Ink is a hot commodity in the fountain pen community. When you have plenty of pens to choose from, finding fun and unique shades of bottled ink adds to the experience of fine writing. Bottled fountain pen ink is a great accessory for your collection. When I saw Laban’s new line of ink, the Laban Greek Mythology Bottled Ink, I was greatly intrigued. What makes these inks unique? Will the colors be special enough for me to want? The answer is yes!
I was already eager with anticipation of playing with these inks as someone who is into Greek and Roman mythology. This would be fun to dive into these bottles and create some swatches. And with only five colors in the Laban Greek Mythology Bottled Ink collection, I knew they had to be strong colors for it to be desirable.
Taking a closer look, the names for each color are so appropriately matched. First of all, Aphrodite Pink is a lovely shade of pink. Inspired by her role as the ancient Greek Goddess of sexual love and beauty (Venus in Roman mythology), love, fertility, and occasionally presiding over marriage, this ink is paired well.
Secondly, the Apollo Orange ink is a brighter, yet still deep hue of orange. It resembles Apollo’s role as Greek God of oracles, bringer of light and warmth, healing, archery, music and arts, knowledge, and protection of the young. It’s a strong ink, bold like the sun.
Third, Artemis Navy Blue is probably my favorite of the group. I wasn’t expecting such a rich, deep shade of blue. It’s dark, yet the blue really still shows vividly. Artemis is the Greek Goddess (Diana in Roman Mythology) of wild animals, the hunt, vegetation, chastity, and childbirth. She’s the daughter of Zeus and Leto, twin sister of Apollo.
Fourth is Demeter Brown. This was another unexpectedly wonderful color. Many times a brown ink will be too light or too dark for my liking, but this has a great balance with the slightest tint of grey to it. It resembles the Monteverde Moonstone ink, but with a bit more brown in the mix. Demeter is the Greek Goddess of harvest and agriculture. She’s the daughter of Cronus and Rhea, and sister of Zeus. Her presiding over grains and fertility of the earth, makes this brown perfectly matched.
Finally, the Poseidon Green is a lighter shade of green. I was a little disappointed in how light this green is, even though it makes sense to match the more subtle green tones found in bodies of water. But for such a strong and powerful Greek God, I wanted a strong, deep, vibrant green. Poseidon is the Greek God of the sea (and water in general), storms, earthquakes, and horses. He’s the brother of Zeus and Hades.
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