L’Artisan Pastellier is french ink / calligraphy materials producers. They offer two lines of inks suitable for fountain pens: Callifolio (inks made for fountain pens, neutral PH and so on) and Encres Classiques.
L’Artisan Pastellier inks don’t get much love or attention here. I understand this as they’re not easily obtainable. You may buy them directly from the producer’s on-line/stationery boutique.
L’Artisan Pastellier inks cab be bought in nice triangular glass bottles (40 ml), packs alu (60 ml) and small bottles (30 ml). The 36 colors are:
- Bleu Atlantique
- Bleu Azur
- Bleu Equinoxe 5
- Bleu Equinoxe 6
- Bleu Mediterrannee
- Bleu Pacifique
- Bleu Ultramarine
- Bonne Esperance
- Botany bay
- Gris de Payne
- Heure Doree
- Inca Sol
- Omi Osun
Let’s start with a name.
Sepia means a variety of things but when it comes to inks and colors it’s, more or less, clearly defined. Sepia is a genus of cuttlefish in the family Sepiidae encompassing some of the best known and most common species. Cuttlefish ink was formerly an important dye, called sepia. Today, artificial dyes have mostly replaced natural sepia. Unfortunately, true sepia is blanched by exposure to light, so that original sepia drawings by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci need to be kept in the dark and viewed in dim light only.
Below you can take a look at picture made with real cuttlefish sepia:
And here, Leonardo’s sepia toned drawing:
L’Artisan Pastellier Sepia is far from thrilling. The ink feels dryish and is weakly saturated. In theory sepia should be close to following color coordinates:
As you’ll see nelow Callifolio ink isn’t really that close to it. I remember that two years ago I had a sample that looke and felt different. However recently I got alupack from a friend who’s got rid of some of inks and the color I see is rather pale. I guess it can find some use in drawing but in writing it’s not particularly exciting.
Drops of ink on kitchen towel
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