Since the red cottages are so common in the country side it is easy to become blind to the colour – the warm, matte, deep red. Even if it is matte it has a special lustre when one looks close and it enhances the natural beauty of the wood and thus wooden surfaces painted with this feels very alive and organic.
It wasn’t until I got J Herbins anniversary ink 1670 that I really began to see the iron oxide red as something more than the common red-countryside-cottage-with-white-trims-concept.
Thus, I saw and began to take photos of rust, painted surfaces, some more rust and was happy that I finally realized how beautiful this red is – especially when one gets close to it. When close one feels a faint, metallic scent of (at least if it wasn’t a very long time since it was painted) which reminds me of childhood summers with scratched knees, mosquito-bites, shrieking swallows and pale summer evenings. It is special to find beauty in something ordinary that one has seen all life without really seeing it – like finding a hidden treasure; even though it has been in the open all the time.
So, I’ve been obsessed with this red the past months. The Herbin 1670 actually have that same lustre – very hard to explain what it is, but like small, discreet sparks of lustre within the matte – making the colour deep and alive and a joy to write with.
I thus got very happy when I got the nice little ring top above – patterned in black and deep, warm red swirls that makes a perfect match to the Herbin 1670.
This is one of the few inks that I really enjoy see on the upper side of the nib -and it suits this handsome (left foot oblique) particularly well.