red Dragon looks like fresh blood.

 

I am looking for the colour of clotting blood (and yes, I do know exactly what that looks like). Had anyone experimented with mixing these 2 colours, and if so, what ratio worked best?

 

(I do not want to buy a totally different ink so not looking for a Noodler's suggestion for example)

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I've mixed these with no problems. I usually use mostly Red Dragon with a touch of Oxblood, somewhere in the 5 to 1 range. If you want another ink on the continuum, Matador is it. These all mix very nicely.

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I like my Oxblood dry, shaken, not stirred!

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Picky, picky, picky. And more than a little creepy.

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I like my Oxblood dry, shaken, not stirred!

 

Haha. I like mine on the rocks.

 

Oxblood is one of my favorite red inks, except that on some paper it tends to dry a little too much like brown ink.

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I like my Oxblood dry, shaken, not stirred!

 

If you use a glass swizzle stick to stir instead, your oxblood won't clot (the fibrinogen winds around the glass and can't form a clot. We used to process blood this way in ancient days in the lab.)

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Islandink, I know exactly what you mean for red, and I've been looking for that color as well. Tried both oxblood and red dragon too. Haven't tried mixing the two though, and I probably don't have much left in the two samples I have. I'll have to get more and experiment.

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Another thought might be to mix in a little of Diamine Syrah...a little bit of the purple-ish red may help cut the brown a little.

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