J. Herbin Terre de Feu02/17/2009
Terre de Feu is another lovely, muted color from J. Herbin. The name translates as Land of Fire but it resembles red clay more than the vivid tones of a flame. Think old bricks or rosewood and, if you are an artist, it is red ochre at its softest.
In a Lamy Al-Star EF, Terre de Feu isn’t quite as free-flowing as some Herbin inks but it still has that watercolor quality. Color pools here and there producing some beautiful if inconsistent shading. The only flaw, if one could call it that, is a very modest amount of show through. I like the look and would not hesitate to write on the reverse as it looks sort of vintage. In fact that’s actually a good word to describe the ink with its soft color and shading.
Terre de Feu is an ink of intermediate saturation that at times has an almost pastel quality. If highly saturated hues thrill you, try Sailor Red-Brown. But if you like soft, watercolor-like ink J. Herbin Terre de Feu could be a great color for you. It is for me.