Classical Transparent Ink
| The Classical Transparent is similar to traditional fountain pen ink; the Liquid Gouache ink is just what it says it is; the Permanent Pigmented ink has the properties and feel of 'Indian'
ink and the Natural Historical inks are made from ancient recipes and biological pigments. All available in a 30 ml glass bottle.
I was recently given the opportunity to test and review this excellent range of inks - a big job with so many qualities and colours, but very exciting. I've listed below the tests that were carried out, the results and conclusions.
Each ink colour, in each range, were subjected to the following tests:- their water solubility, staining and drying properties; their 'flow' and character on a cross section of different papers; their use with various dip, fountain and other pens; their use with sable and synthetic brushes; their transparent or opaque qualities; the lightfast qualities of these inks were already established.
The papers they were tested on - cheap stationary paper and card; Croxley; Basildon Bond; Bristol Board; Bockingford watercolour paper; Saunders Waterford watercolour paper Rough and Hot Pressed.
The pens used in these tests:- Dip pen nibs - Brause; Mitchell; Gillott and Leondart, with and without reservoirs.
All inks in the Penman range are Ph neutral, non-toxic, non-flammable and environmentally friendly.
The Classical Transparent Inks.
The colour range, made from swatches of the inks applied to bright white Bristol board.
CTI01 Sulphur Yellow - very clear bright yellow
CTI02 Amber Yellow - clean colour with a leaning towards orange
CTI03 Yellow Jasper - dull ochre yellow
CTI04 Orange Amber - orange with a slight red undertone
CTI05 Carnelian Red - bright red with a very slight lean towards orange
Jasper Red - fairly balanced red
CTI08 Hazel Onyx - a burnt orange
CTI09 Cherry Opal - a dull red with a purple feel to it
CTI11 Fuchsia Quartz beautiful very intense colour
CTI12 Violet Agate - purple with a leaning towards blue
CTI13 Lilac Agate - deep rich purple
CTI14 Agate Blue - good 'fountain pen' blue
CTI15 Aquamarine Blue - blue with a slight lean towards green
CTI16 Turquoise Agate - very bright colour
CTI17 Amazonite Green - a deep blue green
Peridot Green - green with a yellow undertone, good mixing green
CTI20 Olive Peridot - dull olive with a slight grey look on paper
CTI21 Sepia Quartz - warmer than a lot of sepia colours
CTI22 Obsidian Brown - rich dark, cool brown
CTI23 Grey Hematite - blue black similar to a Payne's grey
Jet Black - rich black with a slightly purple feel.
They all intermix, good if you wish to make a colour unique to you.
This letter 'R' was produced with a No. 8 Automatic pen loaded with Agate Blue in one spine and Turquoise Green in the other. It was applied to 115 lb Bristol Board - shown larger than actual size.An excellent range of colours for the Artist, Calligrapher, Illustrator, Scribe, Illuminator, Decorative and Graphic Artist.
Easy to use, quick drying with very good lightfast properties.
Some interesting and insightful comments about these inks can be found on this forum link http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=26414
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