This is an image from Gentian Osman, our friend from the blog Drawing with a Squirrel. I personally love looking at all the images of her grand calligraphy and also her watercolor paintings – and even when she’s just trying out a new color combination or testing new art supplies, it’s all really interesting. Even this image of torn up calligraphy in a dozen inky colors is fun to look at.
Do you keep your ink test sheets? I had two different notebooks that I used for a long time to try different inks. I still have them but I don’t really use them any more.
Most people I know (myself included) don’t just have just one fountain pen and one bottle of ink, they have many. This leads to the inevitable question of which to choose at any given time. While it isn’t difficult to change inks in a fountain pen, it does take time to properly flush a pen from its previous ink. Once your pen is filled, it becomes a small commitment to use that ink until it either runs out, or you take the time to flush it.
How do you choose which ink to use? Do you have a specific color family that you stick with? A favorite brand?
Image courtesy of DIYSara – be sure to check out her blog!
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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.
It is such a treat to see Gentian Osman’s art and calligraphy and we always appreciate her using our dotPads and Herbin inks in her creations.
You should look at her pictures on Flickr, then check out her blog Drawing with a Squirrel. After that, read this brief artist highlight about her at JetPens and if you want, you can also check out her Pins on Pinterest.
Image courtesy of Gentian Osman – gentian_o on Instagram
Have you had the opportunity to try J. Herbin’s latest 1670 Series Anniversary ink, Bleu Ocean?
In lieu of testing it in a fountain pen, I opted for the “everything else I could find in my studio” approach Continue Readering »
Another great gift idea for your favorite fountain pen user would be a new bottle (or three) of J. Herbin fountain pen ink. J. Herbin inks are non toxic, pH neutral, lightfast, water based, and are available in 30 colors. The inks are made from all natural dyes and are smooth flowing and fast drying. Each 30 ml bottle is elegantly labeled and has an integrated pen rest. They are known as “D bottle pen inks” with the “D” referring to the old French unit of measure “la Demi Courtine”
I have personally tried all of the Herbin fountain pen inks with the exception of the new Ocean Blue 1670 Anniversary Ink. My favorites include Perle Noire, Orange Indien, and Violette Pennse.
Which of these inks are your favorites? Are they on your holiday wish list?
In a recent comment, one of our fans asked if we might know where to get a fountain pen repaired. My suggestion would be to post your specific needs to the forums over on the Fountain Pen Network. (Loads of good people there.) I myself have mostly had nibs adjusted or modified and can personally speak to the quality of work performed by Richard Binder, Pendemonium, and Mr. Nagahara from the Sailor pen company.
Karen recently received some questions about Herbin’s Perle Noire ink. Since this is one I have reviewed and regularly use, I’d be happy to respond.
Is this ink a really dark black? While I haven’t tried every black ink on the market, Continue Readering »
Will you just look at this? A tiny J. Herbin ink bottle! (Rouge Caroubier?) Seems like one of Clem’s friends – wait, do you know Clem? She writes the Rants of the Archer blog and is a huge fan of pens, inks & paper – just like me! One of Clem’s friends baked her a series of cupcakes based on her various hobbies. You can see them all here on the Cupcake Factory blog – though I have to admit, as I looked at each yummy picture, I was hoping to see an orange Rhodia cupcake!
As summer moves towards fall, I wonder how many of our fountain pen friends are swapping out bright blue and vivid green inks for fiery oranges and deep brown ones. I personally like to use whatever I’m inspired by in any given moment – but then again, I’m also not one to swap out summer clothes for winter ones. I think it’s because I live in a constant state of denial pertaining to the weather here in the northeast US.
I don’t currently have many pens inked up, but what I am using is: Continue Readering »
I have been a fountain pen user for several years and own a few different kinds. In a pen like my Sailor 1911 shown above, you can either use a *disposible ink cartridge or an ink converter which will allow you to use a bottled ink of your choice. (Such as J. Herbin inks.) Some pens like my Pelikan M200 use a piston to draw ink into the pen.
If you use a fountain pen, which of these filling mechanisms do you prefer? Lately I’ve been drawn to the pistons because they hold a ton of ink. I also like my vintage Parker Vacumatic which utilizes a diaphragm and a plunger to create a vacuum to draw ink into the pen. These also hold a good amount of ink before needing a refill.
*Disposable ink cartridges can be refilled by using a syringe type tool.
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Did you ever question the names of J. Herbin’s inks? From what I understand, the chosen names for each color are poetic to preserve the originality of the brand, and as a French tradition.
For Example: Rose Tendresse shown above, whose name translates to English as “Tenderness Pink,” This is the rose of love and the flowers of the same name and symbol of love. The color represents the feeling of love and also tenderness shared by 2 lovers.
You can read about each of the names of the 30 inks on the J Herbin website. While you are there, feel free to poke around the rest of the site. Lost of great information to be found!
Our friend Cheryl at The Writer’s Bloc Blog wrote a post yesterday about using s0me of the lighter shades of J. Herbin fountain pen ink for the purpose of highlighting. This makes perfect practical sense as to why such light color inks exist, but I’ve had a little bit of difficulty making this work for me. Bouton d’or bled through the thin pages of Eat, Pray, Love and made a smudgy mess when I tried to highlight over ink jet printed pages of a book I had been working on. (Maybe I didn’t let them dry long enough?)
Do you use fountain pen inks to highlight? If yes, how do you use them, and which colors are most successful for you?
Our latest Guest Blogger is Thomas from the delightfully eccentric bleubug blog.
“I’m certainly a person who enjoys writing instruments both vintage and modern. Throw a few inks (or a few hundred) into the equation I’m happy as a clam or maybe an inky squid. But there are marks on paper beyond those made by fluid and pen which while archaic or unnoticed I do enjoy, so let me make mention of them. Continue Readering »