Organics Studio L. Frank Baum
Organics Studio is back in business and we’ll be traveling to the Land of Oz for this review. L. Frank Baum is part of the Organics Studio Masters of Writing Series, finding its color inspiration from the Emerald City.
The ink comes in a 55ml plastic bottle that is packaged in a cardboard box. The box label contains a brief biography of L. Frank Baum, and the ink information. This review was done with a Sheaffer 100 F, a Lamy AL-Star B, and on Rhodia blank no. 18 paper.
L. Frank Baum is a light mint sea green that accurately matches the color of the Emerald City in the 1939 Wizard of Oz film.
The ink isn’t quite a green, and not yet a teal. I enjoy when ink colors are difficult to describe, and this ink transitions between numerous cool color categories. In a fine nib the color stayed fairly light, but in a broad nib the ink pooled to nearly a forest green color.
The ink had good flow and the dry times were lower at around 10-20 seconds. On Rhodia paper there was no feathering or bleed-through. The nib really made the difference when it came to shading. There was some shading in a fine nib, however the ink shaded beautifully in a broader nib. The ink did not stand up to water well, but clean up was very easy.
I really enjoyed this ink; it was well behaved and has such an uncommon color. The closest ink I could find in color was De Atramentis Mint Turquoise, but even that was noticeably lighter thank Frank Baum. This was my first Organics Studio ink that I’ve spent considerable time with and I’m looking forward to trying out more of their inks.
While perhaps not the best color for some work environments, I’ve enjoyed using L. Frank Baum in my planners and journal. It is a playful and unique color that doesn’t take courage or brains to use – just make sure whatever you’re writing is from the heart.
As with any ink review, the pen, paper and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the color for you.
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