Diamine Chocolate Brown
Diamine Raw Sienna
Diamine Dark Brown
J. Herbin Café des Iles
And the papers are:
Clairefontaine Triomphe (white, which is the only available colour)
G. Lalo Vergé de France: white
G. Lalo Vergé de France: ivory
G. Lalo Vergé de France: champagne
I ordered samples of the three G. Lalo papers from Brian Goulet at Goulet Pens. I had been intrigued by this paper after watching Brian's review of it on his Ink Nouveau blog. Brian sells inexpensive sample packs of each, including several sheets of paper and some envelopes. It was a great way to try out different colours without having to place an order for an entire writing pad of each. I also ordered the Clairefontaine paper from Brian, as well the J.Herbin ink (Brian also sells small ink samplers in tiny plastic containers that are perfect for filling a pen from). The Diamine Dark Brown came with a set of free cartridges that Diamine sent me when I ordered some other inks. I am not associated with Diamine, nor with Brian, in any way other than as a customer.
Below are four scans, one of each paper, and each with writing samples of all four inks. The Triomphe is incredibly smooth paper. The Vergé de France has a slight texture to it.
First, here is the Clairefontaine Triomphe:
Here is the white G. Lalo Vergé de France -- as you can see, it's an off-white:
For the ivory G. Lalo Vergé de France, please see my comment four posts down. I originally posted the wrong scan in this initial message and had to post the correct one in the comment.
Here is the champagne G. Lalo Vergé de France:
My conclusion. I would not be without the wonderfully smooth, pure white Vergé de France for writing in colours other than brown. It looks great with any colour. However, for brown ink, I prefer the muted tones of the Vergé de France. I'm currently favouring Ivory, but I was looking at a Champagne envelope this morning that I had addressed using Café des Iles ink. I am now considering buying a full pad of Champagne Vergé de France, plus envelopes (I already have a full pad + envelopes of the Ivory). Brian, you might be hearing from me again soon!
Edited by desertsquid, 31 May 2010 - 20:56.