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Unfinished: 2063 E. Pascua St.


It’s been a while since I last tried to finish a drawing. This one is unfinished and will remain unfinished because *sob* I dropped my favorite drawing pen and bent the nib’s tines before I could even finish this.

This is a drawing of the street where we grew up. The house on the foreground was where we lived for several years. It’s a pretty colorful community. The house was already run down when we were living there, and it looked different the last time we passed by it (last week), but it’s still hanging in there. Times were tough while we were growing up, we had very humble beginnings. My parents and brothers were the best, though. That’s the best part of my childhood memories. Hay, 2063 E. Pascua. I’ll always remember you and the lessons I learned there.

Also, RIP my little Pilot Birdie. Thanks for the memories. 🙁

Ink Swab: De Atramentis Document Ink Green


I’ve always been a little curious about document inks, though I never bought one before now. The last one I tried through a friend’s sample clogged up my pen constantly. Perhaps it’s because of the saturation level. I needed to prime the nib a lot to get it writing well. Since I had a pretty good experience with De Atramentis’ regular inks, I thought that I’d buy my first document ink through Elias Notebooks (official distributor of De Atramentis inks in the Philippines).

I was a little thrown off by it because the ink looked a little…milky. It didn’t look like how regular fountain pen looked. I thought it would look weird on paper. I guess that’s just how document inks look. I inked up my Cross Century II (medium) with it not just for the writing sample but for daily use.


I was surprised to see that it looked a lot like Diamine’s green black. I was a little afraid that it would look like a generic tech pen green. This one’s a rich, deep dark green.


I think it is a gorgeous shade of green–velvety, dark, nicely saturated. It is also surprisingly wet-flowing. I would definitely have no qualms using this with fine nibs (which I will do as soon as I use up my fill in this pen). With a medium nib, it feathers and bleeds through a bit of Muji’s paper. I used Elias for this review, though. So there’s no bleed through or feathering, but the flow is very generous. Even after not using it overnight, it started right up, no hard-starting.


Since I used a wet medium nib for this review, the ink took some time to dry, though. The main advantage of using document inks is that it is water proof. So I subjected it to the usual drip test which (as you can see from the photo above) it passed with flying colors. I subjected it to several water tests:



I soaked the paper in water for several minutes, even hosed it down until the paper almost got torn apart. The ink stayed on the paper, and it looked as vibrant as before. That is just impressive. It’s my first bottle of document ink and I am just blown away with how resilient it is to water.

Here are a few close ups of the writing sample:

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Used in this review:
De Atramentis Document Ink, Green – From Elias Notebooks
Large Dot Grid Journal from Elias Notebooks
Cross Century II, Medium

Ink Swab: De Atramentis Olive Green

De Atramentis Olive Green - Distributed by Elias Notebooks in the Philippines

I’ve always had a soft spot for brown and green inks, but I am almost always infatuated with olive greens. So when I saw this color in Elias Notebook‘s line up of new De Atramentis inks for sale, I snapped it up (my precioussssss!) and it arrived yesterday afternoon.

De Atramentis Olive Green - Distributed by Elias Notebooks in the Philippines

De Atramentis is one of the oldest ink-manufacturers in the world. It’s not what you would call an inexpensive fountain pen ink, but I think there’s good reason for that. My first impression when I saw the ink is that the bottle is very pretty. I like that the opening is wide enough to comfortably fit large pens even at an angle, while filling.

De Atramentis Olive Green - Distributed by Elias Notebooks in the Philippines

I used a Parker 75 with a #63 nib on this. You can see that the writing is fine, but (oh joy) the ink flows wet. The flow is so excellent that it writes so smoothly in an extra fine nib. The shading is also very beautiful. I read one review that described this color as olives in different shades, and I think that’s pretty accurate.

It’s not water proof, though like De Atramentis Van Dyck, it leaves a blackish mark where the ink color used to be.

De Atramentis Olive Green - Distributed by Elias Notebooks in the Philippines

I’m pretty much in love with this ink. It is different from Diamine Dark Olive (POGI) because its shading offers more complex colors of olive green. Of course it does not diminish my love for POGI, they’re just a bit different. The flow is incredible and I’m surprised that even with an extra fine nib, the shading is wonderfully expressive. Below are a few closeup shots of the writing sample.

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If you’re looking for an expressive green ink that has complex shades of olive green which has good saturation and does not look boring, this…is…it! It’s very nicely saturated, not too light and not too dark. The moderate saturation really makes the character of the ink shine through. It’s pretty good for everyday writing. It’s incredibly gorgeous and I love it a lot!

Below is a scan of the writing sample.

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Used in this review:
Ink – De Atramentis Olive Green (From Elias Notebooks)
Paper – Elias Notebook, large, dot grid
Pen – Parker 75 with a #63 nib

Ink Swab: De Atramentis Van Dyck Brown

I got my first two De Atramentis ink bottles from Elias Notebooks yesterday afternoon. Of course I got a brown and a green ink. I was trying to decide over this brown or Khaki, but since I haven’t found too many reviews of this ink online, I decided to be adventurous and try this out instead. After all, I haven’t yet met a brown ink that I didn’t like. I’m so happy that Elias brought this ink in the Philippines. It’s always great to have more options for fountain pen users in the country. I haven’t been able to try this ink before because I can only buy it online, and the shipping and taxes would have made the purchase too expensive.

This morning I made writing samples of this ink and I have to say that I’m very pleased with it. I wrote the review using a Parker 75 with a #65 nib. Even with a fine nib, you can definitely see how expressive the shading is. The flow is excellent. It’s a wet flowing ink and (quite surprisingly) it dries fast too.

This brown reminds me of light brown-colored horses, though the name of the ink was probably derived from a photographic printing process called Van Dyke Brown. In medium nibs, the ink is decidedly darker, though the saturation is not so dark that you cannot tell at first glance that it’s a brown ink. It’s not water proof, though it leaves behind a blackish outline of what you wrote.

I absolutely love the shading of this ink. In a fine nib, it has a silvery-brown quality to it. Here are a few close ups of the shading:


It’s a conservative brown with expressive shading. It’s great for everyday writing and it’s a very well-behaved ink. It’s not prone to nib creep and when using a fine nib, it doesn’t feather too much on thinner, cheaper paper. Overall, I really like this brown. Below is a scan of the writing sample:

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Used in this review:
Ink – De Atramentis Van Dyck Brown (From Elias Notebooks)
Paper – Elias Notebooks (Dot Grid, Large)
Pen – Parker 75 with a #65 nib (Fine)
Maroon Pen Slip – Elias Notebooks