an ink with at least four colours

J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor
It’s Fountain Pen Day today, so I thought I’d better post something. It’s been a while!

I made the image above with a Pilot Parallel Pen and J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor ink. It’s true: this ink has shading and sheen and gold particulate that produce the four colours seen above. I bought two bottles.

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3 thoughts on “an ink with at least four colours

    • Looking around the web I can see that it sometimes photographs green and sometimes blue. I laid it on thickly with a parallel nib (very wide) to get more gold particles and red sheen. The four squares which are mostly blue were blotted quickly.

      I have also been writing with this ink in a fine nib and it looks more green! So I would say the nib thickness and possibly the paper absorbency makes a difference.

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  1. Thank you. That is by far the most evocative demonstration of this ink to which, despite being a 1670 rouge fan, I had not paid much attention.

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