J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite Fountain Pen Ink Review

J. Herbin makes good inks, in my subjective opinion. I like the brand overall. I mentioned this in my previous review of one of their inks, the wonderful Cacao du Brésil. Cacao du Brésil, however is an ink from their regular line. Rouge Hematite, on the other hand, is an ink that is anything but regular. It came out a number of years ago. I…

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The Great Fountain Pen Ink Lightfastness Project! Month 3 Update

Following are the results after 3 month of sun exposure. If you’re interested to learn more about my lightfastness project I recommend you to read my initial article on this link. Note that in this article I only show inks that’s been terminated after 3 months of exposure. For previously terminated inks please refer to the Month 1 update and Month 2 update. Vintage 1946…

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Elements of Design – Tonal Value: Part III. Value Keys

Thus far we discussed the importance of understanding and seeing value instead of color as well as demonstrated practical application of using value for building a strong paintings. Now that we understand these concepts, we may move away from the basic mechanics of value and color and take a look at the bigger picture. Value Keys Of course, when speaking of value/tonal keys, we don’t…

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Elements of Design – Tonal Value: Part II. Tonal Value and Painting Practice (Value Study)

In Part I we talked about value scales and the relationship of value and color. Now that we understand how color and value work, we’re going to put this knowledge into practice. As we discussed in the previous article (and I highly recommend you to read it before proceeding), proper, and to an extent, accurate judgment of each individual color and the infinite mixes you…

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