Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Papier Plume Red Beans and Rice Ink

Red Beans and Rice is a very notable Creole dish from New Orleans and is most commonly associated with being eaten on Mondays, as that was washday and women would put the beans in a pot to simmer all day as chores were being done. Papier Plume is a New Orleans based business and ink maker and they have a line of ink that takes inspiration from New Orleans in many different facets. Red Beans and Rice is the latest ink color offering so let’s have a look, shall we?

The bottle is well presented. I love the wax dip on the cap and the Fleur-de-lis stamped within on the top. This is an interesting ink and what I really found fascinating is how different paper makes the color slightly different.
So what color is it? It is a pinkish red with some soft brown undertones. The best way I have found to look at it is this. If I take a red kidney bean and try to write with it, this is the color I envision it making on the page. It definitely comes across more pink than solid red but it is growing on me.

Clairefontaine paper is smooth and I do love it but this ink color really looks washed out on it. The saturation is sucked out of the color on this paper. 

Tomoe River paper really brings out the saturation and crispness the ink has as well as the shading. Red does appear here but in person, it is more pink.

Leuchtturm paper is a middle of the road phenomenon between Tomoe River and Clairefontaine

Mnemosyne seems to bring out more of the red in the color, which is very strange. 

Overall, the Tomoe River paper is my favorite paper for this ink color. I am not much of a pink colored ink lover but this is a muted pink and it is growing on me. The only ink I have in my overflowing collection of ink that is anywhere close to Red Beans and Rice here is KWZ Brown Pink.

Brown Pink is much more pronounced and has more brown inside but I really enjoy both colors. 

This is based solely off of my opinions and experience. I do not represent Papier Plume nor am I being compensated in any way.

1 comment:

  1. Great review, Steve!

    This ink reminds me a lot of the Private Reserve Black Cherry ink I have in my dark red lacquered Cross Bailey right now. Maybe a bit lighter. I'm getting very interested in several of the Papier Plume inks and am really looking forward to visiting them in NOLA in September.