I probably won't write these up every month, but I was quite taken with the July 2014 Ink Drop, so wanted to ramble about the inks briefly. Again, please excuse the photo quality, I am still trying to figure out how to take the best ink photos. Natural light is obviously ideal, but didn't get a chance to do that today. Regardless, enjoy the photo and my thoughts! Would love to hear which of these inks you like or have used!
The loudest of American holidays, 4th of July, was the theme for this month's Ink Drop. Two reds and three blues, all exceptionally lovely this time out. One of the nice highlights of this theme is that blues and reds are appropriate for almost everyone's purposes. Both make sense in offices, school, etc.
I've only used two red inks much in the past, Diamine Matador and the insanely beautiful J. Herbin Rouge Hematite, but both of these ink drops are prompting me to explore more reds. The Sheaffer Red seems like a classic red, strong and vibrant. For me the Diamine Poppy Red is the clear favorite though. There's a softness to the Poppy Red that I love, light and airy, perfectly capturing the feel of a field of poppy flowers.
The three blues showcase one of my favorite parts of being a pen and ink addict. Three blues, all very clearly a great match for the theme, but each with subtle variations. Of the two Diamine's, Presidential Blue is my favorite. Both of them are really nice, but I tend towards dustier blues and blue-blacks, so the Royal Blue is just a tad too vibrant for my tastes. The Presidential blue is just the slightest bit more subdued, and I got gorgeous shading with the big smear from my glass dip pen. But for me, the De Atramentis Atlantic Blue is a homerun. Dark and saturated, clearly blue, but a bit darker than the others. In lower light as I'm typing this, the writing itself could pass for black at a glance. I am going to go ahead and ink up a pen with this in the next few days and give it a whirl. Tempted to grab a bottle right away though!