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  1. L'Artisan Pastellier Callifolio - Bourgogne L’Artisan Pastellier is a small company in southern France that specialises in natural pigments, and offers customers authentic and reliable products in beautiful colours based on mineral or vegetable pigments. In a collaboration with Loic Rainouard from Styloplume.net, the chemist Didier Boinnard from L’Artisan Pastellier created the line of Callifolio fountain pen inks. These pastel-colored inks are traditionally crafted, and can be freely mixed and matched. Overall these inks are only moderately saturated, and have low water-resistance. The inks were specifically designed to work well with all types of paper, and all types of fountain pens. Being pastel-tinted, these inks have a watercolor-like appearance, and are not only fine inks for journaling, but are also really excellent inks for doodling & drawing. I only recently discovered them, and they are already the inks I gravitate towards for personal journaling. In this review I take a closer look at Bourgogne – one of the purples of the ink collection. Bourgogne is presumably named after its namesake French wine – reflecting the colour of this delicious produce of red grapes. Capturing the wine’s colour really well, Bourgogne is a dark dusty purple, with a classic vintage feel. There is some subtle shading present. Due to the darker colour of this ink, the shading is more subdued, less obviously present, but nevertheless it’s there and it enhances the character of the ink. This is a moderately saturated ink, with good flow, and one that works well even in the finer nibs. With the broader nibs the ink shows more of its character. With fine nibs the ink’s appearance is ok, but it doesn’t have enough breathing room to show its potential. A good wine deserves a large wine glass where the liquid can breath – this ink deserves a broader nib to make it shine: use an M-nib or broader to enjoy it. Bourgogne is relatively smudge-resistant – the colour spreads, but the words remain legible. The ink is only minimally water-resistant, as is apparent from the chromatography – only a greyish-purple residue remains. With the 15 minute droplet test, what remains on the paper are illegible smudges. Don’t count on being able to reconstruct your writing. With shorter exposures - as illustrated with the 10 to 30 second exposures to running tap water - the ink is more forgiving. A greyish-purple outline of the text remains, which is still readable with some effort. On the other hand – the low water-resistance is a big plus when doodling & drawing. With a water-brush you can easily spread out the ink, and obtain some nice shading effects. I’ve tested the ink on a wide variety of paper – from crappy Moleskine to high-end Tomoe River. For the Callifolio reviews, I’m using a new format to show you the ink’s appearance and behaviour on the different paper types. On every small band of paper I show you: An ink swab, made with a cotton Q-tip1-2-3 pass swab, to show increasing saturationAn ink scribble made with an M-nib fountain penThe name of the paper used, written with a B-nibA small text sample, written with an M-nibDrying times of the ink on the paper (with the M-nib)Bourgogne behaved perfectly on all the paper types, with no apparent feathering even on the lower quality papers in my test set. Drying times are in the 10 second range, so this is a fast-drying ink. On the Original Crown Mill cotton paper, there was noticeable feedback while writing –the ink is drawn straight down into the paper, the effect of which translates into a reduction of nib size. The text that I’ve written with an M-nib looks as though its written with an F-nib. The ink contrasts very nicely with white and off-white paper. In my opinion this purple ink is no good match for more yellowish paper – like Noble Note. I also show the back-side of the different paper types, in the same order. With the low-end Moleskine paper, there is significant show-through and bleed-through. With the other papers, Bourgogne’s behaviour is impeccable. This ink copes really well with all paper types ! Conclusion Callifolio Bourgogne is a very well-behaving ink on all types of paper, but one with only minimal water resistance. I really love the dusty vintage look of this purple ink, and the subdued shading it exhibits. In my opinion though, you need broader nibs to make this ink look at its best. With fine nibs the ink remains fully functional but looses some of its beauty. Overall I find Bourgogne to be a beautiful-looking purple that I enjoy using. If you’re looking for a purple ink, this is definitely one to consider. Technical test results on Rhodia N°16 notepad paper, written with Lamy Safari, M-nib
