Lately, I’ve been playing with J. Herbin inks. Seduced by the beautiful bottles (with an elegant groove in the front for resting your pen), I picked up some of these fountain pen inks at my local art store, Island Blue. I realize these inks are dye-based and not necessarily light-fast, so shouldn't be considered for any serious calligraphic masterpieces. But, with colours like “Poussière de Lune” (Moon Dust), “Terre de Feu” (Ground of Fire) and “Ambré de Birmanie” (Amber of Burma), they’re hard to resist! So I’m enjoying them while I practice or do work for reproduction... they’re really quite lovely. I haven’t yet succumbed to “Les Subtiles”, the scented versions, but they are tempting me! I may lose all respect for myself as a serious calligrapher if I start using a rose-scented ink. LOL!