Review: Robert Oster Marrone Mustard


Robert Oster Marrone Mustard

I was thinking about which Robert Oster ink to review next and I decided to do Marrone Mustard. I was really expecting something more on the yellow side, as in the commercial mustard that we commonly find in the condiments section of the grocery store. When I put my pen on paper, though, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it’s predominantly brown. A quick Google search on the word Marrone informed me that it’s Italian for brown. The Marrone Mustard ink is a brown mustard color, which is a nice golden brown. It’s pretty striking, especially because it has such expressive shading.

Robert Oster Marrone Mustard

It looks gorgeous on paper, especially in person. The shades of the ink ranges from a soft mustard yellow to a warm brown. I suggest you use a wet medium nib so you can appreciate the shading and the complexity of the color even more. It reminds me of the color of leaves turning. The ink grows a little bit darker a few hours after it dries up on paper. I’ve tried it on my journal which has ivory colored Tomoe River paper and my oh my, it’s gorgeous.

The flow is almost moderate but a tiny bit on the dry side. It’s also not very water resistant, making it a nice ink to use for pen and wash drawings. The water brings out more of the reddish component of the brown tones, though. The wash looks more orange-y than brown or yellow.

Here are a few close ups of the writing samples:

Robert Oster Marrone Mustard

Robert Oster Marrone Mustard

Robert Oster Marrone Mustard

Robert Oster Marrone Mustard

Robert Oster Marrone Mustard

Robert Oster Marrone Mustard

Robert Oster Marrone Mustard

Overall, I find this ink very, very beautiful. I must add it to my personal collection. It’s the kind of ink I want to write many letters and journal entries with.

Robert Oster inks are exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Everything Calligraphy.

Review: Robert Oster River of Fire


Robert Oster River of Fire

Here’s another Robert Oster ink from a batch of samples sent by the nice people of Everything Calligraphy. It’s called River of Fire, and at first I was surprised because I was expecting something blue, then I realized that the name is “River”, not “Sea” or “Ocean”. It’s a deep, rich, forest green color, sometimes leaning towards blue green, and a nice red sheen. It’s quite an attractive color, especially in person. It reminded me of Sailor Tokiwa Matsu, except the base color is a bit lighter than Tokiwa’s which is sometimes hard to distinguish from black when used with wet nibs because of how dark a shade of green it is. This ink is highly saturated green, but it not too dark as to make it an ambiguous shade.

Robert Oster River of Fire

As is the case with many dark-colored inks, the shading is not too expressive, though there’s definitely some shading there. What’s more noticeable is the red sheen. It really gives the color a nice contrast. That dark but shimmery halo that makes the lines almost luminous under certain kinds of light.

I would put the flow of this ink at a hair over medium with a stub nib. I’m happy I decided to use a stub nib for this review because the personality of this ink really shone through with a wet, stubby writer. Like the other Robert Oster inks I tried, it has a very nice flow that is a touch over moderate without being watery. It dries to a darker shade that is still vibrant and really eye-catching, with the red halo becoming more pronounced. Under natural light, it makes the ink looks like its edges are on fire.

The ink isn’t water proof. It’s not very water-resistant as well, so people who like to do ink and wash artworks will certainly enjoy this aspect of the ink’s characteristics.

Here are a few close ups of the writing sample on Tomoe River paper:

Robert Oster River of Fire

Robert Oster River of Fire

Robert Oster River of Fire

Robert Oster River of Fire

Robert Oster River of Fire

Robert Oster River of Fire

Overall, I enjoyed trying this ink out! The flow is pleasantly wet, the hue is gorgeous, and the red sheen gives it that wonderful look on paper.

Robert Oster inks are exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Everything Calligraphy.

Review: Robert Oster Blue Denim


Robert Oster Blue Denim

The wonderful people at Everything Calligraphy sent over a few samples of Robert Oster Signature inks, and I’m eager to try them all out! It’s very noticeable that Robert Oster make beautiful blue inks, so vibrant that the color jumps out at you from the paper. I was expecting a “Blue Denim” ink to be more on the blue black side, but this is a brilliant blue, much like turquoise. It’s a beach-y color that looks so happy, you can’t help but smile when you look at it. It’s also nicely saturated, so it’s not difficult to read. It looks like a great standard ink for daily use. In person, it has pronounced shading.Here’s what it looks like in my Elias pen and ink journal:

Robert Oster Blue Denim

There’s a slight red sheen on it, not too pronounced, but if you use a wet nib you can see the halo around some parts of the letters. I love ink with subtle sheen like this. It makes your strokes on paper look more like painted-on letters. The contrast between light  blue, dark blue, and red sheen on this ink is just beautiful.

I would put the flow at a medium to wet. It’s not extremely wet, but it does take a little over 20 seconds to dry on Tomoe River paper, using a medium nib. There’s very little water resistance here, a few seconds after letting the water droplets sit on paper, it all but washed away most of the ink. Leaving a very pale blue outline. It makes for nice pen and wash drawings, though.

Here are a few close ups of the writing samples:

Robert Oster Blue Denim

Robert Oster Blue Denim

Robert Oster Blue Denim

Robert Oster Blue Denim

Robert Oster Blue Denim

Robert Oster Blue Denim

I love that even after sitting a few days, the ink doesn’t look dull after it dries. It remains vibrant on paper, close to how vibrant it was after writing. I used to dislike blue inks, but after trying a few that are interesting to look at, I’ve become a fan of the color. Robert Oster’s blue inks is a great place to start if you’re looking for interesting, great-flowing blues.

