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Hi there. This is my first post and effort, so please excuse any mistakes or errors. It is on the cheapest notebook paper.
Like many, I've been seduced by J. Herbin's Poussiere de Lune, but was disappointed with its lack of waterproofness. Having a selection of Noodler's bulletproof, waterproof and semi-waterproof inks on hand as well as a painter's eye, I thought, why not? Here is my first effort at trying to replicate JHPDL with 4 Noodler's inks, a sample vial and blunt tipped syringe.


the recipe (ALL Noodler's):

North African Violet - 30 drops (or 1/2 ml)

Black Swan In Australian Roses 9 drops

#41 Brown 4 drops

Fox (red) 2 drops

It appears to be nice and shady, nearly waterproof, and no problems with the mixture itself.

All can be done with a syringe, empty sample bottle and the four colors (in sample form)

I think it's pretty close.
(please note: I used a Lamy Safari with a 1.1 nib, dipped, not filled)

What say you?


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For an even closer match:
30 drops (or 1/2 ml) - North African Violet

10 drops - Black Swan In Australian Roses

5 drops - #41 Brown

2 drops - Fox (red)

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It is an absolute shame that nobody has praised this ink mix, or even acknowledged it. PdL is one of my dream inks, but water resistance is a must-have for me. Knowing that this mix exists warms the Blackest Black stone in the center of my chest by at least half a degree.


It's looking like I'll have to acquire a bottle of NAV, for this + BSiNAV.... drat! MORE inks I "need"! :)


Thanks for posting this!


PS: I've gotten similar results from using PR Plum + Lexington Grey, actually. Only the grey part is water-resistant, for obvious reasons, but it's stable and quite pretty, and may be worth your investigation. It has moderate shading, as I recall, though not as good as your mix; I hadn't thought of using BSiAR...

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