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In one of my last attempts to use Diamine Syrah in a mix, first with Pelikan Royal blue, and then with Diamine Midnight, I kept getting an odd precipitate.

I liked the purple resulting colour but the precipitate was strange, and a fellow FPNer here who tried the same mix did not experience my same problem, therefore suggesting I may have a defective/contaminated Syrah (fortunately only half left of one of those 30 ml plastic bottles).


The idea of testing for a darkish purple sticked, so best way forward looked like changing the starting material with something safer.

I don't have many red inks, but one small bottle of Visconti red looked like a viable alternative.


I maintained Diamine Midnight as the other ingredient in the mix, since I'm attracted by the idea of a dark purplish-blue ink (Shigurish like...).


Seeing the problems with Syrah, I first run a few compatibility tests just to ensure no precipitate would form, on a very small scale sample (practically drops).

All 3 tests with growing quantites of Visconti red were perfectly liquid.


On a (relatively) larger scale batch I started with 6 parts of Midnight and gradually added red.

I stopped at 4 parts red, as I do not want the ink to become too purple, but would prefer the result to maintain a faint blue tone under the purple.


First result is here compared to the starting colours.


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That looks excellent, I think I'll follow suit. The Syrah-dominated color is too reddish for me anyway.

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thank you mhguda, I'm rather pleased with the result as I don't own any purple ink and besides blue which I am using extensively in all sorts of shades, this is the other colour shade that attracts me as long as it does not become too reddish.

Next I need to improve somewhat on the representation of my results, as the paper influences my photos too much and I should probably get my scanner out and see what I can come up with...

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ive done something simliar wtih monteverde purple reign and iroshizuku asa gao at 2:3... a similar dark rich blue purple that I really like

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hmm, interesting, but as I don't own any purples I need to work from blue... next try I was meditating is starting from Diamine Oxford Blue which is really dark.

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