Fountain Pen Inks That Celebrate Autumn Colors


Sometimes the inks in my rotation do a little ink dance in my daily journal. The steps consist of the ink name plus a doodle that shows the ink color to good advantage.

My most recent ink and pen duos were chosen at random and include a few favorites plus several inks that warranted testing in pens different from their last outings. None of those former couples were wedded but rather suffered ill-fated flings. Time to be a bit more successful at matchmaking.

To my surprise and without planning, my rotation took on the colors of autumn. I have no idea how that happened but the result is quite pleasing.

Autumn Inks

Autumn Inks

Pens in order from top to bottom:

  • Pelikan M215, custom cursive italic
  • Levenger True Writer, Masuyama stub
  • Lamy Safari, custom fine cursive italic
  • Levenger True Writer, Masuyama cursive italic
  • Namiki Falcon (resin), Soft Fine
  • Pilot Elite Socrates pocket pen, Fine
  • Levenger True Writer, Fine
  • Lamy AL-Star, Oblique Broad
  • Lamy Vista, 1.1mm italic
  • Lamy AL-Star, custom fine italic

Notes: Montblanc Racing Green has been discontinued and Noodler’s FPN Dumas Tulipe Noire was a limited edition release. Noodler’s #41 Brown is the original formulation – not the one currently available. The Pilot pocket pen was made in 1976 but all of the other pens are current models. The paper is Strathmore Windpower Sketch. It’s a bit toothy for fountain pens but excellent for swabs and doodles.


  1. “Ink dance”…I like that! Beautiful choices!


  2. I always enjoy your seasonal line-ups. This is a really nice one. As always, I am inspired. thank you.


  3. Ooh! Nice autumn-y colors! I only have two of these but I guess that’s a good start to assembling some autumn colors of my own!


  4. Oh, hey, sidenote–
    SoHo sketchbooks by Daler-Rowney are wet pen friendly. Nice stitched binding, too.


    • That’s a good tip, Alison. I will look for that brand at my local art store. 🙂


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  6. I use the Diamine chocolate brown. But I think the nightshade is also a nice autumn color.


    • Michael, I agree with you on Nightshade. It was in the AL-Star custom fine italic until I decided to give Aubergine another chance in my rotation. Next time it’s back to Nightshade while Aubergine will get a wider nib better suited to its flow. Which pen do you pair with Nightshade?



      • I use it now in my Pelikan M1000. This is a very wet one and so there is much ink on the paper and the nightshade is very very dark. I like it.


        • That’s a terrific pen. Nightshade must take forever to dry but the rich color would compensate for the wait.


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