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Inkshift - Callifolio Heure Dorée To Noir


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InkShift – L'Artisan Pastellier Callifolio Heure Dorée to Noir

With their Callifolio line of inks, L'Artisan Pastellier has produced some really nice ink colours. Some of them are better than others, though. I really like Heure Dorée as a drawing ink, and it is undoubtedly a beautiful ink for journaling with wet & broad pens. But... I'm typically using F/M nibs on my pens, and with these Heure Dorée is definitely too light for my taste. Time to darken it up a bit by adding a bit of Noir - the black ink of the Callifolio series, and see what this produces.

Below is a set of progressive mixes I used while looking for an interesting combination. This mixing experiment turned out really well. In fact, I like almost all combinations.



The mixes shift from a yellow- to a green-olive colour. I even like the dirty-green 1:1 mix. I have several favourites this time:

  • The 1:15 mix makes for a very readable yellow-olive

  • The 1:5 mix looks like a nice green-olive

  • The 1:1 mix is an intriguing dirty-green

I haven't made up my mind yet about my absolute favourite. I would be interested to know what people on the forum consider theirs - please let me know. My plan is to choose one of the mixes in the coming days, and do a more comprehensive review which I will post here on the forum.

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I don't have a favourite, only a remark: the first several steps, from the unadulterated Heure Dorée down to the 1:5 mix, look awfully like the not-entirely-gradual darkening of Platinum Classic Ink Citrus Black.

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Really interesting project you've got going, namrehsnoom.

I'll admit that I'm not a fan of any of the mixes here. I like original (unmixed) color, but I can see where it has the problem of many gold and yellow inks -- too light to be legible.

Wondering what would happen if you mixed it with something that isn't black (a brown or red, maybe).

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

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