It’s the first day of spring, which is great because I’m so sick of winter! The first sign of spring I usually notice in Washington is daffodils and right now they are blooming all over. This week I’ve been pulling out the kids’ spring clothes, putting away their winter coats and getting started on spring cleaning. I’ve had a lot of requests for spring ink palettes lately so here are 8 ink palettes for spring…
This first one is perfect for Easter-pastel colors but still readable.
Robert Oster Whisper Red: I’ve fallen hard for this ink lately, I always seem to have a pen full of it.
Papier Plume Sazerac: one of my favorite oranges
Colorverse Adobe: yellow inks are hard, this is one of the more unusual yellow inks I’ve tried
Diamine Spring Green: bright and cheerful
Robert Oster Viola: it’s a bit dry, so I prefer to use this ink in wetter pens, but I love the color
Papier Plume Garden District Azalea: I always fall back on this one during the spring, it’s a favorite
Spring doesn’t have to mean pastels, this is a good light but bright option.
Robert Oster Yellow Sunset: one of my favorite yellows
Monteverde Topaz: I need to review this one soon, it’s pretty great
Kobe #30 Oji Cherry: bright, wet and wonderful
Monteverde Erinite: this color reminds me of green necco wafers
Diamine Aqua Blue: a great basic blue
All the spring flowers make me want to use pinks and purples.
Sailor Jentle Fuji-musume: one of my favorite spring purples
Diamine Silver Fox: I love this grey, I use it every month
Robert Oster Pinky
Lamy Vibrant Pink
Here’s some dusky options, less bright but still colorful.
De Atramentis Mint Turquoise
Colorverse Jupiter Flyby
Robert Oster Tangerine
Robert Oster Honey Bee
Robert Oster Dusky Pink
Diamine Royal Blue
Robert Oster African Gold
Robert Oster Australian Sky Blue
Monteverde Moonstone: one of my favorite brown inks
Bright ‘n fun, for those days I need some cheering up.
Robert Oster Whisper Red
Robert Oster Peach: I love orange inks that lean more yellow than red
Robert Oster Yellow Sunset
Diamine Kelly Green
Robert Oster Pacific Ocean Teal
Diamine Kensington Blue
Diamine Soft Mint is one of my favorite teal inks, and I use it every spring.
Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji
Pilot Iroshizuku Kosumosu
Waterman Tender Purple
Sheaffer Skrip Purple
Diamine Steel Blue
Diamine Soft Mint
Some days I just want all of the bright things, and these ones fit the bill.
Sailor Jentle Apricot
Diamine Gerbera: a favorite orange and a good shader
Monteverde Garnet: I reach for this ink often, one of my favorites
What’s your favorite spring ink?