Pantone Fall 2018

I’m obsessed with ink palettes, it’s a bit of a sickness really. Every little while I post a seasonal ink palette based off of what I’m loving right now, but for today I decided to match up inks with Pantone’s 2018 Fall Trend Report. This year they did a Top 10 Color Palette, and a Classic Color Palette. I love having two different palettes to work from. Frankly, I’m not trendy at all, but Pantone is great at keeping up with the current trends, so let’s find some inks that match their colors.

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Classic Color Palette, left to right:

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I love neutral inks, so I rather love this palette. Between the Top 10 and the Classic Colors, there are a million color palettes you can create. Here’s some of my favorite combinations:

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Robert Oster Maroon 1789, Robert Oster Khakhi, Monteverde Mulberry Noir, and Colorverse Gravity Wave. I love this color combo.

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Robert Oster Caffe Crema, Diamine Flowers Tulip, Robert Oster Ng Special ‘16, and Colorverse Adobe. I would call this more of a classic fall palette since it has brown, red, orange and yellow, what most people call “fall” colors.

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Diamine 1864 Blue Black, Robert Oster Caffe Crema, Robert Oster Maroon 1789, and Monteverde Mulberry Noir.

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Diamine 1864 Blue Black, Monteverde Mulberry Noir, Robert Oster Ng Special ‘16, and Colorverse Gravity Wave.

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Robert Osteer Maroon 1789, Diamine Silver Fox, Colorverse Gravity Wave, and Monteverde Mulberry Noir.

Do you think you follow color trends or just use what you love? Come back next week to see my favorite fall stationery supplies.

Disclaimer: All photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Col-o-dex Review

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A little while ago I got an email from Vanness Pens stating that a reader had sent me a gift card just to be nice. So whoever you are, thank you! I’ve wanted to try these Skylab Letterpress Col-o-dex cards since they came out, and decided to use the gift card to try them out. I love the Col-o-ring and use it everyday so I really wanted to try this new set. You can find the cards online at Vanness Pens or The Well-Appointed Desk.

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Top to bottom, the Col-o-dex Tab Accessory Pack, the Col-o-ring, and the Col-o-dex Rotary Cards. I use the Col-o-ring for all of my inks, but decided to create a separate set of swabs for the inks I have full bottles of. That’s where the Col-o-dex comes in.

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On the left is the standard ‘dex cards and on the right is the tab accessory pack. The tabs come in this kraft, a Blue Raspberry and a Limeade Green. The cards have the same 100lb/160gsm bright white paper as the Col-o-ring, but the cards are 4”x2.625” to fit in the average Rolodex. Each pack contains 100 cards. The tabs pack contains 20 cards.

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I did some testing to see which swatch method would work the best for me. I did six different swabs and posted them on Instagram so readers could vote. The left middle was the most popular, so that’s the one I stuck with. Ana from The Well-Appointed Desk also has some different styles on her site, you can find them here.

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I use a number 2 Master’s Touch Watercolor Round brush, and a Pelikan 400N. Right now I have the swabs grouped by color and shimmer inks on their own in the back. I’ve found the shimmer usually rubs off onto the surrounding swabs, so I stick them in their own category.

Ana recommended this Heidi Swapp Memorydex Card Tray, and it works perfectly for the cards. I keep my swabs in my desk drawer so the light doesn’t degrade the colors, and the tray fits perfectly in my drawer. I’m keeping an eye out for a vintage rolodex that I love, but I haven’t found the perfect one yet.

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My daughter helped hold the cards at one end. There are 100 cards in there right now, so this box can hold quite a few cards.

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I love these little cards. They are perfect for swabbing inks, and the rotary style is very helpful. I need to get a few more sets so I can finish swabbing all of my bottles, but I would absolutely recommend them.

Disclaimer: I purchased this product with a gift card. All photos and opinions are my own. This post does contain an affiliate link, but is not sponsored in any way. 

Apica CD Notebook Review

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I love notebooks. I’m one of those crazy people that always has a few empty ones on the shelf just in case. I purchased the Apica CD Spiral Notebook when I visited Paperquirks a few months ago. They don’t have it available on their website yet, but you can find it online at Vanness Pens.

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The B5 notebook measures 9.9" x 7" and holds 50 lined sheets of paper. The top and bottom lines have dots to help you make graphs or diagrams. The notebook cost $6. The cover is very sturdy. B5 size notebooks can be hard to find in the United States, but it’s my favorite size for my school notes.

