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.