I was so hopeful after...
, April 18, 2011
I was so hopeful after reading the good reviews this would be useful white ink
for illustration/manga drawing. I have been very impressed with the Kaimei black
drawing ink, but when I attempted to use this white ink on top of the black, it
was a DISASTER. First, as previous reviews state, shaking well makes the liquid
very bubbly, and these bubbles don't pop easily-- which means that the "white"
lines put onto paper are full of bubbles as well. Dipping brush or nib into the
bottle deeper to get to get a stronger mixture of the ink results only in an
extremely messy tool handle and a marked lack of ink quality improvement.
Second, no matter how dry the black ink underneath it is, the white ink would
mix with the black causing a smeary gray mess. I went over and over it with the
white, waiting ten minutes between layers and have yet to lay down a pure white
line OR get the layers to add together to a pure white. The ink itself does not
seem to adhere well to brush or nib, and so delicate feathering/weighted lines
with it are impossible. The ONLY redeeming factor to this ink is that, unlike
many other white inks I have tried, going over it with black ink is very easy
and does not interfere with redrawing on top of it. Overall, I'm sadly
disappointed. Back to searching for a half-way decent white ink.