In collaboration with Warner Bros. Entertainment, Montegrappa now has a collection of writing inks celebrating the magic of Harry Potter.
These six fountain pens ink samples were very kindly sent to me by Anja at Papier & Stift, and come in a selection of colours keenly associated with the world of Harry Potter including: Gryffindor Red, Slytherin Green, Ravenclaw Blue, Hufflepuff Yellow, Knight Bus Purple and Thestral Black.
The packaging is easily recognisable with Harry Potter branding.
Thestral Black – A very dark even black with no chromo at all. A very slight copper brown reaction to bleach.
Hufflepuff Yellow – A flat yellow with no chromo. A decent reaction to bleach burning out a dirty white.
Knight Bus Purple – A rich purple that bleeds out pink when added to a wetted paper surface. A neon white reaction to bleach.
Slytherin Green – A rich deep rich green that spreads with intensity when added to a wetted paper surface and then bleeds out a thin cyan. A dull gold reaction to bleach.
Ravenclaw – A blue grey blue that bleeds out greys and light cyan when added to a wetted paper surface. Beautiful chromo opportunities. See example below. A neon white reaction to bleach in the less ink dense areas.
Gryffindor Red – A dark crimson red that bleeds out evenly when added to a wetted paper surface. No chromo. A gold reaction to bleach.
For me, Ravenclaw Blue is the hero here, with lovely chromo effects. The papers used are Bockingford Rough and Bockingford Hot Press with a Zebra G nib in holder and a Noodler’s Creaper pen. Water applied with a synthetic hair watercolour brush. Ink and bleach applied with a synthetic hair rigger brush.
AND HEY! If you’re interested to know more about how to use fountain pen inks in more creative ways – whether it’s simply to observe their chromatic behaviours, or, to recreate one of my swatch cards, or, to learn how to use them in watercolour painting, illustration and calligraphy, why not check out my online course ?