Mini-review of J. Herbin’s Lierre Sauvage Fountain Pen Ink #JHerbin #Exaclair #Zentangle

Earlier this week, I briefly reviewed J. Herbin’s Vert Olive, and today I’m doing the same for Lierre Sauvage (Wild Ivy).  

For some reason, I always hesitate to use green, and then when I do, I always wonder why I don’t use it more often.  I find myself drawn more to the olives than to the ‘grass’ greens, but nonetheless, I like Lierre Sauvage.

I didn’t notice any shading on either the Roadbook or the GraF it dot grid paper.  Since I’m left-handed, I decided to try using my right hand for the second writing example, just to see if holding the nib at a different angle would make a difference.  I didn’t seem to.  I’m more heavy-handed with that hand, so the writing was darker over all, but still no shading.  I do know that other’s have had shading with this ink (hence my experiment), so it was either the weather or my pen that made a difference.

This ink is very readable.  Where Vert Olive would be too light for extensive writing, Lierre Sauvage is dark enough even for long correspondence.

It’s a good ink for drawing with black & white values (with green substituted for black, of course.)  It’s not as good for more subtle shading. I had difficulty getting a range of value.  I had to saturate with several layers to get a distinct difference–to the point where the paper was starting to pill.  To get my lights I had to rely on hatching with the white of the paper showing through.  

I’ll say that this ink is in the ‘wet’ range, with a nice flow that makes filling in spaces easy, and provides a nice writing experience.  I know I’ll use it for drawing, because that’s mostly what I do with my fountain pens.  However, if I were going to choose a green ink for writing, this is the one I’d pick.

I think I’m starting to go ‘green’!

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