Monteverde California Teal Ink is a newer ink from Monteverde’s World of Colors introduced last year. The new World of Ink collection includes 21 regular ink colors, 2 Permanent Documental ink colors in blue and black, and 10 Gemstone ink colors for a total of 33 colors in all. This amazing new collection includes California Teal, a green-blue color unlike most blue-green ink. This darker green color is a nice shade of medium to dark green with a very slight hint of blue.
Monteverde California Teal ink contains Monteverde’s ITF (ink treatment formula) technology. This allows for improved ink flow, quicker dry time and protects against clogging. The ink is a high saturation ink that shows up dark on paper. The ink is manufactured in Europe and is a great value.
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For this review we used Rhodia Bloc paper with a J. Herbin glass dip spiral pen. The dip pen has a tip that is equivalent to a fine fountain pen nib.
Part of the reinvention of Monteverde World of Colors ink collection is releasing a new smaller ink bottle option. Monteverde California Teal ink is currently available in Monteverde’s orginal large 90 ml. glass bottle and also a new smaller square 30 ml. glass bottle. These different bottle sizes allow you to test Monteverde’s new colors at a lower price.
Monteverde California Teal ink is an economical ink option with the new smaller 30 ml. ink bottle retailing for very reasonable $8.00 and the very large 90 ml. bottle for $15.00, which is the price for most imported 30 ml. bottles of ink.
We found a very reasonable 6-7 second dry time while testing Monteverde California Teal ink. Although not the fastest ink we have found on the market, it has a very respectable dry time making it practical for everyday office or home use.
We found absolutely zero bleeding using Monteverde California Teal ink. Even during the cotton swab test at the wettest, there was no bleeding using Rhodia paper.
During normal use, we did not experience any feathering using Rhodia paper. However, during the water test there was substantial feathering noticed which is not uncommon for a non-waterproof ink.
We let a Monteverde California Teal ink sample dry for approximately 3 minutes and after the ink has dreid we run a wet cotton swab over the sample. This test produced significant color smearing, line distortion and feathering. Monteverde California Teal ink is not a waterproof or water resistant ink.
Monteverde California Teal ink will produce some nice shading. The wet lines will produce a dark green line. Lighter green areas with a slight hint of a blue tinge appeared where there was less ink applied. With the right hand, this ink can produce some nice shading.
Conclusion about the Monteverde California Teal ink
Monteverde California Teal ink is a great ink option. It is a very reasonably priced, good value and size. The ink has a reasonably quick dry time and a nice green color. Monteverde inks are well regarded in general with their ITF formula and characteristics. Monteverde California Teal ink is a nice new addition to Monteverde’s World of Color Ink Collection.
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