|Chipmunk, Noodler's #41 Brown ink on Strathmore 300 series vellum bristol.|
I use Noodler's bulletproof inks for my art. I work mainly in ink, watercolors, and colored pencils. For fountain pen inks, I use a glass dip pen.
Like other bulletproof inks, Noodler's #41 Brown ink isn't waterproof across all papers, but it is waterproof on some. Please see my page on bulletproof inks and art papers for more information. I particularly like the Stillman & Birn Epsilon & Zeta sketchbooks if I need to add watercolor washes, and Strathmore's 500 series mixed media if I want to add colored pencils alone.
Noodler's #41 Brown isn't dark enough for me to call it a sepia tone, but it's still a warm and dark red-brown. This ink isn't as free-flowing as other inks in Noodler's bulletproof line, such as Lexington Grey and 54th Massachusetts (my review). After a few dips it builds up quite a bit on my glass dip pen and prevents ink flow, to the point where I need to rinse it with water and often a pen cleaner solution while I'm drawing.
I've never tried Noodler's darker sepia ink, Manjiro Nakahama Whaleman's Sepia, but from reports on various fountain pen ink forums, I'm not inclined to try due to how it sounds like it clings and sticks as much as Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng (my review). The stickiness of #41 Brown is about as much as I'm willing to put up with on a regular basis.
I would (somewhat reluctantly) buy this ink again, due to its beautiful red-brown shade alone, and the fact that it doesn't stick too badly. But if another ink was available in just as pretty a red-brown shade, I would definitely trade #41 Brown out for it.
This article was originally posted to https://avajarvisart.blogspot.com.