Thursday, January 8, 2009
Poussiere de Lune on a sunny day.
Bottle of J. Herbin's Poussiere de Lune fountain pen ink, pictured with a Sailor Sapporo fountain pen, large Red Moleskine journal, and a Canteo journal.
From the J Herbin website:
"J. Herbin is the oldest name in pen inks in the world. M. Herbin created “The Jewel of Inks” in his shop on the Rue des Fosses Saint-Germain in Paris in 1700."
"Each bottle of 30 ml has an integrated pen rest. They are known as “D bottle pen inks. The “D” refers to the old French unit of measure “la Demi Courtine”.
* 30 beautiful colors!
* Non toxic and pH neutral
* Water based
* Flows smoothly and is fast drying
* All natural dyes
Clairefontaine Basics journal, written with a Lamy Safari EF fountain pen.
Poussiere de Lune is a grayish purple ink that leans towards red. One of Herbin's more saturated colors, it reminds me of Private Reserve's Burgundy Mist, though not as gray. It's also similar to Caran d' Ache's Storm, but Storm isn't as saturated, and has a great deal more shading.
This is one of my favorite Herbin colors. It's smooth flowing and I love the muted tone.
Close up of writing in Clairefontaine Basics journal, showing some shading.
Close up of writing in the Canteo, showing a little more shading and a wider line because the Canteo paper is more absorbent that the Clairefontaine. On my monitor, the ink appears to be closest to it's actual color in this image.
See a good article on Pentrace where I think they did a great job demonstrating the Herbin colors.