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芸景堂 (Yunjingtang) inks from China



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A Smug Dill

Has anyone tried any of the 芸景堂 (yún jǐng táng) inks, especially those from Season Seven, which seem to be in the vein of the lighter, multi-hued colours in the Sailor Ink Studio line?

 

Yunjingtang multi-hued inks from Season Seven

Source: AliExpress

 

At nominally US$8.80 per 30ml bottle, I think they're priced competitively against Sailor Ink Studio and Sailor Manyo inks, assuming that they are as good and/or interesting as the Japanese inks. However, shipping charges for bottle of ink (and often customs issues with exporting liquids through the post from China) and border taxes lift the effective averaged cost of acquisition to over US$13 a bottle if I were to order all three of the above at once, and still have to keep my fingers crossed that they get past Chinese Customs and get delivered here intact and without incident, so I'm not as gung-ho about just spending money on them as I usually would be.

 

There's also this seemingly colour-shifting shimmer ink:

Yunjingtang Linjiangxian shimmer ink from Season Seven

Source: AliExpress

 

but my confidence level is quite low in shimmer inks from China having consistently small particle size to not cause clogging in my (typically Fine-nibbed) fountain pens.

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mizgeorge

La, la, la, la, la - I can't see them if I put my hands over my eyes, and I'm getting out of this page very quickly now.....

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inkstainedruth
7 hours ago, mizgeorge said:

La, la, la, la, la - I can't see them if I put my hands over my eyes, and I'm getting out of this page very quickly now.....

:lol:

As for me, the inks that are shown in the posted images seem to be (with the exception of the "shimmer" ink) to be pretty, but too light to really be legible.  So, okay for drawing with, but not for writing with.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

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A Smug Dill
1 hour ago, inkstainedruth said:

… pretty, but too light to really be legible.  So, okay for drawing with, but not for writing with.

 

You're probably right. The one at the top (思美人) with the dusky rose colour is probably OK, the third one less so, and the one in the middle is just a wash-out.

 

These are from Season Eight:

Yunjintang Lu Ming ink from Season Eight

Yunjintang Xue Song ink from Season EightYunjintang Luoyangjin ink from Season EightYunjintang Tao Ji ink from Season EightYunjintang Jinzhi Ruixiang ink from Season Eight

Yunjintang Xing Lu ink from Season Eight

Source: AliExpress

 

I'm quite taken by the first two, but alas I think the strong colour contrast comes from shimmer that the artist just made a deliberate effort to concentrate and deposit on the petals near the centre of the flowers. The two multi-hued ones at the bottom are nice and probably sufficiently legible, more so than the two lighter colours from Season Seven.

 

Still… I'm not paying US$13 for each 30ml bottle, when I can buy (even now) 50ml bottles of Sailor Yukiakari, Fujimusume and Sakuramori for less than that, if I'm of a mind to spend money on some pretty, pale colours that I know will be legible enough. Maybe that's why I never pulled the trigger on any of the most talked-about Sailor Ink Studio colours, even though they've been put into my online shopping carts countless times.

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How about just let me buy one of each.  Geeeesh!!!  Eyegasms here, gotta go!!!

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Mech-for-i

AFAIK , all the Chinese boutique ink brands suggest against using any shimmer ink in anything finer than a Euro M, and pretty much a large portion of them suggest against using them in fountain pen at all. Considering that most of them being destinated for art use ( thus mostly brushes ) I can relay

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