  2. L'Artisan Pastellier Callifolio - Olivastre L’Artisan Pastellier is a small company in southern France that specialises in natural pigments, and offers customers authentic and reliable products in beautiful colours based on mineral or vegetable pigments. In a collaboration with Loic Rainouard from Styloplume.net, the chemist Didier Boinnard from L’Artisan Pastellier created the line of Callifolio fountain pen inks. These pastel-colored inks are traditionally crafted, and can be freely mixed and matched. Overall these inks are only moderately saturated, and have low water-resistance. The inks were specifically designed to work well with all types of paper, and all types of fountain pens. Being pastel-tinted, these inks have a watercolor-like appearance, and are not only fine inks for journaling, but are also really excellent inks for doodling & drawing. I only recently discovered them, and they are already the inks I gravitate towards for personal journaling. In this review I take a closer look at Olivastre – one of the more recent inks added to the Callifolio line-up, the other one being Teodora. Both are the first green inks in the series. Olivastre is presumably named after Olea Oleaster – the wild olive tree. And this is a wild ink indeed – a stunning dirty green with prominent yellow undertones. Shading is incredible – going from very light yellow-green to almost black-green in the span of a single word. This is a well-saturated ink, with good flow, and one that looks lively even in the finer nibs. With my F-nib, shading was already nicely visible – something that not every ink can do. But if there is one thing that will draw you to this ink, it will be its colour. This is one gorgeous looking ink ! And you’ll have no problem to forgive this green beauty its’ minor shortcomings. Olivastre is relatively smudge-resistant – the colour spreads, but the words remain legible. But the ink is definitely not water-resistant, as is apparent from the chromatography. When the ink comes into contact with water, all text disappears, even after a short 10-second exposure. What remains are only some light smudges. On the other hand – the low water-resistance is a big plus when doodling & drawing. With a water-brush you can easily spread out the ink, and obtain some nice shading effects. I’ve tested the ink on a wide variety of paper – from crappy Moleskine to high-end Tomoe River. For the Callifolio reviews, I’m using a new format to show you the ink’s appearance and behaviour on the different paper types. On every small band of paper I show you:An ink swab, made with a cotton Q-tip1-2-3 pass swab, to show increasing saturationAn ink scribble made with an M-nib fountain penThe name of the paper used, written with a B-nibA small text sample, written with an M-nibDrying times of the ink on the paper (with the M-nib)Olivastre behaved perfectly on all the paper types – it even shows no feathering on the notoriously bad Moleskine paper. This is not a fast-drying ink – mostly in the 15-20 second range, and taking even longer where the ink has pooled. On the Original Crown Mill cotton paper, there was noticeable feedback while writing –the ink is drawn straight down into the paper, the effect of which translates into a reduction of nib size. The text that I’ve written with an M-nib looks as though its written with an F-nib. I also show the back-side of the different paper types, in the same order. With the low-end generic paper and the Moleskine paper, there is significant show-through and bleed-through. With the other papers, Olivastre’s behaviour is impeccable. On Tomoe River, there is a hint of bleed-through on the ink-swabs. One thing I noticed when writing with this ink is that I had occasional issues with skipping, when the ink stopped flowing on a stroke. This in my usual Lamy review pen & nib, that never had such issues before. I’m not ready to blame the ink – but I’m a bit suspicious. In any case, I’m prepared to forgive a lot for the lovely colour I get in return. Conclusion Olivastre is a very well-behaving ink on all types of paper, though one completely without water resistance. The ink has tremendous shading potential, which even shows up in the finer nibs. And this definitely is one hell of a good-looking dirty green ink. I would give it an A+ without hesitation, but there is that suspicious occasional skipping… for this I’ll tune my score down to an A (and if my judgment proves to be wrong – my sincerest apologies to Olivastre ;-) Technical test results on Rhodia N°16 notepad paper, written with Lamy Safari, M-nib
  3. L'Artisan Pastellier Callifolio - Omi Osun L’Artisan Pastellier is a small company in southern France that specialises in natural pigments, and offers customers authentic and reliable products in beautiful colours based on mineral or vegetable pigments. In a collaboration with Loic Rainouard from Styloplume.net, the chemist Didier Boinnard from L’Artisan Pastellier created the line of Callifolio fountain pen inks. These pastel-colored inks are traditionally crafted, and can be freely mixed and matched. Overall these inks are only moderately saturated, and have low water-resistance. The inks were specifically designed to work well with all types of paper, and all types of fountain pens. Being pastel-tinted, these inks have a watercolor-like appearance, and are not only fine inks for journaling, but are also really excellent inks for doodling & drawing. I only recently discovered them, and they are already the inks I gravitate towards for personal journaling. In this review I take a closer look at Omi Osun, one of the many blue inks of the Callifolio brand. The blue inks of the line seem to be named after rivers and lakes – so my educated guess is that the ink is named after the Omi Osun river in southwestern Nigeria. This is a nice blue-green ink, that leans heavily towards the blue side of the spectrum – just as I like it ! The ink is nicely saturated, especially in the broader nibs. It’s also an ink with *lots* of shading, but – again – you need the broader nibs