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InkShift - Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin to Aventurine
Just for the fun of it, I decided to do a project exploring what happens when you move progressively from one ink colour to another. For now, I'm restricting myself to inks from the same manufacturer - mainly to avoid nasty chemical surprises. My hope is that some of these "inkshifts" result in interesting colours that I can use to write/draw with. And besides... it's just fun to watch one ink colour morph into another one.
Mandarin (orange) and Aventurine (green) are regular Edelstein inks. Nice inks, but not really exciting. I decided to explore the territory in between to find out if something interesting turns up. As always, I start with 1:1 and 1:2 mixes to see what areas to explore. In this case, Aventurine clearly is the dominating ink, so I decided to zoom in more on the Mandarin side of the spectrum.
In the span between these two inks, there are some interesting colours to be found. My personal favourites are:
  • 15 parts Mandarin / 1 part Aventurine : a nice sepia type colour
  • 3 parts Mandarin / 1 part Aventurine : an appealing moss green

I really enjoy these morphing experiments. You never know what surprises will turn up, and the resulting colours are often a lot more interesting than the standard ink colours you start with.

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That Aventurine's a real bully! ;) I think I like the murk in the middle: 10, 7.5, and 5 parts Mandarin. If you decide to make a bunch of one, you could call it Mandurine. :D


Thanks for sharing - these are fun!

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These are really fun! I like Aventurine, but Liz is right, it is overwhelming.

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Oh nice! That 1-to-1 mix is perfect!
I always found Aventurine to be too bright, though I love the Dryness of the ink.
I always have to mix it with something to darken the tone and calm it down...lol.

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Thanks for this!


I have yet to open my bottle of Adventurine-I bought it based on the swabs(and just because I like the Edelstein inks in general). I agree that it's a fairly bright ink-I bought it and Olivine at the same time, and have only used Olivine because I liked it better. Mandarin, meanwhile, is an ink I didn't find that I particularly liked, so I don't think I've used it beyond one fill.


Your mixes make me want to try and make something of both of these inks.


Your 2:1 Mandarin:Adventurine in somewhat reminiscent of Olivine to me, but maybe a bit more...welll...olive. 1.5:1 and 1:1 look to be in the ballpark of Olivine.

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What a great idea! I love this and also your other ink shift experiments!

Today I reproduced the Mandarin + Aventurine 5+1 mixture. My outcome was a bit more on the olive side but fits now crazy well to the Pelikan M400 Turtoise shell pen!

Looking forward to see more of the shifts!

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