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Matching Ink For Shakespeare Plays/characters



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Sooo, I'm actually supposed to be reading King Lear right now... But I'm in too light a mood for the storm soliloquy at the moment, and quickly got sidetracked with deciding which ink to put in my freshly-washed pen to take notes with. I started thinking about which colour in my collection could be best associated with Cordelia's character, specifically because she can be interpreted in so many ways (partly depending on which text you're perusing), from saintly to a sovereign waging war against her own family. A complex character would require a complex ink, I think, and the new pastel Sailor Studio or Vinta inks with many colour shifts, sheen and shading seem quite fitting for that description.

I went through some of my favourite characters this way, and, funny enough, most of the villains and romantic heroes (specifically Lady Macbeth and Juliet) got associated with a red colour (specifically KWZ Maroon, my absolute favourite red)! Indeed the colour of passion, which can be manifold.

 

As an exercise of fun speculation to distract you from the upcoming hump day, what do you think? :)

 

 

Dominique

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I would be tempted with Noodler's Widowmaker and Noodler's Heart of Darkness for Macbeth! Sheaffer's Kings Gold for Merchant of Venice.

If there is righteousness in the heart, There will be beauty in character. If there is beauty in character, There will be harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, There will be order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, There will be peace in the world. Bhagawan Shri Satya Sai Baba

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So many of the tragedies are blood drenched, that you are going to end up with plenty of reds.

 

Diamine Imperial Purple for Julius Caesar and Aurora Black for Brutus.

 

Baystate Blue for Lear.

 

Heart of Darkness for Ophelia. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern would be KWZ Gummiberry. Hamlet, naturally, would be Pilot Blue Black.

 

Desdemona would have to be RO Envy Green.

 

Falstaff would be Diamine Registrars.

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So many of the tragedies are blood drenched, that you are going to end up with plenty of reds.

 

Diamine Imperial Purple for Julius Caesar and Aurora Black for Brutus.

 

Baystate Blue for Lear.

 

Heart of Darkness for Ophelia. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern would be KWZ Gummiberry. Hamlet, naturally, would be Pilot Blue Black.

 

Desdemona would have to be RO Envy Green.

 

Falstaff would be Diamine Registrars.

 

Oh yes, I'm waiting to see Titus Andronicus mentioned! BSB for Lear is a really quirky choice, but it makes weirdly perfect sense when you think about it. Love it!

 

 

Dominique

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Sooo, I'm actually supposed to be reading King Lear right now... But I'm in too light a mood for the storm soliloquy at the moment, and quickly got sidetracked with deciding which ink to put in my freshly-washed pen to take notes with. I started thinking about which colour in my collection could be best associated with Cordelia's character, specifically because she can be interpreted in so many ways (partly depending on which text you're perusing), from saintly to a sovereign waging war against her own family. A complex character would require a complex ink, I think, and the new pastel Sailor Studio or Vinta inks with many colour shifts, sheen and shading seem quite fitting for that description.

I went through some of my favourite characters this way, and, funny enough, most of the villains and romantic heroes (specifically Lady Macbeth and Juliet) got associated with a red colour (specifically KWZ Maroon, my absolute favourite red)! Indeed the colour of passion, which can be manifold.

 

As an exercise of fun speculation to distract you from the upcoming hump day, what do you think? :)

 

 

Dominique

 

Hummmm. If you REALLY want an ink for Shakespearean characters there really is only ONE such ink: Iron gall ink. It has red in it from the iron, and black, and brown. You might, if you are feeling so inspired write a Shakespearean Sonnet and call it something like "Ode to Ink and Character" . Hehehehe.

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I feel like Hamlet should have one of those inks where you can't quite decide ( :P) which colour you're looking at - Noodler's Zhivago, KWZ Grey Plum, definitely something dark! Noodler's Blue Ghost is a hilarious suggestion, I think it would also quite fit Banquo.

 

 

Dominique

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I'm going to have to think about this one a bit. But it's a great thread. Thanks for coming up with the idea.

But maybe De Atramentis Red Roses (scented ink) for some someone like Viola in Twelfth Night , or Celia or Rosalind from As You Like It (which is probably my favorite of the comedies, with everyone running around the Forest of Arden falling in love).

Diamine Imperial Blue for Henry in Henry V.

ESSRI for Angelo in Measure for Measure (since he's very much a stickler for "the rules").

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I feel like Hamlet should have one of those inks where you can't quite decide ( :P) which colour you're looking at - Noodler's Zhivago, KWZ Grey Plum, definitely something dark! Noodler's Blue Ghost is a hilarious suggestion, I think it would also quite fit Banquo.

 

 

Dominique

 

Right on! Thusly, I'd thought of D's Eclipse.

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I'm going to have to think about this one a bit. But it's a great thread. Thanks for coming up with the idea.

But maybe De Atramentis Red Roses (scented ink) for some someone like Viola in Twelfth Night , or Celia or Rosalind from As You Like It (which is probably my favorite of the comedies, with everyone running around the Forest of Arden falling in love).

Diamine Imperial Blue for Henry in Henry V.

ESSRI for Angelo in Measure for Measure (since he's very much a stickler for "the rules").

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

I thought about ESSRI for Hamlet because he writes that letter sealing the fate of R&G on their ocean trip, so he may want some water permanence for that missive. ;)

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Iago would be Troublemaker Black, perhaps, and Graf Von Faber-Castell Viper Green for Cleopatra, although it might work equally well for Goneril and Regan (How sharper than a serpents tooth...). Noodlers Antietam for Richard III (specifically the Act V Bosworth Field battle and death). Malvolio (Twelfth Night) might be Parker Penman Sapphire (contemptuously superior) or anything yellow. Lady Macbeth could be Noodlers Baystate Cranberry, which Ive heard bleeds through everything.

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