to show this off. The ink started to show a hint of its potential in the F-nib, but you need an M-nib or above to really open up the ink. A nice feature of the ink is that it shows “outlining” – with this I mean that you get a darker-coloured outline around your writing, as illustrated in the blow-up from a broad nib below. This is a very nice graphic effect, that I really appreciate ! Omi Osun is an ink for personal use, not an ink for the workplace. The ink is relatively smudge-resistant – the colour spreads, but the words remain legible. But the ink is definitely not water-resistant. The chromatograply suggests that a light-brown residue remains, but in reality what remains on the paper after coming in contact with water is near illegible. With a magnifying glass and lots of patience, you might be able to reconstruct your writings, but don’t count on it. Even a short 10-second exposure to running tap water made the text disappear. Keep this in mind – not an ink to use if water-resistance is high on your list. On the other hand – the low water-resistance is a big plus when doodling & drawing. With a water-brush you can easily spread out the ink, and obtain some nice shading effects. I’ve tested the ink on a wide variety of paper – from crappy Moleskine to high-end Tomoe River. For the Callifolio reviews, I’m testing a new format to show you the ink’s appearance and behaviour on the different paper types. On every small band of paper I show you:An ink swab, made with a cotton Q-tip1-2-3 pass swab, to show increasing saturationAn ink scribble made with an M-nib fountain penThe name of the paper used, written with a B-nibA small text sample, written with an M-nibDrying times of the ink on the paper (with the M-nib)Omi Osun behaved perfectly on all the paper types – it even shows no feathering on the notoriously bad Moleskine paper. That’s quite a feat ! This is also a fast-drying ink – mostly in the 10-15 second range, even on the Tomoe River paper. On the Original Crown Mill cotton paper, there was noticeable feedback while writing – I also have the impression that the ink is drawn straight down into the paper, the effect of which translates into a reduction of nib size. The text that I’ve written with an M-nib looks as though its written with an F-nib. Strange… I’ve never seen such behaviour before. I also show the back-side of the different paper types, in the same order. With the low-end generic paper and the Moleskine paper, there is significant show-through and bleed-through. With the other papers, Omi Osun’s behaviour is impeccable. On Tomoe River, there is some slight bleed-through on the ink-swabs. Conclusion Omi Osun is a very well-behaving ink, though one without water resistance. The ink has some nice shading in broader nibs, and a wonderful graphic outlining effect that I really like. And this is a blue-green on the blue side of the spectrum, just as I like it. For me – that’s a definite plus. I really enjoyed using this ink, and I think it certainly deserves an A. Technical test results on Rhodia N°16 notepad 80 gsm , written with Lamy Safari, M-nib
  4. I love blues – from lovely turquoise to deep blurples. Last year, I ran across L’Artisan Pastellier Callifolio inks. L’Artisan Pastellier is a “boutique” brand that specially formulate fountain pen inks under the Callifolio name. They are made in France and are not widely distributed. L’Artisan Pastellier are better known for their dyes made for art products. I was able to obtain some samples of a few of their inks and liked them. I ordered a few more and like them as well. I picked up a few of their foil bottles at a pen show, then late last year, I ordered a dozen more foil bottles of mostly blues. Callifolio inks are known for their wonderful blue shades and offer a wide variety from the softer Bleu Azur to the enigmatic Baikal with its strong purply grey overtones. Callifolio inks are very well behaved, and shade and sheen very nicely, especially on Tomoe River paper or the Tomoe River-like Midori 013 refill paper. Almost all of the blues that I have tried, as well as the Grenat, Andrinople, Violet, Omi Osun and Olivastre are fairly wet inks. So far, only Aurora seems to be on the dry side. Note, however, that some Callifolio inks are not deeply saturated. Callifolio inks in the foil bottles are reasonably priced. Vanness Pens sells them for $8.00 for 50ml. I decant the foil bottles into small Nalgene bottles which I purchase for about $1.50 per bottle. They also sell the ink in lovely triangular shaped glass bottles which are a few dollars more. Vanness Pens sells both the foil bottle and glass bottle, as well as samples. Just for fun, I compared several of the Callifolio inks with a few other that I have. After preparing a writing sample (on Hammermill copy paper – fairly fountain pen friendly paper), I then put the page in water to test the water resistance. I left the page in the water for 2 minutes then blotted the paper with a paper towel. The paper was well saturated with the water because it fell apart. I was surprised at the water resistence. I expected the images to be completely gone, but they were not. Next time, I will try this for a longer period of time to see if the color washes out more. Overall, I like the properties of Callifolio inks very much. My apologies for the pictures. I used my iPhone and the lighting wasn't the best.
  5. errantmarginalia

