It is odd that I succumb to any shades of green by R&K, though I already have many bottles of green inks. Though I purposely skip green while browsing, I somehow got Smaragdgrün (Smaragd= emerald; grün= green). Blame the trigger finger.
I have to say that the photos on the ink label is a bit misleading. I previously assumed that the color is more of a turquoise green, but it came as a surprise. It is a crisp and refreshing green, if that makes any sense. It reminds me of the first sprout of spring. Like other R&K ink, it is normal paper friendly, with nice shading, and fast drying. It is evident that it is not water resistant, but it is great to do watercolor with it.
This ink also immediately reminds me of another German ink, Pelikan Edelstein Jade. Interesting to see how two German brands name their inks after precious stones respectively. How similar are these two greens?
|First four lines: Smaragdgrün|
Next three: Pelikan Edelstein Jade
Last four: R&K Verdura
If you are looking for an economical alternative to Edelstein Jade, R&K Smaragdgrün would be a good choice.
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