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The Spine

The spiral binding seems strong, I haven’t had any bending issues.

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The paper behaves pretty similar to Rhodia, and shows shimmer without issues. The ink dries pretty quickly.

The paper handles fountain pens pretty well, no feathering or bleeding, and even shows just a little bit of shading.

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The only issue with fountain pens on this paper is that it’s a bit sensitive to hand oils. On the right hand side of the picture above you can see where the ink didn’t take because the paper had already soaked up oil. My hands aren’t unusually oily, but the paper seemed rather oil sensitive. The paper works best if you keep an extra sheet under your hand as you write.

The paper did handle highlighters and gel pens well. The paper is very slick, so it’s not the best for pencils, but it does ok.

Overall, this paper performs pretty well for fountain pens, and great for gel pens. If you like Rhodia, give this one a shot. It’s pretty affordable, a great size, and performs well.

Disclaimer: I purchased this product myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.

Ink Review #448: Rohrer and Klingner SketchINK Lotte

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We are finishing up black ink week with Rohrer and Klingner SketchINK Lotte. The SketchINK line is pigmented, and usually very water resistant. Since it is pigmented, you need to shake the bottle before filling. It is very foamy when shaken. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens.

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The color:

Lotte is a basic black.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has a very shiny finish. Not sheen, just very shiny.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: High-the ink did not budge.

Feathering: Low-there was just a little bit of feathering on Rhodia in the flex nib.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: no shadingno sheen, and no shimmer. It does look a little bit lighter in drier nibs, but doesn’t show actual shading.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was just a little bit of feathering, and some bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Colorverse 1 Sunspot, Rohrer and Klingner Lotte, and Sailor Jentle Black. Click here to see the R&K inks together.

Diamine Onyx Black, Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi, and Pelikan Edelstein Onyx. Click here to see the black inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a broad Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a wet flow and shiny finish.

I used a broad Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a wet flow and shiny finish.

Overall, I love that it’s water resistant. I think it would be great for working with watercolors when you need a waterproof ink. It has a nice wet flow, but because it’s pigmented it’s a little bit more high maintenance than your average ink. I would at least rinse out the pen once a month just to keep the pen working well.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #447: Aurora Black

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Let’s take a look at Aurora Black. I have heard about this ink from a million people who love it, so I finally decided to give it a try. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens.

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The color:

Black is a great basic, dark black, very saturated.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there is just a little bit of sheen.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: no shadinglow sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was just a little bit of feathering, and some bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Colorverse 1 Sunspot, Aurora Black, and Sailor Jentle Black. Click here to see the Aurora inks together.

Diamine Onyx Black, Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi, and Pelikan Edelstein Onyx. Click here to see the black inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a broad Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a wet flow.

I used a broad Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, it’s a great basic dark black. It is a bit expensive at $18 for 45ml, but has a nice wet flow. I added a full bottle to my wish list, since I love it as an everyday black.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #446: Sailor Kiwa-guro

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Today’s ink is Sailor Nano Kiwa-guro, aka Sailor Pigmented Black. I’m a big fan of Sailor inks, I love the wet flow. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Kiwa-guro is a very shiny black.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has a ton of shine. It’s not sheen, just really shiny.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: I would almost say this ink has two dry times, it’s pretty dry at 40 seconds, but you can still smear the shine finish until 100 seconds.

Water resistance: High-the ink did not budge.

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Very Low

Other properties: no shadingno sheen, and no shimmer. The ink is very shiny, but doesn’t have any sheen.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was just a tiny bit of feathering, but no bleeding. The ink did have a shine finish even on copy paper.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Colorverse 1 Sunspot, Sailor Nano Kiwa-guro, and Sailor Jentle Black. Click here to see the Sailor inks together.

Diamine Onyx Black, Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi, and Pelikan Edelstein Onyx. Click here to see the black inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a broad Pelikan M600 Turquoise on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a great wet flow.

I used a broad Pelikan M600 Turquoise on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a great wet flow.

Overall, the ink has a very shiny finish that can be smeared up to 100 seconds after writing, which is a long time. The ink did not budge with water though, so if you are looking for a water-resistant black, give this one a shot. The ink does perform pretty well on copy paper too. I really like this ink, I just have to be more careful about smearing when I use it.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain an affiliate link, but is not sponsored in any way.