J. Herbin Bouquet D’Antan04/04/2009
More samples from Karen at Exaclair arrived recently and amongst them, an ink that has been on my wish list for quite some time, J. Herbin Bouquet D’Antan. It is a soft rose pink that reminds me of old flowers, cutting gardens, and country homes.
The color is muted rather than pale. With a wide nib it has plenty of punch and shows up very well on white paper. Like watercolor paint Bouquet D’Antan allows the color of the paper to show through creating a blended color. Play with it a bit until you find a combination that looks really appealing. Not every color of stationery in your collection will work but most will look good and a few should be really special.
Other characteristics include good flow, mild shading, and a hint of outlining. Bouquet D’Antan would be suitable for a journal, correspondence or subtle margin notes. With a wide nib it would be delightful for a thank you note. It is very easy on the eyes, so it could be used it as a change of pace for lengthy note taking sessions.
It has been challenging to find an ink at the pink end of the spectrum that is subtle yet has substance. J. Herbin Bouquet D’Antan is exactly what I had hoped it would be and perfect for my clear Lamy Vista. Well, if I’m going to use pink, I might as well be obvious about it.