Pausing for Station Identification: Most of My Swatch Cards

Today is day 3 of the Diamine inky calendar. I’m pausing my blog as I need to spend some time tackling today’s unique chameleon inky color and find some decent matches from my collection.

Speaking of my swatch collection, I wanted to share with my readers what I look at when I typically see a color I’m interested in. Do I have this particular color in my collection? For example, for the first few weeks of December what swatches come close to the daily colors I see. What is the base color? What are the underlying colors? Is there any sheen and how much? If it’s a shimmering, what color(s) do I see?

I process a lot of color information in my head and as a watercolor artist who enjoys mixing paint colors, I tend to see a range of colors that an average person may not see or recognize at first. Okay, let’s get back to my blog post on swatch cards.

I create and keep swatches of the many bottles of inks I have in my collection. The pictures in this blog post does not include the sample ink vials I also have. Awhile back, I’ve stopped swatching the many vials of ink as they were a waste of time for me and resources. If the color did not appeal to me, why create a swatch card?

Let me introduce to you to my largest swatch collection on a rather large binder ring. Here is my Robert Oster Signature swatch ring.

Yes, I am a big fan of Robert Oster inky colors. I’ve lost count on the number of bottles I have. I’ve probably used half of his colors in one of my many pen & ink wash sketches. My RO shimmering colors are at the front of my ring (upper right) and stop at the white Col-o-ring card. This rather large collection is organized by colors. I enjoy using these inks for writing in my journals and for my pen & ink washes on a variety of art paper.

My next largest binder ring is a collection that contains several of my favorite inky manufacturers. This ring is organized by ink manufacturers and colors. This ring includes Birmingham, Colorverse, Diamine, Jacques Herbin, Platinum, Private Reserve, Rohrer & Klingner, Sailor, Taccia, Van Dieman’s Ink, and Vinta Inks. These are the inks I would use for both writing and sketching in my journals and art papers.

My next largest ring contains a smattering of bottles of inks I have, but may not use the ink on a regular basis. Many bottles/colors end up on this ring which I would use for writing in my journals and not necessary use in my inky sketches. This ring is organized by ink manufacturer and color.

Here’s is my swatch family together.

I do have smaller rings of swatch cards. For example I keep all my Red Inkvent swatch cards on a smaller 1″ binder ring. I keep a small ring for my shimmering inks organized by color. That ring includes shimmering inks from various ink manufacturers. My Anderillium test swatches are still in its own ring.

When I have a few minutes later today I’ll try to remember to capture pictures of the other smaller rings I have and update this blog post.

In the meantime, I need to pull out my swatch cards for today’s chameleon inky color.

My TWSBI Swipes!

I was certain that I had wrote about my Swipes in a blog entry from last year. I was not able to find it. I did find a draft and I apparently forgot to hit the publish button. I thought I would take what I wrote last year and combine it with my current post for today. That way you can see the progression and thoughts I had about this pen model from TWSBI. Here we go starting with the blog post that did not get published.

Last Year (August 2021):

I purchased my first two (Smoke & Prussian Blue) at the 2021 DC Pen Show. I had to go to two different pen retailers (Vanness & Lemure Inks) to find my favorite Stub 1.1 nibs. The Swipes sold out quickly during the show.

When I initially had the Swipe in my hand, I was “on the fence” as to whether I liked it or not. That was weird for me. Normally, I know within a minute if I really like the pen or if it’s just okie dokie.

I love what I call my “art” fountain pens with a snap cap. Which is why I enjoy using my TWSBI GOs. My other snap cap go-to pens include the Platinum Preppy and Prefounte and my Pilot Preras. So the Swipe definitely falls into this snap cap category.

The Swipe includes two different types of converters and an ink cartridge. They hold a decent amount of ink, more so than the standard converters and standard ink cartridges. That’s a plus in my book.

The Swipe is 2gms lighter than the GO. The Swipe’s grip is 9mm while the GO’s grip is around 10mm. The Swipe is also a noticeably thinner in the body and not chunky like the GO.

The GO material feels a bit more substantial in my hand and maybe a bit more durable.

It will be interesting to see if TWSBI produces this new model in other colors. I could see going crazy with some bright colors. That’s just my thoughts.

It’s only been a little over a week and I think I need to spend a bit more time with my TWSBI Swipes. Spending some time writing in my journals and sketching with them.

