Favorite Ink Colors: Summer of 2014

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I know that many of our fountain pen friends enjoy switching out their inks to mark the changing seasons. Did you have any favorite brands/colors that you used or discovered this summer? Did you make any recent purchases that you are looking forward to using this fall?

Did you discover any new all-time-favorite ink colors at any of the recent pen shows?

New 1670 Herbin Ink Coming Soon: “Gris Orage” or Stormy Grey

Herbin 1670 Inks

A new ink is being added to the J. Herbin 1670 line. Joining Rouge Hematite and Bleu Ocean is Gris Orage or “Stormy Grey”. Gris Orage is a grey ink with gold particulate which makes the ink appear silvery. It will be available in France towards the end of July. Samples have been requested to display at the New York Gift Show in mid August, and should be available in the US early this fall.

Is this an ink you will be looking forward to trying?

Just for Today

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Whenever I come across a saying or quote that I wish to integrate into my daily thought process, I will often use it as an excuse to pull out some art and or writing supplies. In this case, I’m using the Japanese phrase “Kyo Dake Wa” which pretty much translates as, “Just for today” which I think is a nice reminder to live more in the moment.

By doodling with a dip pen, J. Herbin’s Bleu Ocean Anniversary ink, and a few colored pencils in this loose and playful manner, what may have been limited to quickly scrawled words on a post-it note, has engaged me for an hour or so of playful art-making with the added benefit of being able to actively focus on the message itself.

Do you have a favorite saying that you might consider turning into a simple piece of art like this?

Have you tried the J. Herbin Refillable Rollerball Pen?

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Have you tried one of the J. Herbin Rollerball Pens yet? 

Highly functional, this small and compact rollerball pen is refillable with J. Herbin ink cartridges. With a minimalist look, this elegant pen is the perfect writing tool for all correspondence and daily notes. It offers smooth writing with a medium line and the transparent body lets you monitor the ink level.

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The Herbin rollerball offers an alternative for writing with your favorite J. Herbin inks. The pens are small and lightweight, have a firmly closing cap, and use the Herbin international cartridges that are easy to load. When I tested it, the nib felt like a “Fine.”

Montreal Calligraphy Exhibition May 21st-June 1st at Galerie Mile-End

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TRACES FRAGILES… INDÉLÉBILES is the the 6th exhibition for the group, Les Calmars.

This calligraphy exhibition combines gestural marks, flowing ink, rhythm and movement as explored by the eight calligraphers of Les Calmars. Lorna Mulligan’s piece shown below, (part of a collective work) is done with brush and inks (sumi and J. Herbin) and represents an open book in which we see the dialogue between a page of text and a page of landscape imagery. The text says  ’Je suis le calm entre deux sons” (I am the rest between two notes) – Rilke.

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Lorna Mulligan is an artist and calligrapher. She received her degree in Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and also studied at the Banff Centre. She teaches in Montreal at the Visual Arts Centre and at Dawson College in the Continuing Education Department. She also does Culture in the Schools workshops through the Quebec Ministry of Education. Lorna Mulligan has exhibited her mixed media artworks across Canada and in Europe. Visit Lorna on the web at: www.lornamulligan.com

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The text on Lorna’s open book piece was created with her favorite pen: the Kamei brush pen.

J. Herbin scented fountain pen inks: Your Thoughts?

Herbin Scented Ink

Did you know that J. Herbin offers several different scented fountain pen inks? Whether or not you’ve ever tried a scented ink, we’d love to hear your thoughts about them.

J. Herbin scented inks are made from floral water (hydrosols) of rose, orange, lavender, apple and violets. The hydrosols used by J. Herbin come from Grasse, France, a Provencal town long associated with the perfume industry, and famous for its floral scents.

Fashioned with great care, scented inks are inspired by a tradition that began in Italy in the 19th century. J. Herbin and other manufacturers used to collect different scents from the perfume industry and add them to their inks.

Known as “Les Subtiles” (The Subtle), each ink matches fragrance and color: bleu/parfum lavande; vert/parfum pomme; amber/parfum orange; rouge/parfum rose; and violet/parfum violette.

 

What color would you most like to see in a new J. Herbin Anniversary ink?

