I haven’t been able to attend a pen show this year yet, but I’ve seen some coverage of the shows and one of the new inks that intrigues me are collections from Anderillium Inks. Ana purchased the Cephalapod Series collection and let me play with it. Today I’m taking a look at Flying Squid Blue ($14.50 for 1.5oz).
You know I love a good blue, and if it’s got a hint of teal to it, I’m always in! Flying Squid Blue is a rich, deep, dark ocean blue.
The ink is lovely. It’s very Goldilocks-like, not too wet, not too dry. At points it is very, very dark, but I do think you could get some shading in this one, as you can see a bit in my tests of different dip nib sizes.
In terms of comparisons, there are many that are close, but nothing that is quite right? Robert Oster True Blue is a bit of a match in the lighter sections, but doesn’t have the same depth. Colorverse Supernova is bang on in the lighter sections, but it’s dark aren’t rich enough. Robert Oster Soda Pop Blue is not quite right either. And Organics Studio Nitrogen Blue obviously has the sheen going on, but it comes close. It may be hard to tell, but I don’t have anything that’s exactly the same shade.
The Cephalapod Series has a bunch of other wonderful colors – I’m going to swatch Flapjack Octopus Orange and Bobtail Squid Green before I give them back to Ana. The only color I would love to add is something purple!
- Papers: Maruman Mnemosyne N182A Inspiration Notebook A5 ($10.50), Crossfield Journal ($24.00)
- Pen: Delike Glass Signature Pen ($37.80)
- Swatches: Col-o-Ring Ink Testing Book ($10) and Col-o-Dex Rotary Cards ($15)
- Inks: Anderillium Inks Flying Squid Blue ($14.50 for 1.5oz).
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