Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

How do you use your yellow inks?

Stephanie

Having had the opportunity to test Herbin’s Bouton D’Or fountain pen ink – a happy buttercup yellow, I have to say that I had a difficult time envisioning how I would use such an ink on a regular basis.

I can’t see myself writing with such a light colored ink, and though I pondered its use for highlighting, it bled through the page on a paperback I was reading… Perhaps it would work better on a thicker paper – like one would find in a textbook. As fountain pen inks are water based, I couldn’t use one over top of another without having them bleed together. Pages from my ink jet printer also smeared when I try to highlight over them.

So what am I missing? There must be a use for light colored inks such as this one. So far, the best way I have put them to use is by painting with them – they are very bright and vibrant and add a lot of nice detail to my art.


16 thoughts on “How do you use your yellow inks?

  1. I have two yellow inks – both very similar to the Herbin Buttercup – which I use everyday as highlighting ink: Rohrer & Klingner Sunflower/Helianthus and Diamine Sunshine yellow. I use them in a Lamy Vista with an 1.9 mm nib. I use it on all sorts of paper – from study literature with various paper qualities to crappy copy paper and good notebooks. To avoid unfortunate mixes on the paper I use them together with a waterproof ink like Noodler’s Bulletproof Black, Diamine Registrar’s or Noodler’s Polar Blue. Since I have never been fond of traditional highlighters – too bright and bulky – this is the best kind of highlighter I have ever used. The bleedthrough is very marginal and – in my view – neglectable. So, I’d say yellow inks are perfect as highlighters – both beautiful and functional. :)

    I’ve written about it and showed photos of my yellow ink highlighter on my blog http://ladydandelion.net/2010/02/01/work-tools/ and

  2. I have two yellow inks – both very similar to the Herbin Buttercup – which I use everyday as highlighting ink: Rohrer & Klingner Sunflower/Helianthus and Diamine Sunshine yellow. I use them in a Lamy Vista with an 1.9 mm nib. I use it on all sorts of paper – from study literature with various paper qualities to crappy copy paper and good notebooks. To avoid unfortunate mixes on the paper I use them together with a waterproof ink like Noodler’s Bulletproof Black, Diamine Registrar’s or Noodler’s Polar Blue. Since I have never been fond of traditional highlighters – too bright and bulky – this is the best kind of highlighter I have ever used. The bleedthrough is very marginal and – in my view – neglectable. So, I’d say yellow inks are perfect as highlighters – both beautiful and functional. :)

    I’ve written about it and showed photos of my yellow ink highlighter on my blog http://ladydandelion.net/2010/02/01/work-tools/ and

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