    L'artisan Pastellier Callifolio Grenat

    A really nice color, and beautiful shading, but I still don't love how thin these inks are...
  6. errantmarginalia

    L'artisan Pastellier Callifolio Bleu Azure

    Not my kind of blue, but it might to some people's liking.
  7. vannesspen

    Restocked On Akkerman

    Restocked on several brands of ink- including Akkerman and mini Irishizuku inks. We also have added Callifolio inks to our website; it comes in bags or bottles and is PH neutral. In addition we are taking pre-orders for Bungbox but do have some colors in stock now. You can reach us by email at vanness1938@sbcglobal.net or call us during business hours AT 501-353-2362 with any ink related questions Our website is great place to look at our latest inks and pens.
  8. The Callifolio niks of L'Artisan Pastellier arrived at the SFPG ! The first selection is online. Enjoy ! http://www.sakurafountainpengallery.com/en/boutique/l-039-artisan-pastellier-new-ink-amp-refills Warm regards, Catherine
  9. 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) andENCRES CLASSIQUES (not all of them may have perfect properties however I've tried most of them and had no issues in my fountain pens). 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. The best thing to do is to organize group buy (I've done it twice last year for polish sountain pen board). It's nice thing to do - you get to meet a lot of people to exchange inks and the shipment cost becomes really friendly. Bleu Equinoxe 6 is interesting shade of dark deep blue turquoise. INK SPLASH http://imageshack.com/a/img745/1369/BGPOj2.jpg DROPS OF INK ON KITCHEN TOWEL http://imageshack.com/a/img743/1990/gsfh9g.jpg SOFTWARE ID http://imageshack.com/a/img743/1193/wMJt6y.jpg COLOR RANGE http://imageshack.com/a/img661/4493/tOxp5Z.jpg Calendar - Kaweco Sport, eyedropper mode, broad nib http://imageshack.com/a/img912/161/pzRgOq.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img909/8241/0ntuYY.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img540/1162/7qdXoE.jpg
  10. visvamitra

    Inti - L'artisan Pastellier

    Hi, I'd like to present you another review that I've made for polish fountain pen forum - that's why the text is not written in english. I'd love to prepare new scans (in english this time) but I don't have time. Anyway, I hope at least some of you will find it useful even tough you won't - probably - understand the text as polish is not the most popular language to learn We've (we = www.piorawieczneforum.pl users) made two group buys of L'Artisan Pastellier inks. I had a chance to try almost all inks produced by them. I like some of them, I dislike many of them. Inti is my favourite ink. I find it amazing and simply love it. SWAB http://imageshack.com/a/img594/179/boji.jpg Trace left on paper with the knife: http://imageshack.com/a/img836/9339/7gsq.jpg My software identifies this color as follows: http://imageshack.com/a/img196/4862/kc36.jpg INFORMATIONS Producer: L'Artisan Pastellier Color: Inti Saturation: rather strong Flow: very good in all pens I filled with it Shading: present, I like it Feathering: not really Dry time: 10-15 s on most papers Do I like it: Yes, a lot. 1. Text written with Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche fountain pen (M nib) in my company notebook: http://imageshack.com/a/img843/4869/9867v.jpg 2. Text written in Oxford notebook (unhappily Inti becomes a little flat on scans, it's closer to what you see above on the photo): http://imageshack.com/a/img706/4269/2m1d.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img703/6646/fsoo.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img203/152/3ghr.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img547/6604/t261.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img541/9031/nskf.jpg 3. Text written on Mondi paper http://imageshack.com/a/img809/1442/cjz9.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img839/6079/42pp.jpghttp://imageshack.com/a/img33/9655/ftcu.jpg COMPARED TO OTHER INKS: here http://imageshack.com/a/img607/7272/472a.png





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