Today:

Apparently, I must have had an inkling or gut instinct that TWSBI would be coming out with Swipes in bright colors.

Now, I have had six months to figure out if I like the Swipes or not. I do like them. I find the Swipes to be a bargain. The pen is packaged with a rather large black ink cartridge. It also comes with two ink converters. One is a traditional twist converter and the other is a spring-loaded/plunger type converter. Like the TWSBI ink cartridge, the converters hold a large amount of ink.

In my Swipes, I prefer to use the spring-loaded plunger type converter. I find it’s easier to fill and clean. That’s one of the reasons why I like my GOs so much with it’s spring plunger.

I was so happy get a brightly colored Swipe pen that I had to do a sketch. I filled my pen with Cornaline d’Egypte.

I managed to get a nice fill of shimmers in my pen.

When I saw that TWSBI was coming out with another Swipe color, I knew I had to get that color as well. When I received this Pear Green pen, I was torn between filling it with Rohrer & Klingner Alt Goldgrun or Colorverse Brane ink. When I use my TWSBIs I tend to fill it with shimmering ink.

I’m sad to admit that it took me a year to open my new bottle of Brane. It’s a beautiful and bright olive green color with a tiny bit of blue sheen and lots of shading. The shimmering particles look like metallic green sparkles. It’s a stunning ink color.

If the shimmers were removed from Brane, I think the remaining color is very close to Alt Goldgrun. They are both gorgeous ink colors and Brane looks to be a tiny bit darker in color.

For me, the shimmering sparkles in Brane makes the ink color a better choice over Alt Goldgrun. Also Brane feels like a wetter ink.

I know a few folks dislike the GOs because they look and feel chunky. I think the Swipe is a great alternative.

Pens: TWSBI Swipes in Smoke, Prussian Blue, Salmon, & Pear Green with Stub 1.1 nibs

Inks: Jacques Herbin Cornaline d’Egypte. Colorverse Brane (Glistening)

Journal: Stillman & Birn Alpha Hardcover 4″x6″

Paper: Rhodia

Currently Inked

Here are my currently inked pens. I’ve been doing well in keeping my goal of having a handful of pens inked at one time. Sometimes a pen friend will ask a question and I’ll immediately ink up a pen to show the writing experience. So far, I’ve managed to keep variety of different ink colors available for my personal writing.

Here’s the list of ink colors:

The Rohrer & Klingner inks are fast becoming one of my favorite ink brands. Their ink colors are vibrant and stunning and they make beautiful ink washes.

Happy Wednesday!

Shimmering Ink Month and My EDWs

Two weeks ago, I had cleaned all of my Everyday Writer (EDW) fountain pens. It didn’t take long before I started to fill them again with different inks. This time it was mostly with shimmering inks.

The first (left) and last two pens (right) are filled with normal inks. The rest have shimmering inks.

Notice in the picture, I have eight EDW pens inked at one time. This is a personal restriction I have placed upon myself. Not to go overboard and have 30 EDW pens inked at one time. I used to do that when I first started out in this crazy rabbit hole. The thought of cleaning 30 pens was overwhelming. It took me awhile to clean 30 pens and at the same time I kept filling my pens with ink. The 30 pens would drop down to 20 and then back up to 30 again.

Last year I set a goal for myself to create good habits. One of them was to only have 10 EDW pens inked at one time. This of course did not include my pens that I use for my artwork. Change is good, right? So far, it looks like it’s working!

Documenting my EDW for future reference. Check out the shimmers!

For those of you following my RO Rose Gold Antiqua shimmering ink adventures, I have paired that ink with my TWSBI Diamond 580 RGII pen. For the second time, this ink has clogged my pen on Day #2. If you remember, my first pen that I paired with this ink clogged as well on Day #2. That was with the Platinum Procyon with a medium nib.

I’m now beyond Day #2 and my TWSBI and Rose Gold Antiqua ink are playing nicely together.

My TWSBI filled with Rose Gold Antiqua

Love my shimmers!

If you’ve noticed, I am no longer calling my currently inked pens EDCs or Everyday Carry. They are now my Everyday Writer or EDW pens.

Looks like I need to create a writing sample with all my currently inked pens I use strictly for my artwork. I better get to it!

Paper used: Rhodia #16 Paper Pad Blank. GLP Creations Journal with Tomoe River Paper Lined.