I’ve been warned about seductive bottles of ink with labels that entice a purchase. That is why I stick to, and love, Higgins Eternal black and sepia. With the ocassional Dr. Martin’s bleedproof white on dark paper, walnut ink with its beautiful shading and water color or gouache I don’t stray too far.
But . . . . . I stumbled on Noodler’s Ink and decided I needed a bottle of Dragon’s Napalm, “The ONLY sepia shading carmine in the history of inks” and the bottle sports an awesome graphic on the label. Watch out now.
Well, I purchased the Dragon’s Napalm and Bulletproof Black. The bottle is so full, it surprised me. The mecurachrome-like ink in my clear dappan dish looked watery. Oh no, seduced.
What a surprise and delight. I used a Brause 3mm edged dip pen on Strathmore sketch practice paper and the ink flows like magic, holds the edge beautifully and shades in the pools. Ahhhh!
But . . . . after three days the ink still smudges. Hmmmmm! Is it the paper, the ink? I wrote Noodler’s to find out and will report when I get a response. I’m trying out the black this weekend and hoping it flows as nice and is as waterproof and lightfast as they claim. I’ll try a better grade paper too.
There are a bunch more juicy colors that I may have to try. Check out www.noodlersink.com for very descriptive content on their philosophy and products.