INK SWAB 206: L’Artisan Pastellier Classique Bouton D’Or


I’m always on the look-out for new (to me) fun inks to try.  I recently discovered Ink by the ML and maybe went a little crazy with samples.

L’Artisan Pastellier Classique Bouton D’or is a terrific yellow/orange. I would say that this swab scanned a bit darker than the color is in real life. Some people may find this one a bit too light to have a practical application – I, however, adore it and will be hunting down a full-sized bottle.

So, since we’re on the topic, which off-the-beaten-path inks do you adore?

INK SWAB 201: J Herbin Orange Indien



J Herbin Orange Indien is a nice ink with decent color. It’s no match for my favorite orange, Diamine Pumpkin, though.

Because of all that’s been going on, I’m happily behind on ink swabs for the year. I’ll definitely get to 365 eventually – probably even more than that (so many inks, so little time). I also want to get back to full reviews here – I’ve been putting some mini reviews up on Instagram.

My sister said I should tell my “fans” #sorrynotsorry from her.

INK SWAB: 191/365 – Noodler’s Dragon Catfish Orange


Noodler’s Dragon Catfish Orange is more of a peach-pink color in this swab. I have found that some of the highlighter inks fade a bit more easily than other inks – even with my samples always stored in a dark cabinet. Or maybe there has been a labeling problem – I’m really not sure what is going on here.

Here’s a link to Goulet Pens – I’d suggest checking out the reviews before buying this ink and even then I would never ever put this into a fountain pen. Never. Ever. I’ve seen first-hand the problem with Year of the Golden Pig – it arrived completely as expected and turned to goop pretty quickly. Scary stuff.

INK SWAB: 167/365 – Private Reserve Copper Burst



People like Private Reserve Copper Burst. I can definitely see why – the color is decent and there is a so much potential for shading.  Unfortunately, when I wrote with this ink earlier this year, I found it to be super-duper crazy dry. Maybe I’ll try a fresh sample in a different pen one day and see if that makes a difference.

Tell me what you think of this ink? I’d love to hear all about your experiences with it.