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Lamy Red + Blue = Lamy Beetroot?



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So I’ve got a small bottle of Lamy Red and about three boxes of Lamy Blue cartridges. As I’ll probably never use those blue cartridges, I decided to have some fun mixing those inks together.

This is the 2:1 Red/Blue mix, plus RGB indexes for the darkest and lightest areas:
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Now the 3:1 Red/Blue mix + RGB:
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…aaand the 4:1 Red/Blue mix + RGB:
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Method: Lamy explicitly says in their website not to mix their inks, so I left each concoction sitting quietly for 24 hours in a drawer in a sample container before putting a little bit of ink on the pen (I used a regional brand pen with a fine nib made in Taiwan). I didn’t feel any difference in writing with any of the mixes compared to the pure blue or red, except for a little bit of spread, but so slight that I only noticed it in the scans. Also, I forgot to add paper information: the tests were made on a 70 g/m² acid-free "Ivory-colored" paper from a Moleskine pocket notebook. There was no bleed-through, even on the ∴ (where I let the nib rest); ghosting/echoing was as noticeable as the pure Blue and more noticeable than the pure Red on the same notebook.
My conclusions: I liked the 2:1 mix a lot. Didn’t care much for the rosy tint of the other two mixes (that’s why I stopped and didn’t add red any further). I was surprised that the orange of the Lamy Red didn't appear on the 4:1 mix (if you dilute Lamy Red you get a "Vitamin C orange"). Also, I gotta say that 3:1 and 4:1 look very similar to me. I'm going to wait 24 more hours before fully inking a pen with the Lamy Beetroot (2:1 mix) and carrying it around.
What do youse think?

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Wow, looks great.

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I like this color quite a bit more than Lamy Red. I wonder what a 1:1 ratio would look like.

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I like this color quite a bit more than Lamy Red. I wonder what a 1:1 ratio would look like.

 

Oh, shoot! I don't believe I didn't scan that!

 

This first batch gave me a very low amount. I promise I'll start with a 1:1 mix when I do the next one and make a sample to post here before I mix in the rest.

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Oh, shoot! I don't believe I didn't scan that!

 

This first batch gave me a very low amount. I promise I'll start with a 1:1 mix when I do the next one and make a sample to post here before I mix in the rest.

yay.

Daniel

 

 

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