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25 Days of Dupes 2021 – Day 2

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Day 2’s ink is Garland, a shimmer and sheen ink. Of the inks I swabbed, Organics Studio Walden Pond is the best color dupe, but you’d need to cut it at least 2 to 1 water to ink to let the color show past the sheen. My custom mix is a pretty good color dupe as well; see the recipe below. If you have a suggestion for a possible dupe, let me know in the comments, and I’ll add it to the wrap up post.

Enjoy, and happy inking!

Day two swabs. Comparing Garland to Monteverde DC Supershow Teal, Organics Studio Walden Pond, Robert Oster Tranquility, J. Herbin Emeraude de Chivor, and a custom mix.

Recipe for Custom Mix: 12 drops Platinum Mixable Leaf Green, 3 drops Platinum Mixable Aurora Blue, and 15 drops of water. I used a pipette so I would have equal size drops. But you can substitute any measurement for drops (tsp, ml, etc.) depending on how much ink you want to make.

Day two swabs at an angle

The large brush swab and horizontal writing sample in the center is the Inkvent ink. Below the Inkvent swab, I’ve swabbed each Dupe ink and included the ink name. All swabs were created with a small paintbrush, and all writing was with a Zebra G dip nib.

As a reminder, I can’t guarantee that the color you see on your screen will be true to life. However, with all the dupes on the same page, and scanned/photographed together, any differences in color will show equally across all of the inks. You’ll see how the colors look in relation to each other, which is the main point of these posts.


What do you think of today’s color? What do you think of the dupes? Is this one you’ll want to get later, or do you already have a dupe ink? Let me know in the comments.

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