Monday, June 3, 2013

Diamine's oxblood ink

I have been writing with diamine's "oxblood" ink for a week now and must say that it has completely filled my expectations.
diamine's "oxblood" ink contributing some punctuation to my lunchtime note taking at work.s
for some time now, i have been wanting to purchase a blood red ink with some character (variations of color when overlapped or laid down thicker). this is an ink that will be used for daily notebook writing and design work.

 a red on white has an impact that i have always been partial too.
when i was very young i remember my grandparents had a red & white china set in their farmhouse . many pieces were actually hung on the wall in their kitchen. i admired them in this presentation. as if they had been elevated to the status of a great painting or a family portrait.
later on, this carried over to my fancy for japanese overglaze copper red enameling on porcelain or the akae drawings over a creamy white glaze covering light stoneware.
even watching the cornhusker play is but red & white.

red has a presence that many other colors simply do not.
at the most base level, this is a blood on skin sort of exclamation and in the right context has a great value to it. 
a value similar to the saying, "working till your hands bleed".
it is not really about the blood but about the hard work. and hard work too often has some blood mixed in with it.

a final note that this aesthetic appreciation i way beyond my simple life and notice,
 "oxblood red" has been around for hundreds of years as a valued chinese glaze color. later the color gained value with the japanese and the europeans.
(then to my grandparents kitchen)

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