collage for January Ink Drop 2013

I’m a little late to the party with the reveal of the January Ink Drop from Goulet Pens but you’ll forgive me, won’t you? The more I think about this set, the more I like it. The theme for January was the Aurora Borealis which I think is a great idea for January — to think of the bright color-shifting skies on those long dark nights. But the more I delve into these colors, the more I am just pleased with the mix of colors and how unusual they are.

As you all know, I am always looking for the perfect shade of green and the DeAtramentis Moss Green has an awful lot to recommend it. Its in the yellow-green side of the spectrum which I prefer and its not so light that it would be unreadable. Its a perky springy green.

The Diamine Majestic Purple is quite a royal purple — more purple than violet. I’m not inclined to choose a vivid purple ink but this is one I might use.

The Noodler’s Rome Burning is the most unusual ink color I’ve seen. Its not brown, sepia or yellow. It has a sort of mustard hue which I keep looking at, trying to discern its hue. The closest ink comparison I could make is the DeAtramentis Gold in the July 2012 Ink Drop: Olympics Edition. According to Noodler’s, Rome Burning is a bulletproof ink that turns purple when submerged in water. Check out the video on the Noodler’s site to see how it works and amuse yourself with the Indiana Jones-style epic soundtrack. Talk about a crazy ink!

Noodler’s Borealis Black is a very deep black, the blackest of black. According to Noodler’s site, this is a 1950s-formulation and it is water-resistant but not bulletproof. It is a wet ink so I put it into my Pilot Prera which is very fine nib and worked fine.

Now, can I wax rhapsodic about the Diamine Eau de Nil? The name translates to Water of the Nile and its a teal blue with a little black in it. This is a color in my wheelhouse. The closest comparison I can make is to DeAtramentis Pigeon Blue but its more turquoise while Eau de Nil is leaning more towards a blue black.

Needless to say that Eau de Nil was my favorite color in this collection though I am amused with the wild color-changing properties of Noodler’s Rome Burning.

See larger photos of each ink test in my Flickr Set.

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