Most of you with color ink jet printers have noticed that the printer’s ink cartridges come in cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK) which are the basic ink colors used in printing. Using these colors your printer can produce a beautiful photograph with shades of all different colors.
By mixing these same colors of fountain pen ink, many different shades of ink can also be created. For people like me, who love to use a different color of ink every time they refill their fountain pen, it is great to have these basic colors on hand to make custom ink colors. Ink mixing is also a good way to create special colors that you may not be able to buy off the shelf.
The equivalent of cyan, magenta, yellow and black in the Noodler’s Ink collection are Navajo Turquoise, Shah’s Rose, Yellow and Black. If you like light and bright colors of ink like pink, light lime green or light blue, you might want to add Noodler’s The Whiteness of the Whale ink to your collection. This ink is specially made for ink mixing and making these types of colors.
Using all Noodler’s inks for your ink mixing is an easy way to safely mix ink and minimize the chance of any gunky reactions. We recommend making a test batch of ink before adding it to your fountain pen, and an ink mixing kit or small dropper bottles are convenient ways to do this.
If you’re new to fountain pen ink mixing and want to give it a try, Writer’s Bloc has put together a nice starter kit for creating custom ink colors. This kit includes approximately 1/2 oz each of four basic Noodler’s Ink colors – Navajo Turquoise, Shah’s Rose, Yellow and Black. In the future, we’ll be posting an ink mixing color chart to help you get started on your adventure. Happy ink mixing and please send some of your ink mixing recipes our way!
For more information on CMYK and RGB color models, how they’re different and what their advantages and disadvantages are, take a look at this handy cheat sheet infographic from firstsiteguide.com.
First of all, can I point out that the covers of the Atomic Soda Minilabo and 2 Rouge polypro (short for polypropelene) notebooks are absolutely hilarious? Look at the eyes on that little green alien! I am actually using the "Love" notebook, which states, "product necessary for love." I’m not totally sure what it means, but it’s funny. Really, I fell in love with these notebooks for their covers alone.
Turns out, the cover is only the beginning of how GREAT these notebooks are. The big spiral binding is ultra durable, never snags, and very practical. I use this notebook to take notes, sometimes in places where tables are not readily available so the spiral binding and plastic cover makes writing in my lap totally comfortable. The pages of the notebook are lined on one side and blank on the other, which obviously means you can write and/or draw, but it can be used other ways too. I’ve been using it so that I take notes from a talk or meeting on the lined side, and then use the blank side to write down how I can apply the information to myself. It’s like having a sectioned notebook, but even more convenient! Finally the paper is great. It’s thick and smooth, but not too glossy, which is great for writing with any kind of pen (even the free ones from your insurance agent or school secretary). Overall I am a BIG fan of this notebook cute, funny, and totally practical, what more could a girl ask for?
I have been using the Her Words notebook (part of the Live Inspired collection by Compendium) for a few weeks now, and I must say I am quite fond of it. I use it as my notebook for work so it is packed with notes and ideas written in dozens of different inks. So far the paper has performed fairly well. The only ink that has bleed through is a dark blue ink from a fountain pen that writes wet, otherwise all gel pens, dark pencils, and other inks have stayed where they were meant to be. The college ruled lines are perfect for my medium-small sized handwriting, and the narrow margins allow for maximum page use, which is important to me. Finally, I love that it is lightweight but super durable. I have thrown it in bags, backpacks, and even the backseat of my car, but the semi-hard cover has kept it from harm. In fact, it still really looks brand new! I would definitely recommend this notebook to any of my girlfriends, especially the ones that enjoy inspirational quotes and pretty designs.