Ooh, the colours!

Ink swatch index

I’ve made some ink swatches on cards; this is the index in a Field Notes memo book:
ink swab swatch index 1-2
I used a dip pen for most of these samples and a cotton bud to make the swabs.
ink swab swatch index 3-4
Notes:

  • 1 and 17 – Faded vintage ink.
  • 2 and 43 – Calligraphy ink.
  • 20, 21 and 44 – Diamine special Cult Pens edition.

The Field Notes Finch paper is quite porous and does not show the sheen or shading of the inks as  a heavier paper or card would. It does reveal bleeding and feathering, however! So this list is mainly for colour comparison and to help me to find the swatch.

Best-behaved ink: 26. Only ink with no show-through: 5.

My swatches look like this:

Purple inks
These are made with the dip pen again on Clairefontaine Exacompa record cards. I can see feathering from the Standardgraph ink, even on this heavy 205g card stock. It seems a bit watery without much shading. That one may have to go. The Deep Dark Purple, on the other hand, has a gorgeous green sheen. Can’t wait.

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