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.
The ink was named after Inti -the ancient Incan sun god. He is revered as the national patron of the Inca state. Although most consider Inti the sun god, he is more appropriately viewed as a cluster of solar aspects, since the Inca divided his identity according to the stages of the sun. Worshiped as a patron deity of the Inca Empire, he is of unknown mythological origin. The most common story says that he is the son of Viracocha, the god of civilization.
Inti used to be my favorite ink. It was before I got to know Sailor inks better, Such an experience changes a lot.
Still, I think that Inti is worth attention, especially if you use wet nibs. For example in wet medium nib of Omas Paragon it displays awesome shading and looks very well. Depending on the pen and paper combination you use the final effect may vary. In driest pest you’ll feel the ink lacks lubrication, in wetter ones the flow will be smooth and consistent.
I haven’t experiences any kind of misbehavior with this ink – no bleedthrough or feathering, even on papers where most other inks tend to feather. No hard starts, no clogging. This inks are perfectly safe for vintage pens that use sacks.
The ink tends to grow darker if you leave the pen uncapped for a while, but it’ll start even after 2-3 minutes of pause and that’s something I appreciate in inks performance.
Drops of ink on kitchen towel
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