I70. Moon Palace Sumi Ink.
While the packaging is a bit different, this is the highly sought after and highly recommended Japanese Sumi Ink. For both broad edge and pointed pen work. Dries waterproof. A great calligraphy ink. The ink is now in a bottle with a gold label.
"I like Moon Palace better, but both Moon Palace and Best Bottle are beautiful inks. The Moon Palace has a slight sheen to it, which I like. Michael suggested this ink to me so please tell him I said, "thank you". I just finished a job of 200 invitations with Moon Palace and the ink is beautiful. I did not dilute the ink.
A client just brought me invitations (slick paper) to address. This bride knew going into this that I probably couldn't do pointed pen. However, for fun, I tried the Sumi inks and to my surprise they worked pretty darn good. I usually have to use a sharpie on slick envelopes, yikes!!!"
--Clair F., Jan 2011.
Four sizes available:
2.0 oz (widemouthed jar)
6.0 oz (180ml)
being a beginner in calligraphy. Found myself haveing used Moon Palace and then Yasutomo sumi ink. Had problems with Yasutomo that I didnt experiance with Moon Palace. Lesson learned not all inks are created equal. Will stick with Moon Palace
Will continue to use John Neal Books.
Wonderful ink! Smooth as silk.
I have been using Sumi Ink for years for my calligraphy. ( I do only a handful of weddings a year). For the second time a bride has sent envelopes with a pearlized sheen. When erasing my lines a slight bit of moisture from somewhere drug across a letter leaving an impressive smear. I was startled because it had dried for a day. I went back and tested several other envelopes on my stack of boo boos. They all smeared! Yikes. I raced here for product info as John Neal has always been my supplier. Waterproof. I then pulled out old samples (5 to 1 year old) of older weddings. The not coated envelopes did not smudge but I was shocked to see that a giant wedding I did in 2015 for former President G. W. Bush's niece was on these pearlized envelopes and smudged 5 years later!! Fortunately I had no complaints and must have been graced by dry delivery days. I still love the ink in general but will now attempt a quick fixative spray over this job.Does everyone know this about envelopes like this but me? The ink goes on beautifully all the same.
This is the best of the sumi inks. Some people don't like its fragrance, but I find it pleasant.
I like Moon Palace Sumi because it dries waterproof which is a plus for envelope address. I also like that it dries with a slight sheen. The 6 oz bottle has a spout, which makes transferring ink from bottle to dappen dish easy. The smaller sizes John Neal sells already come in wide mouth jars.
Moon Palace is my favorite of all the sumi inks that I have tried.
With Moon Palace, I am able to scrape off small mistakes easily.
If not using gouache, Moon Palace Sumi my go to ink.
I find this ink a bit too heavy when using it straight, so I always add a few drops of water, and it then works just fine. It is also relatively forgiving, so if you make a small mistake you can usually remove it with a sharp blade.