Many thanks to Ferris Wheel Press for sending me another four newly released inks to swatch test.
Ferris Wheel Press is a design and stationery company based in Markham, Ontario, Canada, and have been making fine stationery for over ten years. Of significant interest to me is that this is the first ink producer that is offering the consumer an ‘experience’. It’s not just the ink that’s the hero here – the bottle and printed box are all equally as important as the stories behind each individual ink.
Creative marketing aside, what these four inks demonstrate to me is the depth of ink type within the Ferris Wheel Press range. The previous four inks were very delicate with shading qualities. In total contrast, these four inks comprise of three fairly serious shimmers and a deep dark sheener.
The inks supplied are:
Queen and Castle from the Down the Rabbit Hole collection – based around an Alice in Wonderland theme which is part of the FerriTales range. This is a rich bright olive green with a gold shimmer.
Glimmering Griege is part of the Paper Tree collaboration. This is a warm grey with great chromo and a serious gold shimmer with good overall coverage.
Chidon Cherry Blossom is part of the Paper Tree collaboration. This is a dusty warm pink with subtle chromo and a rose shimmer which I have to say is not very stable when dry and as a fine powder will stick to anything that it comes into contact with. This also the first ink colour that doesn’t match the colours used on the packaging.
Dearest Navy is part of the Paper Tree collaboration. This is a very dark navy blue with a great tonal range and dark red sheen.
If you like what you see and are tempted to try something out, Ferris Wheel Press have given me a discount code that will get you 10% discount off any of their products plus there is 20% discount available for a limited period so that is 30% in total if you want it. All you have to do is click here and use NICK as the code. Enjoy their website and have fun!
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 or, even better, sign up for a workshop?