J. Herbin ink is a longtime favorite and the first brand I explored when blue and black became old. Poussière de Lune and Lie de Thé hooked me and I’ve never looked back. Much to my delight, JH have released 10ml bottles that make it inexpensive and easy to sample more of their colors. Jet Pens is offering the cute little dears at $4.75 a pop. With free shipping for orders over $25, you can steal a half dozen for a mere $28.50. For six bottles of color, I’m on board. Are you?
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Usually by June, my tools get pared to a minimum. This year things have gone the other direction.
Instead of a limited three to five ink selection, my rotation is getting a color infusion. For inspiration, there is a swatch on my desk to remind me what is on hand. It isn’t a watercolor palette, but it has the same come play with me effect.
- Sailor Jentle Peach Pink
- Noodler’s Purple Martin
- Diamine Emerald
- J. Herbin Ambre de Birmaniestil
- Diamine Teal
- Waterman Blue-Black
- Noodler’s Kiowa Pecan
- Sailor Jentle Nioi-sumire
- J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage
- Diamine Aqua Blue
- Iroshizuku fuyu-syogun
- Noodler’s Lexington Gray
Elaine from Jet Pens sent a bottle of Sailor Four Seasons Nioi-sumire (Sweet Violet) and Karen at Exaclair has promised bottles of two J. Herbin inks so my rotation will be changing in short order. Now to find an empty, italic pen for some doodling in my Stillman & Birn sketchbook.
Along with modifying my ink rotation, summer is a good time for some colorful experimentation with my watercolor palette. Starting with a dozen basic paints, I added another dozen that I seldom use. That leaves a few empty slots for new acquisitions. My choices are brighter than usual and painting with them will provide a good challenge for the next few months. Even so, I included a modifier, Neutral Tint, just in case a color shouts a bit too loudly.
Certainly a palette needs to be functional, but it can also benefit from visual appeal. This Kremer is a good example of that. The beautiful arrangement encourages playful interaction.
A girl’s gotta have fun you know and what better way than color infused days. Love you guys, but the muse is calling. See ya later!
It’s starting to feel a lot like summer and a good time to put together a new rotation. Matching nibs that don’t dry out quickly with inks that suit the season takes some planning. Orange, turquoise and pink will get added to the black and gray already at hand. In hot weather, ink can evaporate and leave a clogged nib, so the number of pens on my desk gets reduced to half its usual size. Five or so will be plenty.
Some likely prospects:
- J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie
- Diamine Coral
- Diamine Vermilion
- Iroshizuku yu-yake
- Iroshizuku kosumosu
- J. Herbin Rose Tendresse
- J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen
- J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis
- J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche
- Diamine Aqua Blue
- Waterman South Sea Blue
- Diamine Mediterranean Blue
- Iroshizuku ku-jaku
- Noodler’s Turquoise
- Iroshizuku chiku-rin
Chiku-rin and Blue Pervenche are beautiful together but I have too little of the latter so I would have to order that one. Kosumosu and chiku-rin are small samples, but good for a fill or two. Time for a few swatches.
That was useful in settling on a short list.
- Diamine Coral
- Iroshizuku kosumosu
- Iroshizuku chiku-rin
- J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche (preferred) or Diamine Aqua Blue (on hand)
How do you put together your seasonal rotation?
There is no lack of green ink for those who fancy the color. Every March I wade through swatches looking for just the right shade for the current year and the fountain pen in waiting.
Over the weekend Diamine Emerald got the nod for the Pelikan M200 OB. Yesterday a bottle of J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage (a gift from Karen at Exaclair) called very loudly to the Noodler’s Konrad flex nib. Who was I to keep them apart?
Have you succumbed to the green and if so, which ink and pen are paired as your intrepid duo?
Spring has arrived as evidenced by the floating heads of Gerber daisies visible from my kitchen window. No need for a hint from the calendar but there is a need to freshen my ink rotation in celebration of the season. The slot for red/orange had some intense competition that Rohrer & Klingner Morinda won with Noodler’s Cayenne and J. Herbin ‘1670’ Rouge Hematite close behind. Maybe at the next fill…
2012 was a very lean year with few items to review and no ink or pen purchases. So there is little new to recommend. Still there are some favorites worth mentioning along with a few new products on my list of
Really Good Stuff
- Best new tool that came my way was the InkJournal.
- Best new paper product was any Stillman & Birn Sketchbook.
- Martha Stewart cahier – The batch I bought was fountain pen friendly and very attractive.
- Canson Art Book cahier – Surprisingly good performance for both pens and watercolors.
- Daycraft Gold Slab journal may not be perfect or easy to source but it sure is gorgeous.
- Rhodia pads got the most action. The orange covers make them a standout in my messy office.
- My regular ink rotation expanded with the inclusion of Noodler’s Ottoman Azure and Black Swan in Australian Roses. No new ink colors came my way but Karen at Exaclair sent three reformulated J. Herbin inks for comparison to what I had on hand that were produced prior to EU meddling. I still enjoy all three, Vert Empire, Lie de Thé, and Poussière de Lune, but they are a bit different.
- Current model pens with stock nibs that were consistently in my rotation included the Lamy Safari with an EF or 1.1mm italic and the Vista 1.1mm italic as well as the Levenger True Writer fine nib. Most of my other pens are no longer in production or have been modified. The greatest difference in my rotation this year was that fewer fine nibs like Pilots and Sailors got used while the Montblanc 220 OB never fell out of favor.
- Custom nibs can be heavenly or not. Nearly all of mine were crafted by different people and in some cases I don’t even know who did the work. However, one Masuyama stub and one Binder cursive italic rose to the top. The former was a dream from the first fill though Iroshizuku ku-jaku is its current best friend. If ever there was a fickle pen this one is it for it will mate with darned near any ink. The Binder sat unused for years until on a whim got paired with Ottoman Azure. Now that Pelikan M-215 Rings is a delight to use. Some nibs are finicky and the right ink can make a huge improvement in performance. Admittedly, a little inspiration helps or that Pel and Ottoman Azure would never have met. So don’t discount what you think might work. Just try it and see what happens.
- The pen that resided in my handbag was the Kaweco Classic Sport. If it accommodated a converter, the Kaweco would get more use and take up residence on my desk.
- Best new (to me) non-fountain pen writing instrument was a tie between the Sanford Uniball Gel Grip medium (utilitarian) and the Pentel Libretto (attractive). The Autopoint remained my favorite mechanical pencil in large part due to its 0.9mm HB lead. The Levenger True Writer Rollerball sporting a felt tip refill continued as my first choice when a fountain pen or mechanical pencil wouldn’t do.
That wraps up 2012. My wish list for 2013 is simple. Buy or trade for another stub or italic nib and acquire a few new inks, mostly Noodler’s or perhaps a Diamine or two. A bottle of Iroshizuku kon-peki might be nice but on that I can wait.
Did you get some “really good stuff” this year? What’s on your list for 2013?
Noodler’s Ottoman Azure and Black Swan in Australian Roses, J. Herbin Poussière de Lune, InkJournal, Stillman & Birn Sketchbook for Pen & Ink, Levenger True Writer, Autopoint Mechanical Pencil, Rhodia pad, Pelikan Tradition M-215 Black Rings fountain pen.