Day 19: My Dark Blue Swatches

Today’s Diamine Inkvent color is Silent Night. This is a standard dark blue ink color with a some red sheen.

T’s swatch shows an amazing amount of red sheen.

Silent Night is what I call a true blue ink color. I came up with four ink swatches that have similar personalities.

I found a sketch online where I could see some hints of pink in the underlying color.

It’s early in the morning and I was not able to find too many swatches online to help me with the color comparisons. For now, I’ll go with what I have.

Ink swatches: Robert Oster Great Southern Ocean and Tokyo Blue Denim. Diamine Blue Black and Denim.

Day 18: My Olive Green Swatches

Today’s Diamine Inkvent color is Olive Swirl. This is another chameleon ink with some green-gold-pink shimmers. From the online swatch samples there appears to be a dark brown sheen as well.

The bottom of T’s bottle shows off the shimmering colors of green, gold, and pink. Absolutely gorgeous!

Olive green is one of my favorite ink colors to use for journal writing and for my sketches. Naturally, I have too many swatches to show in a single picture. It would have been overwhelming to show the different variations of this earthy color.

I ended up selecting a few that represents a good range of personalities. Tea Time and Saguaro Green are very close colors, but slightly different from this angled view.

Brane and Prairie Green are shimmering inks.

It’s interesting to see how different and unique an olive green ink color can be.

Brane and Prairie Green are my favorite green shimmering ink colors. Brane has green and blue metallic shimmers. Prairie Green has gold and copper-like shimmers.

I would definitely add Olive Swirl with all it’s shimmering trio of colors to the top of my wish list.

Ink swatches: Colorverse Brane (shimmer). KWZ Ink/Galen Leather Prairie Green (shimmer). Ferris Wheel Press Peter Moss. Vista Inks Leyte. Robert Oster Tea Time and Saguaro Green.

Day 17: My Orange Swatches

Today’s Diamine Inkvent color is a standard ink called Flame. It’s basically a bright orange ink.

From T’s swatch, I can see some lovely blooms created from the drops of water interacting with the ink.

I do not have too many orange inks. I think Wonderland and Flap Jack Orange are close matches.

I wanted to show the other inks I have that are a bit darker and not as bright. Burned Orange and Antelope Canyon have some lovely dark brown sheen around the edges.

Since I already have two bright orange inks, I won’t be adding Flame to my wish list.

Ink swatches: Diamine Red Inkvent Wonderland. Anderillium Flap Jack Oct Orange. Robert Oster Burned Orange and Antelope Canyon. Private Reserve Shoreline Gold.

Bath Time for My Poor TWSBI GOs

As many of you know, I really enjoy using my TWSBI GOs for sketching with my fountain pen inks. I typically keep a dozen or more GOs filled with a variety of colors. Sometime this year, I had about 15 pens filled with shimmering inks at one time. Many of my favorite inks would stay in my pens until I nearly run out of ink. This would range from a week to several months.

I recently pulled out my GOs and noticed some crustiness around the feed and section. It may have been two weeks or more since I’ve last used them as I have been busy with my watercolor hobby. It was a reminder that it was time to clean my pens and prep them for my next inky color rotations for the new year.

After I cleaned my GOs by pumping water in and out of the body, I could still see remnants of shimmering particles in the feed. I knew I had to do some major cleaning.

I Googled “how to remove TWSBI GO/Eco nibs” and found a YouTube video. The video stressed about being careful when pulling the nib and feed out as the feed could be easily damaged.

While using my rubber grip, I carefully placed my fingers on the nib’s shoulders and pulled out my nib and feed from the section/body. I made sure not to apply too much pressure while grabbing the nib and feed.

Once I separated the nib from the feed, I could see the shimmering remnants left on the back side of my nib and all over the feed.

There’s also remnants of shimmer on the front side of my nib where the nib meets the section.

To get into the nooks and crannies of my feed, I used an extra soft toothbrush (child size) to remove the shimmering particles. I dipped both brush and feed into some water and and gently brushed in and out of the feed’s teeth. It took a few dips into the water to finally get the feed clean.

Here’s what my clean feed looks like and the shimmering remnants left on my towel and brush.

It’s easy to put the nib back onto the feed. The feed has a slight cutout where the nib slides over and stops into position. It’s easy to slide the nib and feed into the section. There might be some slight twisting involved with the nib/feed as there is a small protruding tab inside the section. With the GO’s clear section it’s easy to see when the nib and feed is situated in place.

Since I was on a roll, I went ahead and grabbed a bunch of empty GOs from my cleaning bin and pulled out the nibs and feed and gave them a good clean. Now my artsy pens are ready for my next color rotation.

I highly recommend watching one or two videos on how to remove and replace the nib and feed on your TWSBI GOs/ECOs. I ran across one video that showed what a damaged feed looked like. Just remember to pull the nib/feed out by grabbing the shoulders of the nib and pull it straight out of the section.

Pen: TWSBI Go with stub 1.1 nib

Toothbrush: Oral B Child size with extra soft bristles

Day 16: My Teal Swatches

Today’s Diamine Inkvent color is Serendipity. It’s a teal ink color with an intense red sheen and a rose-gold-copper shimmer. I can see from T’s writing sample, I can hardly see the blue ink color. It’s mostly the red sheen I see.

In T’s swatch there’s definitely a teal base color underneath all that gorgeous sheen.

Here’s my three swatches from my inky collection. Yuletide is from last year’s calendar. I’ve included two of my fave ink colors Devil’s Kitchen and Blue Velvet Storm.

All three inks have the similar red sheen.

I enjoy writing and sketching with teal ink colors. I will add Serendipity to my wish list. This color which includes the rose-gold-copper-like shimmers is unusual and would be a good additional to my ink collection.

