The previous round, when I tested De Atramentis DOCUMENT BROWN versus Platinum PIGMENTED SEPIA, left me feeling that I never really gave the chance to latter ink. Initially estranged by color that is more of a dirty pink than what I usually know as sepia, I did just that first partial test and never returned to it. Decided to show some fairness and after hamstering through my unsorted material, I managed to find it. I’m glad I did. PIGMENTED SEPIA seems as waterproof as CARBON BLACK, supporting washes of color without feathering, smearing or bleeding. And maybe it’s just my tastes that have changed, but I enjoy it being lighter, working well with subtle shades of watercolors.
I did the test in THE PERFECT SKETCHBOOK, on quality watercolor paper and in parts went on it pretty hard, to see if I might force some lifting of lines. Unlike SCABIOSA, which will resist to a point, but give in to more water and scrubbing with brushes, PIGMENTED SEPIA held the line everywhere. Only on the outer part of lady’s hat, where I scrubbed the most, it seems a bit fainter in color, but still there.
I’m still a bit ambivalent to pinkish color for just the drawing, but with watercolors it works great, less imposing or rigid as pure black. I guess I might be ordering a bottle after all.