Tag Archives: Inky Goodness

The Maruman Mnemosyne Word Book

Using the Maruman Mnemosyne Word Book to catalog fountain pen ink samples.






‘Nuff said.

I use the ‘dip in ink vial and swab over the card’ method, but this method used by @silverlinings_x on Instagram looks awesome too, kinda like little Pantone color cards.


New Ink Samples to Test

New Ink Samples! Ordered just because I’ve wanted to try them.


Diamine Ruby – nice deep red, aptly named.

Iroshizuku Momiji – leans towards pink, pretty though.

Diamine Wild Strawberry – crazy, when wet I swear it looks orange!

Iroshizuku Yu-Yake – pretty, light tangerine, not overly pumpkin

Diamine Terracotta – pretty! rich but not as dark as Diamine Ancient Copper

Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin – pretty green, might be too light for daily use though

Diamine Sahara Grey – umm, where’s the grey in here?

J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune – pretty dusky purple

Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst – a richer more vibrant purple, but looks really similar to Poussiere de Lune here.

Diamine Blue Velvet – positively electric, but still not as much as Noodlers Baystate Blue.


Goulet Pens Ink Drop – September ’15

If you are into fountain pens – either as a beginner or advanced user – you’ll soon see the appeal of testing out new inks via ink sampler vials before committing to a whole bottle. If you only get inks occasionally or know exactly what you like, you can get them one by one from places like Goulet Pens, Anderson Pens, or Isellpens.com. But if you like experimenting and being surprised with new ink colors every month, then check out the Goulet Pens Ink Drop subscription. Every month they will ship out 5 ink samples to you based on a specific theme (check out Goulet’s Ink Drop Archives for past Ink Drop collections).

I recently received September 2015’s Ink Drop collection, and love these vibrant jewel-toned colors. I swabbed them right away onto my Maruman Mnemosyne Word Book cards. Pelikan Edelstein Jade and Topaz look especially fabulous.


Ink Sample Organization Revisited

When I last posted about these awesome test tube racks I found on Amazon ….


…. that I use to hold all my fountain pen ink samples (they come in little vials like from Goulet Pens for example), I hadn’t yet developed a good system for the color coding of the labels. I’ve since been inspired by @sightofthesea and @murberdraws on Instagram, and have redone all my ink sample labels using these hole reinforcement stickers from my local Target:


I used a Q-tip dipped in my ink to swab the stickers. The only downside is that they get really fragile the more saturated they get – if I waited too long to affix them to my ink vials, they practically disintegrated on me. I had to do each vial one by one – swab, peel off, stick on vial. You can see in the pics where they got wonky or started to warp on me – they’re not all perfect circles.


I love how the ink vials look now!! So clean and colorful.


It almost feels like some variation on a Tetris game haha.


I liked how they looked so much I even put them on some of my cute little ink bottles too.


Now I can instantly see what color I might want to use!


If you want other ideas on how to label your ink samples, check out these great pics on Instagram from @kskyart and @vittar. To find these labels, look for AVERY brand labels, type number “5408”, they’re 3/4″-round labels that fit the tops of sample vials perfectly.



Inky Goodness: J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor

The new hotness in the fountain pen ink world right now is J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor. Causing a lot of excitement and anticipation, this new color is part of the 1670 Inks Collection. From the J. Herbin website, “The 1670 Collection celebrates the rich life and adventures of J. Herbin, an enterprising French sailor of the mid-17th century. He made a number of voyages to India, collecting ingredients and formulas for his sealing wax and inks. Today, Herbin inks are widely used and internationally renown.”

The first ink in the collection is Rouge Hematite. At first more of a dark red with green sheen, it was later reformulated and legend goes it now has more gold sparklies similar to Stormy Grey. I alas have the first bottle, with very unobtrusive amounts of gold glitter. Below is a pic from my bottle written with a Noodlers Ahab.


The second ink in the collection is Stormy Grey, a warm gray with heavy gold accents.


The third ink is Bleu Ocean, which I do not have a bottle of yet so have no sparkly ink shots to share. But Google has plenty to go around!

Emerald of Chivor is the 4th in the 1670 Anniversary line of inks by J. Herbin, this ink is a dark teal green that has a completely unexpected and wondrous red sheen in certain papers, especially the magically delicious Tomoe River Paper. Here are some comparisons on different papers.

Written with a Noodlers Ahab in a Quo Vadis Habana notebook – you get a lot of gold but not a lot of red:



From a Midori Traveler’s Notebook grid refill (again with a Noodlers Ahab):


Here are samples of EoC written on Tomoe River paper with the Noodlers Ahab – you can see how the red sheen pops out, it literally becomes a different ink before your eyes.




Moral of the story? To get the wicked red sheen, use Tomoe River Paper. If you’re good with a dark teal green with ridiculous amounts of gold sparkle, then enjoy on the paper of your choice. And mostly I just wanted to share in my sparkly gorgeous ink pics haha.

Fountain Pen Ink and Stillman and Birn Beta Sketchbook

Experimenting with how fountain pen ink and a waterbrush works in my new Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook.




REALLY loving how these colors blend together!


A Fool With A Pen – Review of Diamine’s 150th Anniversary Inks

I came across this fantastic review of Diamine’s 150th Anniversary ink series by A Fool With A Pen, and seriously cannot stop looking at these gorgeous pics, I LOVE them. Check the link out for more beauties like this close-up of Diamine Terracotta.