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Review: Monteverde Ocean Noir

My swatch of the Ocean Noir brings me vivid images of the deep blue ocean. The depth of the blue is often associated with royalty, loyalty but also mysterious at times.

“Whenever I look at the ocean, I always want to talk to people, but when talking to people, I always want to look at the ocean.” 
― Haruki Murakami, Hear the Wind Sing

Regardless of how you see blue, one thing is for sure – Ocean Noir makes you want to stare at it for a good few seconds. I seldom say that about blues, but it had my attention at first glance, peering into the deep blue trying to figure it out.

Ocean Noir has a strong voice – in a very assuring, safe kind of way. It is like a soldier by your side, offering protection, surety, and beaming with honour.

Maybe that’s why the royals like blue?

Reliability is a strong suit — the ink does not change from Day 1 to Day 30. To my surprise, despite all the blues I have in my ink collection – I didn’t find any
hue close to the Ocean Noir.

What the color reminds me of:

Cyanotype – photographic printing process
Japanese Shibori fabric
Deep blue ceramics from Japan

What I used:
Kaweco Sport, Broad Nib
Paper: Muji notecard, Bestform notecards


(Scale of 1 to 5)

Dry time ★★★★★ (1=slow, 5=fast)
Flow ★★★★☆ (1=dry, 5=wet)
Shading ★★★★★ (1=low, 5=high)

Thanks to @missmuffat for this review.


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