Ink Review #344: Organics Studio Alanine Aqua Shimmer


We are finishing up reader request week with Organics Studio Alanine Aqua Shimmer, from the Amino Acid line of inks. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.


The color:

Alanine Aqua is a turquoise blue, not quite teal, but not quite just blue either. This swab only showed a tiny bit of silver shimmer.



In large swabs there is a little bit of bright pink sheen. There is a very small amount of silver shimmer, similar to the amount Lamy Vibrant Pink has.


Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was some feathering in every nib size as well as a bit of bleeding, so it's not an ink I would recommend for cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Torquay, Organics Studio Alanine Aqua, Kobe #48 Water Source Marche (a little more green than either of the others.). Torquay is a bit lighter, but is pretty close. Click here to see the Organics Studio inks together.

Diamine Arctic Blue, Robert Oster Silver Fire and Ice, and Robert Oster Morning Shine. Out of these shimmer inks, Morning Shine is the closest match to Alanine Aqua. Click here to see the blue inks together. 


Longer writing: 

I used a medium Pelikan M600 White Transparent on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.


Overall, I was disappointed by the amount of shimmer, I was expecting a lot more than I got. The shimmer was not visible in writing, only a little bit in large swabs. Other than the lack of shimmer, the ink is pretty well behaved, and has an average dry time.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links.