Tuesday, February 21, 2012

De Atramentis Mark Twain Ink

Looking through Art Brown the other day I came across this De Atramentis "historical persons" ink named for Mark Twain and described as Kermesin Red, or crimson. The above picture shows the Mark Twain on the left, with another of my favorite De Atramentis red inks, Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, on the right.

I think this is a great way to show the difference between the crimson Mark Twain color, which in the cooler red-blue range, and the Conan Doyle ink, which tends to scarlet and definitely shows red-yellow. The Mark Twain is different, something that really stands out from many of the reds I have, which tend to be warmer toned.

Drying time on the Mark Twain is average, not particularly fast or show. The ink isn't water resistant, so you're talking watercolor if you get your writing wet. Looking for a beautiful red-blue ink? This might be your best choice.