Bracing myself a bit for today’s door opening……….
Day 9’s ink is called “Cardinal.”
I tested, as per usual, using a borosilicate glass dip pen in a Maruman Mnemosyne notebook. The paper in the Mnemosyne is good for sheening inks but isn’t as thin as Tomoe River, making it easier to use a sharp glass pen.
Cardinal is BRIGHT. It’s a pure, saturated, bright red with no shading and no other tones. It’s brighter than a cardinal’s red. I had to take the above photo with all the shades drawn. But as bright as Cardinal is, it’s also dark enough that it’s easy to read.
It’s a slightly wet ink that is a little hard to control, but it didn’t spot like… *ahem* the prior ink.
It also doesn’t spread well – it really wants to stick where you put it, like someone wanted a lipstick experience in ink form. Which is kind of cool! A neat artistic choice, if that was deliberate. And it is very pretty, like a bright red lipstick on someone who rocks it.
I’m looking forward to using this in painting alongside the Spiced Apple ink, but I don’t think it’s full-bottle-worthy (which is a lil phrase from my perfumista days).
(Interesting how ink seems to be satisfying the mental niche that perfume and makeup used to for me….)
Next up: Day 10!