Wonderful Sepia Ink by mixing Noodler’s and Platinum

Wonderful Sepia Ink by mixing Noodler’s and Platinum

I’d like to share a new wonderful sepia tone ink that I made by mixing two premium inks Noodler’s Black (the bulletproof of course) and Platinum Mix Free Earth Brown. If you want a great ink mixed I strongly believe you have to use two great inks as starting point.

I needed to refill my faithful Pilot V-Pen, the workhorse that I use at work for notes, signing, doodling and every task that a pen can do in the office without any worry. So yesterday after work I took the chance to refill it, it’s so easy, and to change the color of the ink. Why not.
Coincidence, I’m searching for a good brown tone, to use for artistic works and to use for calligraphy or writing. So I took the chance again and this fantastic pen is the first actor.

So I decided to mix the Noodler’s Black, one of the best around, since it’s also bulletproof, and my lovely Platinum Mix Free Earth Brown: you know I love this earthy colored ink, but I needed also something more on the darkest side rather that on the reddish side so I did a first attempt. Roughly, I mixed the darkest color in smaller proportion into the lighter color, as normal color would do.
I think I did it so okay at the first attempt that I really feel very very satisfied and I will look no further for a brown or sepia.
The color obtained is a wonderful sepia, or a dark chocolate or like a burnt umber with a pinch of ivory black. I really love it, and today at work I’m finding any excuse to write and doodle today and the more I write, the more I love this color.

More I will let you see more on this picture I took this picture.
For the writing I used the Noodler’s Ahab Flex fountain pen for the Platinum Mix Free earth Brown  and a Rotring Art pen for the Noodler’s Black.

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I even used my Pilot V-Pen without the metal nib. Just the feeder straight, jus to have a line like a marker. Very bold so to show more

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So finally I went writing with the fountain pen refilled. A very nice flow!

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In conclusion I get crazy for this ink, at the first attempt! Yeah! It flows nicely, it’s not bleeding even on this cheapo paper from a common notebook you can find for 20c.
The color is dark, deep and pleasant. More, it should be almost bulletproof, smearing just a bit on not seized paper. Perfect.

Sorry for the ugly pictures taken with my phone but I think you can see from here the beauty of this color. I will post later a sketching done with this ink, few minutes later.


How to refill a Pilot V-Pen (V4) Disposable Fountain Pen

How to refill a Pilot V-Pen disposable fountain pen

After receiving more than a question on how to refill a Pilot VPen (V4) Disposable Fountain Pen (or Varsity in the US market) disposable fountain pen I catch this chance on my blog to post some useful information.

But first let me spread some words about this fountain pen. Disposable fountain pen.
First of all we are talking about the Pilot VPen (V4) Disposable Fountain Pen. This is a great fountain pen, probably the better (disposable) fountain pen under 5 bucks available worldwide.
Or at least can come with Platinum Preppy that has two nib choices and it’s refillable with cartridge or to be transformed into an eye dropper pen (but this will be another story).It comes only with a medium nib, and it writes always smoothly as silk. It could be also the first fountain pen if you want to start to taste the world of fountain pens. It writes as silk in almost every paper and the combination ink and nib is pretty wet.
I like wet nibs and inks. The nib is not springy but I don’t care, I’m not doing calligraphy. The most important thing is that it writes and writes well and smoothly like more pricey pens.
That I will still continue to buy of course.

So… why I have to refill this pen? Why taking a lot of effort to refill this pen when it is disposable? Personally I do it for fun first, I think I can refill it for several times until it will leaks. Second, I refill this pen because I can play more freely with it:  I have battlefield fountain pen that I use mainly at work with Noodler’s Black Ink, next time I will do some ink mixing with it. Third: a small recycling does good for the environment.

Filling this small jewel is really easy, just we have to dismantle it with some care. Clean, refill with your favorite ink, re-assemble.
Here what’s needed: a kind of pliers with small noses, a piece of rag or paper. For instance I used my Leatherman sidekick and a piece of paper.

Here it is:

  • Grab firmly the sides of the nib with the pliers with. Use some paper or rag to avoid too much scratching.
  • Pull off the nib from the sides with some force and you will hear a click. The nib and the feeder are now detached. Still pulling will free out all the feeding compartment.
  • Now you can detach even the steel nib from the feeder with the same technique as above. Pretty easy, you just have to hold the feeder with a hand: the other will grab the sides of the feeder
  • Clean everything with warm soapy water and let dry all the sections if you want. I did it but it’s obviously optional

Pilot V-pen dismantled

After everything is dried you can go for the refilling of the Pilot. Or you can hack even more the feedback as per your choice. For the refill just use your favorite ink: you have to refill the barrel with a syringe, with a eye dropper, with a teaspoon or with a drinking straw. Use what you have and your imagination. Then…

  • Slide the nib over the feeder
  • Insert the feeder firmly and straight into the barrel until you hear a pleasant click.
  • Start sketching or doodling or chicken scratching. our choice.
  • I used to make the ink barrel transparent just rubbing hardly it against the corners of my desktop  covered with simple photocopiers paper or bad prints. But use whatever you have in hand, even rubbing the barrel against the corner of a magazine works.

So now you know how to refill a Pilot VPen (V4) Disposable Fountain Pen. Simpler to do than to describe here in this post. 🙂

I have also did a little hacking the nib feeder after the refilling of this pen, to better accommodate the flow of Noodler’s Black Ink that is some what viscous than the original ink.

Pilot V-pen re assembled and filled

Have fun!

Sketching at the dentist

Sketching at the dentist

Even sketching at the dentist! In these days I feel like unstoppable!
Yesterday another full afternoon at the dentist. Me first and later my wife.

I was with my wife, and so the doctor was curing her slowly. Obviously going slowly, my wife cannot talk for obvious reasons: great match for sketching the doctor operating. 🙂

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I sketched very quickly, and between pause showing the becoming results to my audience there. I was reluctant to do it but she wanted also to make a picture so it’s okay. More over the time while sketching fled so fast…

I did this sketching not using my grab bag but using my Micro Kit. I wasted my cheap pigmented pen because I left it uncapped so I used my Pilot V-Pen (Varsity in US markets), that probably is the best disposable fountain pen in the world. But the ink, excellent for any use, is quite average for art because it smudges a bit as you can see here. Than I did just a couple of washes with my watercolors of my micro kit (6 colors are quite enough…) and et voilà!
I hope you will like it!