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Shades of Purple Ink

I like purple ink. It’s a nice alternative to blue that’s a bit more interesting, but it can still be used in (most) office environments. Without having to buy 100 different shades of purple ink, I wondered what conservative purple shades of fountain pen ink I could come up with by doing a little bit of ink mixing. Some Daniel Waples hang drum music was just right to create a purple ink mixing mood.

I started with five parts J. Herbin Violette Pensée purple ink and added to it one part of another color of ink. Sadly, I find that purple is a very difficult color to display accurately whether you are using a scanner, digital camera or computer monitor. The above scan has not been retouched and it definitely looks more blue than the actual color samples. I’ll attempt to describe some of the results.

Violette Pensée with J. Herbin Perle Noire (black) produced a dark, purple-black color as expected.

The addition of J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen ink (magenta) seemed to intensify the Violette Pensée and created a very pleasing “royal purple” color. There’s a little bit of shading but since it is so dark it’s rather hard to see it.

J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche (cyan) turned the violet ink into more of a blue-toned ink, and made a dark purplish blue shade.

Not what I was expecting with the addition of a yellow ink, J. Herbin Bouton d’Or actually made the Violette Pensée into a darker color. It’s kind of like a very dark grape juice color.

I wasn’t sure what color J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage (green) would create when added to violet. It turned out to be a dark purple-grey shade of ink.

Violette Pensée and J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary ink (red) combined made me want pour a glass of old vine Zinfandel red wine! This shade reminds me of a rich red wine full of plum and berry flavors. There is a hint of shading with this mixture.

Finally, Edelstein Mandarin ink (orange) warmed up the blue-ish tone of the Violette Pensée and also darkened it to produce a dark purple that is a warm shade. Once again, kind of like a dark grape juice color.

My favorites? I think my first choice would be the mix with Rose Cyclamen so I could write in a royal purple color of ink. Second choice is the shade created by adding the 1670 Anniversary ink.

What is your favorite purple ink? Do you have any purple ink colors that you create yourself? What is your recipe?

Other articles you might like:
Ink Mixing Color Chart
Four Basic Ink Mixing Colors

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