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Swatching Magenta Inks

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Magenta swatches

Searching for peace. Swatching magentas.

When I was a kid, I heard about the movie To Sir, With Love so many times, but I couldn’t make sense of the title. Every time I would hear it, I thought “sir” was somehow a verb…. “to sir” like to dance with love. Of course, sir is not a verb. I was trying to somehow fit it into a box that made sense to me as an infinitive, “to [verb].” It confused me for years. Seeing it, of course, and understanding the role of the comma, makes a world of difference.

I don’t know why that popped in my head. I typed in “Swatching Magenta,” and all of the sudden, I had this sense that there was something “parallel” to that in my awareness.  To sir with love. Funny, how the brain works and how language works.

I did, indeed, swatch magenta inks this week. I am still learning (on the fly) a lot about making videos and what I can manage with the free tools I have. In the video editing process, this means I am trying all kinds of things within the free editor I am using to try and simulate other things…. like zooming in and out. These are not automatic processes at all, and it actually takes a bit of creative tinkering to get something that even approaches this. So, every video is a step on a learning path.

I finally gave in and ordered an ink that I’ve debated about for longer than is sane. And then I spontaneously ordered a second one. So, with two new inks on hand and several similar samples, I thought I would do a comparison of these magenta inks. When I decided to do this video, I thought I would swatch these inks for the first time and start a process of swatching fountain pen inks, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. (These swatches will all go into my Notion database for inks, too.)

Unfortunately, the (index) card I decided to try for swatching (because I have a stack of nice, sturdy index cards I used for ICAD), ended up feathering horribly. I went with it and made the best of it. It was still really nice to see the different blocks of ink and how they compared when looking at them all together at the same time. I really like all of these inks. It entertains me greatly to use them all in my illustrated journal for #illustrateyourweek as well as for random and daily notes, lists, etc.

Magenta fountain pen ink swatches and q-tip samples

When filming these, I never seem to say all the things I mean to say. But, that’s true with podcasting, too. I’m still enjoying the process, and I hope you might enjoy seeing these samples, too. My magenta journey started with a sample of Diamine Deep Magenta that I already had when I decided that magenta was something I wanted. I love the color, and that set me off looking at what else might be similar. I’ve tried some other samples, especially Colorverse, in this color range, but I didn’t have any of them out when I did this video. I think I’m really happy with the ones I have now. The two new Noodler’s inks really filled the gap!

The Inks

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  1. Noodler’s Cactus Fruit Eel
  2. Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo
  3. Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses
  4. Diamine Deep Magenta
  5. Diamine Syrah
  6. Monteverde Gratitude
  7. J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen
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