Hi there, friends! Whitney here! Welcome back for our second installment of Inksploration. This month, I will be discussing 3 Oysters Delicious Red Wine, a nice, muted purple ideal for writing. Although not my favorite choice for artistic purposes, this ink would be great for someone like me who writes small and fast in my notebook (and doesn’t like bright colors).

Drawing Inspiration and Technique

A drawing of a wine glass and a vineyard made using 3 Oysters Red Wine Ink.

My inspiration for the drawing is not so farfetched. I was inspired by wine. The ink name had me trying to think of how to portray wine in a way that wasn’t just “omg yay drinking.” Wine has such a beautiful history and carries so much culture within it. I wanted to portray wine as something with a little bit more of an art to it and to highlight some of that background.

The first phase of the drawing consisted of the ink splatter wine glass. I used a plastic circle cut from a container to initially shape ink as it went down. I used a syringe to add some ink to water and create a washed version of the color, which I put down carefully with a pipette. I took the syringe and then added some small shots of the undiluted ink into the lighter color. Once I did that, I removed the ring and played with the distribution of the ink/water mixture. To pull up excess material, I used either a q-tip or drew it up with the pipette. I then took the pipette and used it to gently pull ink from the bottom of the circle down the center of the page. This created the stem of the glass. To best do this, I compressed the pipette so that it would pull and release a little ink from the circle as it dragged. I allowed the splatter to dry completely before returning to do the second phase of the drawing.

A detailed shot of a drawing of a wine glass made using 3 Oysters Red Wine ink.

Once I came back to the drawing, I filled the negative space in the “glass” with a small scene of a vineyard. I first drew everything with the pen, then went in with a brush and made a wash over the windmill, fields, mountains, and sky. This ink doesn’t really shade; you get either the dark of the pen line or a light pink from the wash. The washed ink doesn’t really build well, so I went back after the water dried to add some additional shading with the pen. The color of the ink is very nice and dries to a rosy color when pooled a little (like with the wine glass). It’s a pretty muted color, and while it has a sheen, it’s not a particularly stand-out color. I really like this color, but I would probably use it mostly for writing and less for something like this project. I like having a good amount of shade variation when using a water brush!

Ink Review

A layout of ink review materials for 3 Oysters Red Wine Ink.

  • Flow- Dry
    • The flow was fine, but not overly saturated.
    • Even with a medium nib, the writing was a bit on the scratchier side (I don’t mind this as a fine/extra-fine writer).
    • Good ink for lefties that might have an issue with smudging your writing
  • Dry Time- 25-30 Seconds
    • The ink dried completely right around the 30-second mark.
  • Water Resistance- Low
    • When it comes in contact with water, the ink becomes a lighter pink color.
  • Shading- Low
    • Not much difference between swabs 1, 2, and 3
    • Even when the ink has an opportunity to pool or build, it doesn’t do anything particularly striking.
  • How did the ink behave on other papers?
    • The ink can be very dry on certain papers, especially Rhodia. There isn’t any sheen present on regular papers. There also wasn’t any ghosting on any of the papers, which was good.
  • Special Features Worth Noting?
    • The 3 Oysters bottles have a cute design. They would look nice on a desk.An ink review of 3 Oysters Red Wine ink

Ink tests of 3 Oysters Red Wine ink made on sheets of Rhodia, Leuchtturm, and Tomoe paper.

Comparable Inks

A layout of burgundy ink swabs comparable to 3 Oysters Red Wine ink.

If you are looking for an ink in a similar color that may possess different qualities than 3 Oysters Red Wine, check out these picks:

  • Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux– An additional dry writing option, a slightly brighter hue of wine
  • Diamine Wine Divine– Shimmer! If you’re looking for this gorgeous color but want some extra sparkle, this is the ink for you!
  • De Atramentis Blackberry– This scented ink pairs a delightful color with a refreshing fragrance for an experience for all of the senses.

A quote by Oliver Goldsmith written with a TWSBI ECO fountain pen and 3 Oysters Red Wine ink.

3 Oysters Delicious Red Wine is a lovely ink for the avid journal writer or note taker. Over the next several weeks watch our social feeds as we explore Wine Red, and keep your eyes open for the giveaway at the end of the month.

Write On,

Whitney