Thursday, February 26, 2009

Review: J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen

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
* Lightfast
* Water based
* Flows smoothly and is fast drying
* All natural dyes

J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen

The image above shows the Rose Cyclamen tested in a Canteo Journal with ivory pages on the left, and a Clairefontaine Basics with extra white paper on the right.

I never thought I'd like using such a vivid color of ink. It's a very happy berry color. The color of the bottom of your feet after stepping on a ripe mulberry on a summer's day. I find it very difficult to write anything but happy thoughts with this color.

Rose Mandala - Lift it back up

Like many of the Herbin inks, it's a smooth free-flowing ink.


One of Herbin's more saturated colors, it shows a little bit of shading on the ivory, and more on the white. (Probably because the white is a smoother, heavier paper.)

Berry Mandala

I have noticed that on thinner papers, or on papers of lesser quality, that there can be a bit of feathering and bleed through.


I personally prefer using this ink on ivory/cream paper - it gives the shade even more warmth. On white, it appears to be a cooler shade. Doodles above are in a plain Pen & Ink brand journal.

For a few more images using this ink, click Here

Herbin inks run $8.75 per 30ml bottle at Pear Tree Pens

See a good article on Pentrace where I think they did a great job demonstrating the Herbin colors.

PS - So sorry for the image quality. I tried shooting these tests on 4 separate occasions, but this time of year just isn't allowing me the brightness to more accurately capture the inks. All of the images have been edited to the best of my ability to try and accurately represent the ink. To my eye, the last image is probably closest to the real thing.


sundance14 said...

Great bright color! I love it.

Shade said...

It looks fantastically magenta/light-purply-pink!
And the images look perfectly fine. I look foward to trying this ink out once it arrives in my mail!

Anne said...

I like this color! I normally shy away from anything too pink, but it works - especially with the ivory paper.

I think maybe you have a way of bringing out the best in any color, though!

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