April 17, 2012
I tried out the Sepia and the Umbra inks in this line and was very pleased with
both. When used with dip pen or brush on drawing paper, both inks were highly
pigmented, waterproof even when highly diluted with water (given plenty of time
to dry and set thoroughly), and much more fluid than the Daler-Rowney FW acrylic
inks. This means they were easier to use. Also, the colors of these two inks
were superior; the Umbra is a true, deep burnt-umber color that does not shift
to yellowish shades upon dilution as the FW browns do. The Sepia is what it
should be too, a black-brown that is very similar to watercolor versions.
(Again, the FW ink version isn't really a sepia color and turns yellowish when
I highly recommend at least these two inks from this line - I'll be saving my
nickels for others, because I expect them to be equally fine. I've not seen
them for sale in the US anywhere else, so I thank JetPens for carrying them.
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