Organics Studio inks are handcrafted in Maryland, USA, by Tyler Thompson, who has become an ink guru in the industry, producing new and exciting ink colors and varieties. His inks come in several different series such as Masters of Writing, Masters of Science and Element series of inks. The newest line, Organics Studio Amino Acid inks is a shimmer ink series released in 2018.
Each new Organics Studio ink color in this new series is based upon an amino acid. The Organics Studio Arginine ink has been named after the amino acid Arginine, which is useful in the body to open up blood vessels, including those in the heart. Arginine ink, Organics Studio’s version of this amino acid, is a vibrant orange color with pink shimmer added. The effect is quite interesting and unique. The ink is perfect for letter, note, journal and other home uses. The orange color shows up dark and has medium to high saturation.
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During our review of Organics Studio Arginine ink we found the following traits, which you may find helpful when choosing your next ink color:
We used Rhodia dot pad paper with a French made J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen for our review of for our review of Organics Studio Arginine ink. The J. Herbin glass dip pen has a tip that is similar to a fine fountain pen nib.
Organics Studio inks come in a standard large mouth plastic 55 ml. bottle. Each bottle is simply labeled with a white sticker containing the letters “Arg” on the front. The box is corrugated cardboard with an interesting label including the Arginine chemical structure on the front.
Organics Studio Arginine ink retails for $16.00, but is available at Pen Chalet for less than full retail price. Organics Studio inks are lower mid-ranged priced inks, well regarded and a good value, especially for an America made hand-crafted ink.
Although Organics Studio Arginine ink has medium to high saturation, it still has a very quick dry time. During our review of Organics Studio Arginine ink we found a dry time of approximately 5 seconds, which is very quick for shimmering ink. Using other paper and writing instruments may produce different results.
During normal use we found no color bleeding or show through using Rhodia paper. However, during our cotton swab test, where we used a large amount of ink, we found a very slight color show through but no actual bleeding.
During normal use we found no feathering or line distortion. Even during the water test we only found slight line distortion and feathering, making Organics Studio Arginine ink one of those few non-waterproof inks that hold up pretty well during the water test.
During our review of Organics Studio Arginine ink we conducted a water test by running a wet cotton swab over the dried ink sample. Organics Studio Arginine ink is not a waterproof ink but it held up quite well, with some light color smearing and slight line distortion. Overall, it held up quite well.
Shading and Shimmer
Organics Studio Arginine ink provides some shading opportunities with a dark orange color at its wettest points to a light soft orange with dryer lines. In addition to the shading, Organics Studio Arginine ink is a shimmering ink, with a light purple-pink shimmer contained in the vibrant orange color. You can control the amount of shimmer based upon how well you shake the ink bottle prior to filing your fountain pen, or using your dip pen.
Conclusion about the Organics Studio Arginine Ink
Shimmering inks are not for everyone, but the combination contained in Organics Studio Arginine ink is very unique and is sure to please. It has great characteristics, fast dry time, economically priced, and holds up well on Rhodia paper even under the water test. Organics Studio Arginine ink would be a perfect letter, journal or note writing ink. As with any sheening or shimmering ink its important to clean your fountain pen periodically to avoid unwanted clogging. Pen Chalet pen flush is a great tool to make this a simple periodic task. We carry all Organics Studio ink colors and are happy to see the new shimmering Amino Acid Series of inks.
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