Ink Swatch Art: Colorverse Colorspace Hubble-C Swatch Art Card

We also know some folks who create ink swatches so beautifully they could be considered art. Well Colorverse has tried to make some “out of this world” space art with their new Colorverse Colorspace Swatch Art Cards ($6-7 for 30 cards). Printed on Colorverse’s 200 gsm Nebula Paper, these cards reveal cool space themed designs when you apply ink. Each card measures 3.75″ x 5.75″ (9.5cm x 14.5cm)

I had a pack of the Hubble C Swatch Art Cards. This pack contains 2 designs. I went ahead and swatched inks based on the inks I swatched with the Wearingeul cards, just for comparison’s sake, although I think telescopes and planets on the Colorverse cards make them sort of incomparable?

These are really cool and could be used as wall or bulletin board art, postcards or more. But are they useable as swatches? That’s the only area where I’m not sure these cards shine. One of the best things about color swatch cards are that they can be used to inventory what inks you have in your collection, or what new inks look like. I use both my Col-o-Ring and Col-o-Dex cards because they are portable and can be stored either on a ring or in a Rolodex. They’ve accompanied me to pen shows when I’m considering purchasing new inks. I’m just not quite sure what to do with these larger cards. Photo album? Send as postcards to friends?

The cards do seem to show the inks somewhat accurately, as the comparisons to Wearingeul and Col-o-ring/Col-o-dex show. However, Robert Oster’s Fire & Ice is entirely missing any hint of red on the Colorverse Ink Card. The other issue I have is that, as you can see, ink washing causes the cards to curl. This could potentially be fixed with a long session under a heavy book though!

What do you think? Could you find a place for these in your swatching materials?

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  1. Hi,

    I was wondering if you tried any of the Colorverse inks with sheening properties? It would be sad if their own cards don’t fully display sheening qualities.

    For me not showing sheen is a definite no buy.

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