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Nick Stewart is an amazing artist who has advanced our knowledge of inks and the possibilities of what can be done with them. If you don’t know who he is, you should check out his site: https://nickstewart.ink/

 

These ink washes are very easy to do. Nick has a great video showing how here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgMg8CUN6Y4. It’s a bit lengthy, but the action heats up at about the 17:11 mark.
 

Most people include a chromatography in their ink reviews. This is the one part of the review that I really look forward to. I love to see the colors that inks are made of and a simple water wash will reveal most of them. Although Nick is known for pioneering the use of bleach with inks, I did not use it for any of these washes (except where noted).

 

I’ll start with blacks:

 

Aurora Black

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Colorverse Black Hole

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Perle Noire

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Sailor Black

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Noodlers Black Eel
(did not react well with water)

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Iroshizuku Take-sumi (small drop of bleach for suns)

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Monteverde Onyx

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De Atramentis Document Black
(pigmented ink)

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Sailor Kiwaguro
(pigmented ink)

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Colorverse Methuselah Grove

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Platinum Carbon Black
(pigmented ink)

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Blue Blacks:

Sailor Seiboku

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Sailor Souboku

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Sailor Blue Black

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Blue/Blurples:

Colorverse Supernova

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Colorverse Saturn V

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Sailor Yamadori

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Colorverse Proxima B

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Colorverse Quasar

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Colorverse KSLV-II

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Greens:

Colorverse Vortex Motion

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Colorverse Sea of Tranquility

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Colorverse Redwood Forest

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Yellow/Orange:

Noodlers Apache Sunset

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Colorverse Electron

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Brown:

Colorverse Space Laika

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Colorverse Hubble Zoom

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Pink:

Colorverse Felicette

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That exhausts my supply of inks. I’ll add more images when I get my next delivery of samples. :)

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Wooooow...those were BEAUTIFUL!!
Thank you for sharing!
EDIT: Those were some friggin fantabulous blue Colorverse inks in there as well!!! 👍

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Very beautiful, thank you for sharing 

"Crafting a novel on cotton rag paper with an antique fountain pen is a sensuously rebellious act against modernity." – Khang Kijarro Nguyen

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Marvelous reference. Thanks for sharing them. Really useful.

 

(*must dig out Sailor jentle black again - looks just like Sumi-e ink 🥰)

 

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2 hours ago, Arcticart said:

Oh wow! Some of those colorverse inks look especially stunning. Thank you.

 

I might have to give this a go too.

 

i wouldn't want to write with some of them, but they do look rather nice in a wash. Hubble Zoom for example.  Don't know anyone who likes that color. I was expecting a dull nasty brown when it hit the water. Came back in a few minutes and couldn't beileve my eyes.

 

Most of the these took less than 5 minutes to make. The key is to not overdo it, less is more. Wet your paper, put a couple small drops for the sky, and let it sit for a few minutes. Then go back and do the horizon line/foreground/trees/etc.

“If through faith you have placed your eternal destiny in the loving hands of Jesus Christ, you can be sure that God is at work, shaping the events and circumstances of your life into a beautiful mosaic that will reveal His Son to the people around you. His hand is on you, as it has been since long before you were born.” - Chuck Smith

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For someone I presume is a beginner, these are REALLY nice.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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31 minutes ago, inkstainedruth said:

For someone I presume is a beginner, these are REALLY nice.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

 

Thank you Ruth. Yes, I just started doing these a few days ago after watching Nick's video and seeing the art people here have posted in their ink reviews. I hope more folks will post their washes. I'd love to see what others come up with. I'm sure they will have more exciting inks as my supply is rather paltry. I have not been collecting for very long. 

“If through faith you have placed your eternal destiny in the loving hands of Jesus Christ, you can be sure that God is at work, shaping the events and circumstances of your life into a beautiful mosaic that will reveal His Son to the people around you. His hand is on you, as it has been since long before you were born.” - Chuck Smith

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Really, really nice! 

 

MayI ask, please, what paper you used? 

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I used Canson XL cold-pressed watercolor paper for most of them, however I got more vibrant colors and a smoother surface using the backside of cheap Pen & Gear posterboard from Walmart. You can really see the difference in the Vortex Motion washes. That color just pops on the Wallyworld paper, even though the sheen was not as noticeable. I'm going to invest in some good quality hot-pressed paper. That would provide a very smooth surface to increase vibrancy while also showing off the sheen.

 

If you buy the cheap stuff, make sure you get the heavyweight posterboard. The regular weight stuff doesn't work and just makes a curled up mess.

 

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“If through faith you have placed your eternal destiny in the loving hands of Jesus Christ, you can be sure that God is at work, shaping the events and circumstances of your life into a beautiful mosaic that will reveal His Son to the people around you. His hand is on you, as it has been since long before you were born.” - Chuck Smith

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32 minutes ago, axialix said:

I used Canson XL cold-pressed watercolor paper for most of them, however I got more vibrant colors and a smoother surface using the backside of cheap Pen & Gear posterboard from Walmart. You can really see the difference in the Vortex Motion washes. That color just pops on the Wallyworld paper, even though the sheen was not as noticeable. I'm going to invest in some good quality hot-pressed paper. That would provide a very smooth surface to increase vibrancy while also showing off the sheen.

 

If you buy the cheap stuff, make sure you get the heavyweight posterboard. The regular weight stuff doesn't work and just makes a curled up mess.

 

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Thanks for letting us know about the paper. (Which reminded me about some thick paper I have that didn't work well with fountain pens so I put it at the bottom of a drawer ...)

 

Yes, there definitely is a big difference between the two Vortex Motion washes!

"Most people enjoy the sight of their own handwriting as they enjoy the smell of their own farts." - W. H. Auden

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