Itzamna – L’Artisan Pastellier Callifolio ink

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:

  1. Anahuac
  2. Andrinople
  3. Aurora
  4. Bleu Atlantique
  5. Bleu Azur
  6. Bleu Equinoxe 5
  7. Bleu Equinoxe 6
  8. Bleu Mediterrannee
  9. Bleu Pacifique
  10. Bleu Ultramarine
  11. Baikal
  12. Bonne Esperance
  13. Bordeaux
  14. Bosphore
  15. Botany bay
  16. Bourgogne
  17. Byzance
  18. Cannelle
  19. Cassis
  20. Grenat
  21. Gris de Payne
  22. Havane
  23. Heure Doree
  24. Inca Sol
  25. Inti
  26. Itzamna
  27. Noir
  28. Oconto
  29. Ohlanga
  30. Olifants
  31. Olivastre
  32. Omi Osun
  33. Sepia
  34. Teodora
  35. Violet
  36. Yalumba

Let’s start with a name.

The ink was named after Itzamna – upper god in mayan mythology. Wikipedia says that J. Eric S. Thompson originally interpreted the name Itzamna as “lizard house”, itzam being a Yucatecan word for a single iguana and naaj meaning “house”. With time this interpretation was abandoned  and while there is no consensus on the exact meaning of the name Itzamna, it may be sorcerer.


And now the ink. Depending on the nib and pen you use the color can look saturated or slightly subdued. The ink behaves well on most papers. It’s not wettest ink in the world and it’s lubrication can’t concur with Sailor or KWZi inks but the flow is rather consistent. In wet nibs the ink will feel smooth, in drier ones you’ll feel the paper under the nib.

The shading potential is big. It doesn’t offer any udeful water resistance. I haven’t observed any feathering or bleedthrough.

Ink Splash

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

Color ID

Color range

Tomoe River, Pilot CH 92, medium nib

Leuchtturm 1917, Pilot CH p2, medium nib

Semikolon, Pilot CH 92, medium nib

Clairefontaine Triomphe, Pilot CH 92, medium nib


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