To begin at the beginning…
It started with something innocuous, as these things often do – a seemingly innocent purchase of a 30 ml bottle of Diamine ASA Blue. At £2.35 it seemed rude not to. But of course, that’s how they get you. Added to the Mnemosyne 194 that I wanted, that almost got me to the £10 needed to qualify for free postage. 90p short, I needed something else…
…and that’s how I ended up with a bill for £45!
Enough about my lack of will power. ASA Blue is great in its own right, carrying off a passable impersonation of Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki at a fraction of the price.
While I was looking for write ups about this ink, I found an old thread on FPN where someone had mixed ASA Blue with Sapphire Blue in equal parts with interesting results.
So, I thought, how hard can it be and what’s the worst that can happen? The answers are: ‘easy’ and ‘nothing untoward’. No explosions, fires or gunky messes. Instead, you get a really nice blue ink for your troubles.
Not an original idea and I can’t guarantee that I haven’t just made another ink from the Diamine range. Either way, it was a bit of fun to try. What I didn’t realise was that I was also demonstrating the pervasive and subliminal power of advertising. It wasn’t until a couple of days after I’d done it that I realised why the image above looked kind of familiar. Any resemblance to the logos and advertising imagery of a major UK chocolate manufacturer are entirely coincidental. Honest. No, really.
One thing that I do take issue with is the name. The creator of this mix named it Asphire. I see the logic and it gets a cheap laugh (or was that just me) but I can’t say I’m entirely impressed with the result. I came up with was Wild Blue Yonder, but I’m open to suggestions.