Rouge Hematite and Bleu Ocean

Do you have any suggestions or requests for a new J. Herbin Anniversary ink to be added to the existing 1670 duo of our highly saturated inks? A rich silvery black? A deep forest green with a coppery sheen? What about aubergine with minuscule flecks of mica?

View this previous post about J. Herbin’s Bleu Ocean ink.

What ink properties are most important to you?

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In Tuesday’s blog post, I asked what colors you would most like to see added to J Herbin’s “Jewel of Inks” line. Several of you, (me included) suggested more saturated versions of existing colors which made me wonder… If J. Herbin offered highly pigmented inks, (somewhere between this line and the 1670 Anniversary inks) what particular characteristics do you think would need to remain the same for them to still be uniquely Herbin inks?

What is it specifically about J. Herbin inks that you like? The flow? The shading? The smell?

Friends don’t let friends let the ink dry up in their fountain pens

Cleaning Fountain Pens

The other day I spent an epic amount of time flushing the dried up ink from my fountain pens. How can you avoid havingthishappen to you? Here’s a few suggestions:

1. USE THEM! 2013 was my year of the pencil which is why my fountain pens were neglected.

2. Have 1 pen that requires minimal maintenance.If you aren’t using your pens as often, try using just one.The ink in my Sailor 1911 seems to never dry out. The pen itself and its convertor are easy to clean.

3. If you are not using your pens, take the time clean them out and store them. Thankfully, this time only half of my pens required cleaning. Perhaps a calendar reminder is in order?

4. Get to know your inks. Some inks require greater effort to flush.

5. Find someone to maintain your pens for you. Has anyone started a service to flush pens yet? Someone should. (I could have asked my studio assistant to do this for me ::smacks head:: D’oh!)

NEW 2014 Exaclair Catalog is available to view!

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You can now take a look at the NEW 2014 Exaclair catalog and see all of the goodies coming in the new year – like the large Rhodiarama Webbbies, Landscape Webbies, Mignon Refillable Leather Journals, new colors for the Habana, Graf-It dot pads…

Which products are you most excited about? (You must KNOW that I’m excited for the large purple Webbies!)

In Marina’s Bag

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Marina is from Italy but is now living in the USA. She recently sent us this photo for our “In Your Bag” Photo Page.

From Marina: “ I love my 6X9 Weekly Notebook, it has great paper that allows me to use fountain pens (my favorite). I dressed it up with a FABRICA Bookband so I always have my writing instruments available. My 3 Lamy Safari fountain pens are, of course, in the colors of the Italian flag, The white one holds J. Herbin scented violet ink (violet in color and scent :-): when I write with it it’s scent-sational!!!! And, finally, the 80g paper notepad with purple grid.”

Care and Maintenance of Your Fountain Pens

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If you are a fountain pen user or are looking to become one, it is helpful to know how best to clean and maintain your pen(s). Assembled below are a series of links which can help get you started: Continue Readering »

Stormtrooper Guards the Goods

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I like seeing what kinds of desk decorations people keep within their workspace. Back when I worked in an office I had lots of crystals surrounding the computer in my cubicle and many pictures of my friends on the walls.

What kinds of things make you feel happy or comfortable within your work space? Do you have items that keep you more focused and serious, or things that are more fun and playful? What is the most unique item on your desk?

Image courtesy of aleks111 on Instagram

J. Herbin Sealing Wax

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Sometime back in grade school, I collected stamps and had a subscription to receive them “on approval” – this meant that businesses like the Jamestown Stamp Company would send you an envelope filled with stamps that you could either purchase or send back.

One of the coolest things I discovered in those approval packages wasn’t a stamp, but an envelope that had the remnants of a red wax seal. My Mom told me that those types of seals were once used by kings to seal important messages and I remember running my finger over the broken wax wondering what important documents that envelope might have once held.

Most people know J. Herbin for their fountain pen inks, but did you also know that they make various types of sealing waxes? Continue Readering »

Swimming in the Bleu Ocean

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Have you had the opportunity to try J. Herbin’s latest 1670 Series Anniversary ink, Bleu Ocean?

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In lieu of testing it in a fountain pen, I opted for the “everything else I could find in my studio” approach Continue Readering »

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