If you have seen J. Herbin inks, you already know how charming their packaging is. I actually tried my first set because I couldn’t resist the simple yet oh-so-cute packaging and their names- Moondust purple, Bouquet of yesterday pink, Tears of blackcurrant, Amber of Burma among others! They have 30 shades in the La Perle des Encres (The Jewel of Inks) collection which uses natural dyes, is non-toxic and pH neutral. Take a look here at the PDF printable color chart of the entire range. I bought their Orange Indien (Indian Orange) and Lie De The (Tea Brown) inks and can’t wait to try them out on an art piece as the colors are deep and intensely brilliant. Here’s a video of the swatches so you can see them for yourself.
About the brand itself, in case you were curious, The J. Herbin website states,
“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.
Herbin uses all natural dyes in their fountain pen inks. This natural composition is reflected in the very neutral pH of the inks. Each bottle of 30 ml/1 oz ink is elegantly labeled and has a pen rest. They are known as “D bottle pen inks.” The “D” refers to the old French unit of measure “la Demi Courtine.”
The website is filled with a lot of really interesting information about their products and it’s nice to see their attention to such detail. I haven’t seen this on most other pages and quite frankly, it makes for easy decision-making when I am looking for more inks to buy and not sure of which brand to go for.
Do try these inks, I certainly recommend them and will post a sketch using these inks soon! You could even try a calligraphy piece with these inks and various nibs along with water brushes- tons of ideas, really! If you’ve tried these inks, let me know which ones you liked best or are probably thinking of getting? In the meanwhile, happy sketching! 🙂