Your every-6th-day content note: I understand Advent is a Christian artifact, regardless of its presence in my life and ancestry as a cultural event. I am not Christian, though much of my family is, and I am not happy with the Christianization of secular culture despite having grown up immersed in it. I promise to promote the voices and traditions from religions not my own, and the normalization of calling out when the dominant religious paradigm in America is packaged as secular celebration.
SO! Today’s door….
Day 18’s ink is called “Olive Swirl.”
I tested, as per usual, using a borosilicate glass dip pen in a Maruman Mnemosyne notebook.
Uh, what the heck is this?
So this SHOULD be a pretty ink. It should. But it’s an utterly obnoxious thing to write with. Scratchiest ink so far, and I think one of the most scratchy inks I’ve ever used. Thin, inconsistent strokes and really problematic flow.
If you leave off what it is in the pen, Olive Swirl is a pale, martini-olive green ink with silver shimmer. It’s an interesting combination, and if I didn’t have to scribble so much to get it to do anything, I might have forgiven it.
Not only is it scratchy to write with and really hard to splotch, but it doesn’t create clear or strong lines. All the edges are wavy, which doesn’t bode well for trying to use this in painting. I’m already terrible at creating edges; I don’t need my paints to make that worse.
I feel bad for this ink, because I’d love a “sparkly martini” color that is fun to use. But this one is difficult in such a way that I think this will be relegated to the gift pile.
Next up: Day 19!