Posted 05 June 2020 - 15:55
1) I like the idea of coral/flamingo/salmon colored inks - the borderland between pink and orange is a luminous and interesting one. I also like my writing inks "subdued", so trying to find the balance between luminous and subdued is not easy. I took a punt on De Atramentis' Salmon (also available as "Lachs"), but although I like the hue, found it to be too bright and watery for practical use. Monteverde were giving out "Coral" at the LA Pen Show in `19, which was a nice change after years of Malibu Blue, but the drawbacks were similar.
2) Earlier this year, as part of a larger order, I threw in a few samples of De Atramentis' Brown and Gold inks. One of these was Yellow Ochre, which doesn't sound so interesting but I guess I threw it in because I like their Khaki so much. I was quite surprised then to find it was a gorgeous pink sandstone color - kind of like Herbin's Rouille D'Ancre but with the bubblegum removed. The sample disappeared in a day or two and I posted many images on here as to how I had found my perfect Rouille D'Ancre substitute. Which is rather embarrassing in retrospect because . . .
3) When I ordered, toot sweets, a full bottle of Yellow Ochre, it turned out to be . . . . exactly what you would expect from an ink with that name - a rather nice but unsurprising sandstone.
Thankfully there was a solution to having my new favorite ink snatched away from me - I started adding quantities of Salmon to a base of Yellow Ochre and found that, at about a 50:50 ratio I was somewhere close to that unrepeatable sample, a kind of "Bryce Canyon" (look it up - stunning!) pink limestone, or possibly stewed rhubarb (yum!), but anyway an orange-pink that was also earthy and subdued enough for everyday writing.
Bit of a long story, worth sharing in case there is anyone else looking for an orange-pink that is subdued rather than retina-searing?