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Vert de Gris, by J. Herbin


Visiting one of my favorite ink stores this week the owner told me about one of her favorite colors, Vert de Gris by Herbin. A color I somehow noticed before so I had to try it. It is a strange color.. it's grey yes, but it's also green of course and when writing on paper it looks even more blue than green. The color is subtle, neutral and can be used in the office for note taking and of course for personal notes and writing too. 

The behavior of Herbin inks was no surprise; Herbin produces unadulterated, good, well-behaving inks. No feathering, minimal show-through, nice shading (less than usual), quite wet and excellent lubrication. The ink writes very smoothly. Drying times a bit below average and there is some resistance to water... when you're quick enough you can still see what you wrote. 

Big question is, what does this ink compare to? I wouldn't know... it's not a teal despite the blue and green and it's too green or blue to be a proper grey. Comparisons to two Iroshizuku greys and to Herbin's (shimmer) Gris Orage ink simply fail. The color isn't anything like it. Would a low in saturation teal (Syo-ro) compare better? 

All in all this is a very nice ink to keep in the pen for a few days every now and then. Especially in the months November - January.



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