Ink swatches: Diamine Red Inkvent Yuletide. Van Dieman’s Ink Devil’s Kitchen. Robert Oster Blue Velvet Storm.

Day 15: My Chocolate Browns

Today’s Diamine Inkvent color is Pick Me Up. This is a scented and sheening ink.

The swatch from T shows a lovely bright green sheen with a light coffee scent. The color reminds me of chocolate brown.

Here are my choices for today. Last year’s Winter Spice came to my mind as well as Pamana. I had to add Caffe Cream and Kanasas City for the underlying colors.

From my angled shot, I can see the properties of the inks better. Pamana definitely shows the similar bright green sheen.

Here’s a close up of Winter Spice. The green sheen is not as bold as Pick Me Up.

Winter Spice has been on my wish list since last year. This is a lovely reminder that I need to get a full bottle of this color. The blue shimmers and green sheen is a lovely combination.

Ink swatches: Diamine Red Inkvent Winter Spice (shimmer/sheen). Vinta Inks Pamana. Robert Oster Caffe Crema and Kansas City.

Day 14: My Dark Golden Yellows

Today’s Diamine calendar color is Three Kings which is a standard golden yellow ink color. There appears to be a dark sheen on T’s swatch card.

Here’s my selection for today. Brandy Snap and Candle Light are from last year’s calendar.

I also included two swatches from Robert Oster to round out the range of underlying colors I was seeing from other swatches on social media.

I’ve narrowed it down to two swatches Brandy Snap and African Gold. My darker golden yellows. I see a combination of these two colors in Three Kings.

African Gold is another fave color of mine especially for sketching.

Three Kings reminds me of a dark golden mustard color. Just for fun I’ve included my Daniel Smith watercolor swatch Quinacridone Gold.

Ink swatches: Diamine Red Inkvent Brandy Snap and Candle Light. Robert Oster African Gold and Honey Bee.

Watercolor swatch: Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor Quinacridone Gold

Day 13: My Blues for Today

Today’s Diamine Inkvent calendar color is Upon a Star. This is a dark blue chameleon ink. This ink has a cornflower blue undertone with lots of red sheen and green-blue shimmers. Most of swatches I’ve seen have the lovely green shimmers like T’s swatch on the left. I’ve also seen some blue shimmers.

From the bottom of T’s bottle I can see the green shimmers with tiny bits of blue shimmers as well.

When I first saw Upon a Star and it’s amazing chameleon properties, I thought I would have a hard time coming up with similar swatches. Stargazer popped out at me only for it’s similar shimmers and sheen and not necessarily for the base color.

Ruby Blues would be a close match with the cornflower blue inky color and lovely red sheen. I included True Blue and Blue Moon for those who might prefer less sheen and more blue color.

So far, the Diamine chameleon colors are making it to the top of my wish list.

Ink swatches: Diamine Red Inkvent Ruby Blues and Stargazer (shimmer). Robert Oster True Blue and Blue Moon (shimmer)

Day 12: My Purple Inky Swatches

Today’s Diamine Inkvent color is Memory Lane. This is a beautiful shimmering purple ink. Depending on the lighting is leans a bit towards a rosy color.

Here is T’s swatch for today.

T’s swatches were created with an automatic pen (top) and brush (bottom)

I can see some blue and pink in the underlying colors.

Here’s my swatch selection of colors. When I first saw Memory Lane, my thoughts went immediately to Silver Dawn which also has similar shimmering particles. This looks like a good match. I had to go through last years swatches to see if there were any similar colors. I’ve include Sunset in my initial selection for its similar underlying inky colors.

Here’s an angled picture to show off any shimmering highlights.

Here’s my three choices.

I believe Silver Dawn is a close match to Memory Lane including the silvery shimmers. I had to include Sydney Lavender which happens to be another favorite ink of mine. All three have the blue and pink underlying colors.

Silver Dawn is one of my favorite shimmering inks. It’s a well behaved ink that I’ve used in my fine nib fountain pens for both writing and sketching.

Ink swatches: Diamine Red Inkvent Storm and Night Shade. Robert Oster Silver Dawn (shimmer) and Sydney Lavender. Dominant Industry Sunset (shimmer).

My Pen & Ink Wreath (prompt)

I mentioned in my previous watercolor blog post that I wanted to create a pen & ink wash wreath, but did not have the right colors in my five (5) artsy fountain pens. I decided this morning to “just do it” and see what happens.

Instead of using my normal blue painter’s tape to tape off the edges of my sketch, I’m using my colorful washi tape to create the borders. I found my washi tape has less stickiness than my painter’s tape and reduces the chance of peeling off parts of my paper when removing the tape.

I started my wash sketch using Sydney Lavender for the bow. I made sure to leave a few highlights and not overdue by adding too much ink.

Next I used Steely Days for the greenery. I did a combination of fir and holly leaves and little bit of eucalyptus here and there. I sketched out the leaves and then took my water brush and lightly went over a few lines to create a light wash of color.

The greenery in my wreath is finished.

I could have stopped here, but decided to add some color. I used Cherry Blossom and Mariner 4 and sketched in the berries. I also used Morning Frost to create a few berries as well. Now, my wreath looks a bit fuller.

I wet my paper around the outside edges and corners of my sketch. While my paper was wet, I dropped in small bits of Morning Frost to give my sketch a hazy look.

Inks: Van Dieman’s Ink Morning Frost (shimmering). Robert Oster Sydney Lavender, Cherry Blossom, and Steely Days. Colorverse Mariner4.

Pens: TWSBI GOs with stub 1.1 nibs

Journal: Stillman & Birn Beta softcover A5