Three new colours to check out.
December 5th brings us Harmony, a standard ink. This one strikes me as a twilight colour – a dusky purple, or a purple toned grey if you prefer. Quite a noticeable difference from Ash a few days ago in colour but the same sort of tone and wetness.
December 6th brings us Winter Spice, which is a shimmer & sheen. This one reminds me quite a bit of the Laurentian pencil crayon #11 Chestnut. It is the colour of cloves, black caradmom, and vanilla beans. A deep, rich brown that is nearing black. The shimmer is a bit more subtle than that of tempest, and it has a great blue tone sheen to it. This one felt like a drier ink than most of the others.
and December 7th brings us Candle Light, another standard ink. I expected something more like Gold Star from the 2019 Inkvent, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was a standard ink. It is a rich, warm yellow orange and has some nice shading to it. I quite like this ink… it reminds me of when I first saw Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-gaki (Persimmon). In the bottle I wasn’t sure what it was going to be – but it’s a gorgeous colour on paper. One of my favourites so far.
As always… your mileage will vary.
The bottle are definitely interesting this year – they will store easier than the round glass ones, and being plastic I would guess had an impact on shipping – both the reduction of weight, and the hope (?) that the bottles shouldn’t explode in the cold. Each one is also sealed in a shrink-wrap plastic wrapper – which I have to admit I have struggled with some days. It’s pretty heavy stuff, and doesn’t have a perforation line, but beats having to worry about leaking for sure.
Last note – the three small swatches are done by laying down the 3 swatches, and then going over the left and center again so it is 3 passes, 2 passes, and the right side with one. Just to try and get a sense of how it may lay down with drier or wetter nibs.