Robert Oster inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Kyo Iro and Kyo No Oto Roundup


Kyo Iro and Kyo No Oto Inks

The past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of trying out all the different colors of Kyo Iro and Kyo No Oto. It was really a lot of fun, and while I enjoyed trying all of them out, a few of them really stood out for me as my favorites.

Kyo Iro Soft Snow of Ohara

Kyo-Iro Inks - Soft Snow of Ohara

I really love this blue. I don’t think I have a similar shade of it in my ink collection. It’s a mellow kind of blue that has purple tones. It really pops out of the page for me, I love seeing an entire page written with this ink. Simply lovely.

Kyo Iro Moonlight of Higashiyama

Kyo-Iro Inks - Moonlight of Higashiyama

This one’s really easy to like. It’s a beautiful shade of terracotta, and it stays so vibrant on the page. The shading is so expressive too.

Kyo No Oto Kokeiro

Kyo No Oto Kokeiro

No surprises here, I guess? It’s a light olive green ink that has beautiful shading. It flows a bit on the dry side, but works beautifully with the right pen.

Kyo No Oto Yamabukiiro

Kyo No Oto Yamabukiiro

I am quite surprised that I ended up liking this ink so much. I’m not big on yellow inks at all. In fact, I don’t think I have any yellow inks. This one’s a beautiful, earthy yellow though. You need to see this in person, on paper, to fully appreciate how beautiful it is.

Overall, both lines have really interesting colors. The collection is quite varied and the inks have their own personalities, so to speak. I had such a great time reviewing them, thanks to the wonderful people at Everything Calligraphy for the samples.

Ink Swabs Kyoto Inks

Kyoto inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Here’s a roundup of all the Kyoto Inks I have reviewed:

Kyo No Oto Imayouiro


Kyo No Oto Imayouiro

The last Kyo No Oto ink that I will review is this cute pink ink called Imayouiro. It’s an intense pink when wet but it dries to a more mellow, suitably saturated pink. Dark enough to be easily readable, but also light enough to look a bit delicate on paper. It’s not a screaming neon pink color, but something that would look nice with calligraphy or in combination with other darker inks on a page.

The flow is pretty wet on a medium nib. It’s also quite well-behaved. It’s not all over the place, doesn’t feather or bleed through. It dries relatively fast at 15 seconds or so. It’s not water resistant. It’s got beautiful shading, though not really what I would call expressive or with a complex range of colors. It’s a pretty standard, nice-flowing, saturated pink ink. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample.

Kyo No Oto Imayouiro

Kyo No Oto Imayouiro

Kyo No Oto Imayouiro

Kyo No Oto Imayouiro

Kyo No Oto Imayouiro

Kyoto inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Here’s a roundup of all the Kyoto Inks I have reviewed:

Review: Kyo-Iro Flaming Red of Fushimi


Kyo-Iro Flaming Red of Fushimi

Here’s the last of the Kyo-Iro line of Kyoto Inks that I’ve tried. The next inks linked up for review are all Kyo No Oto inks. This one’s called Flaming Red of Fushimi. At first I was surprised because it was neither flaming nor red when wet. The ink’s color got darker as it dried, and under natural light, the red component is much more obvious. It does start out as a cross between pink and peach, like the color of pink guava flesh or four seasons juice. Pink that leans more on the red side. When in a low-light surrounding, the ink looks less-saturated and more pink, but in natural light, it does become a more pronounced shade of red. The color is pretty interesting in both cases. I don’t think I have tried an ink that is similar in hue. It’s eye-catching, to say the least. It’s a moderately saturated ink, so I would recommend that you use it with a medium nib at least, or something that writes wet, so that you can appreciate the character of the ink. The shading is expressive and gorgeous, with shades of peach and dark pink. It flows a bit drier than moderate, though not unpleasantly so. I just feel it’s not as wet as the other Kyo-Iro inks I tried. The drying time is more or less the same, about 15 seconds. It’s not water resistant. Here are a few close up shots of the writing sample.

Kyo-Iro Flaming Red of Fushimi

Kyo-Iro Flaming Red of Fushimi

Kyo-Iro Flaming Red of Fushimi

Kyo-Iro Flaming Red of Fushimi

Kyo-Iro Flaming Red of Fushimi

Kyo-Iro Flaming Red of Fushimi

Kyoto inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Here’s a roundup of all the Kyoto Inks I have reviewed:

Review: Kyo-Iro Cherry Blossoms of Keage


Kyo-Iro Cherry Blossoms of Keage

Gosh, look at that. That is a purrty shade of pink. Cherry blossoms come in a range of colors, from pure white with the faintest hint of pink to dark pink, yellow, purple, and even green. This color of Kyo-Iro ink reminds me of pink cherry blossoms because the shading is expressive and shows a range of pinks, like the blossoms. The ink is sufficiently saturated enough to make it easy to read, but I find the color so delicate and refined.

The flow is moderate; not too dry, not too wet. It’s well-behaved and pleasant to write with. It dries in about 15 seconds (using a European medium nib on Tomoe River paper), and it’s not water resistant. I like that the vibrancy of the ink doesn’t fade after several days. The color didn’t go flat or dull.

Pink ink lovers will definitely love this shade. Here are a few close-ups of my writing sample:

Kyo-Iro Cherry Blossoms of Keage

Kyo-Iro Cherry Blossoms of Keage

Kyo-Iro Cherry Blossoms of Keage

Kyo-Iro Cherry Blossoms of Keage

Kyo-Iro Cherry Blossoms of Keage

Kyo-Iro Cherry Blossoms of Keage

Overall, you may not be able to use it for work or exams, or anything like that, but it’s a cute ink for journal-writing and other creative purposes.

Kyoto inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Here’s a roundup of all the Kyoto Inks I have reviewed: