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    Default Ink View: Calle Real: Papier Plume’s next in the history of New Orleans Inspired Inks

    I got a nice surprise from Papier Plume when they sent me a sample of the next upcoming ink. The first one, Street Car Green(SCG), was one that I got by chance and Papier Plumes generosity. I used SCG for my first ink (re)View.

    The ink is Calle Real (Spanish for Royal Street), an ink that follows the theme of historic New Orleans, where each ink released is meant to evoke some portion of the city's history. With each ink bottle there is a brief history of the ink and what it evokes, including a teaser of the next releases (here is the hint, the inks to be released are NOT highlighted, ). All this information is well presented in nice card

    The Card

    Front/Back:


    calle real insert front.jpgcalle real insert back.jpg

    So what is the actual Calle Real? (I know a few may have diferent opinions and thoughts on the matter, so please bear with me if I'm saying something that is not true or completely accurate ). Calle Real according to history is what Royal Street used to be called when Spain had control over New Orleans. It is one of the oldest streets in the city (dating back to when it was a French colony then Rue Royale ) and one of the best known streets in NOLA.

    At some point during the late 1800s and early 1900s the city designated the streets using tiles, one letter per tile (tiles are 4x 6x 3/4and the letter 5) and they were placed on each corner of every block. Now, when you walk New Orleans you will notice that there are wall tiles and street tiles. Yes! But the wall tiles are a way for the city to commemorate the street names as they were known then. The Original tiles are actually the street tiles.

    Here is a picture of one of the wall tiles:


    Calle Sign.75jpg.jpg

    Here is a picture of the street tiles:


    Royal Street20.jpg

    And here a little more on facts: the tiles used are called Encaustic tiles. These are unglazed and the designs and colors are not painted using dyes or minerals, but come from different colors of clay using inlaid patters and then baked. The tiles made through this process are stronger and more resistant to wear/tear. ( from what I could find encaustic is not the right term in theory-, but it is how is commonly known ). The process for creating these types of tiles is costly and time consuming, but the city, per my understanding, makes the effort to maintain the tiles even during renovations. Over the years the tiles remain both as a historic reference and as a characteristic trait of the French Quarter.

    Royal Street is much, much more, located just one block away from the Bourbon Street; Royal Street is no less famous than his street relative. While Bourbon Street is known for its endless bars and nighttime entertainment, Royal Street is the home of multitude of shops and galleries, where you can appreciate during daytime the citys culture and art, street musicians and performers, great for-every-budget restaurants, some upscale lodging, the haunted LaLaurie House (for those that like some good ghost stories) and of course Papier Plume B)

    A well suited start for a commemorative ink.

    So here is New Orleans inspired inks Take 2! Calle Real

    As per Paiper Plume, Calle Real is inspired in the color of the wall tiles, yes some might argue that the color changes from tile to tile depending on the wear and tear and general passing of time, but as per my understanding the ink is based on the more consistent color on the wall tiles.

    As you can guess, Calle Real is a blue ink within the Royal Blue Family, which is a nice play on the Royal name of the street. Ha!

    (disclaimer: I'm still working out the kinks on picture vs. scan to have the most truer representation so it is a work in progress)

    Here is what the swab looks like in the Mnemosyne card

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    After spending some time writing with ink, tossing it on medium and fine pens both wet and dry, and testing it using different papers, I would classify this as a mid-Royal Blue, not too dark and not too light, with a good flow and medium saturation (I personally medium to be a great setting of saturation if you are looking for shading in an ink), and very consistent in terms of properties with the other Papier Plumes inks I have.

    Now on my first review I used 2 kinds of paper. To be both consistent and a little more thorough this time, I used 5 types of paper, Tomoe River, Rhodia, Clairefountaine Thriomphe (CF), traditional copy paper and laid paper.

    The pens used for writing were Parker pens: A Parker Premier Tartan in Fine and Parker Duofold Centennial in Medium. The medium Duofold has a wetter nib, and was the one used for most of the comparisons.

    I looked into the following: Flow, saturation, shading, sheen, bleed-through, see-through/show-through, feathering and pooling. With other tests such as water, bleach and alcohol and dry times. Sometimes it will be a yes/no answer, sometimes 1-5 (1 being poor, 5 being excellent)

    I also came up with the following overview card, thought to be more practical than having full sheets of paper and you can also see the comparison right there.

    Here are some of the results in the crossover overview card
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    You can see that each column is representative of the paper used.

    Flow: Flow is really good, very fluid, and constant across all papers and pens used (not just the ones on this view. feels like you are using water, which is something to say since the ink has some waterproof properties.
    Saturation: I found Calle Real to be a little more saturated, this did not compromised in the shading as much as I would thought, but on the plus side made the ink more vibrant and less subject to the texture of the paper giving it a an even spread.
    Sheen: This ink has some hints of sheen, they can really be seen in the Tomoe River paper, but depending on the wetness of the pen used it can also show in CF and Rhodia (as did in my experience)
    Bleed-through: None for the most part with the exception of the traditional copy paper who sucked in the ink like a sponge
    Show-through: There is some slight, very slight on the CF, more noticeable on the Tomoe River and the copy paper. But not enough to not be able to write on both sides (if the copy paper didnt bleed as it did this will also be true for it).
    Feathering: For the most part Calle real held its ground here. Some minimal feathering with CF and the laid paper (although this last one we can argue is the papers texture). The big fail was on the copy paper not surprising :P
    Pooling: This is not the shading but more on the pooling on the edges of the letters, I enjoy when the inks provide this, and I could see some of this pooling on Tomoe, CF and Rhodia
    Water Resistance: The tests shown on the card were done using an eyedropper, leaving it a few seconds then using a tissue paper to retrieve the excess. But offline I did a more smear/spread test. Tests show that the ink was not really waterproof, but you could potentially recover some of the writing if need to be. One exception was the copy paper, which absorbed the ink and held on to it. I know Im surprised as well.
    Alcohol Resistance: Very consistent across you, would be able to recover from this one
    Bleach Resistance: None, Zip , nada.
    Dry Times: They were very consistent across all but the copy paper (who was record breaking of less than 10 seconds). Now, keep in mind that I was using a wetter nib, the fine nib did better across.

    As for comparison, here are the closest blues I could find from the bottles/inks that I have.

    IMG_5704just blue.jpg

    From the top and then left to right:

    Ink Name Maker Overall notes
    Calle Real Papier Plume N/A
    Blue Visconti Darker , some shading , sheen when it pools, more saturated.
    Royal Blue S.T. Dupont The lightest of the bunch, less saturated, has sheen, and a purpler hint than the rest, good shading.
    Blue Velvet Diamine The darkest of the bunch, More saturated, darker, more sheen, slight shading
    Royal Blue Pelikan Lighter, some shading, some sheen when it pools


    And here is a quick sketch of the Royal Street using Calle Real !
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    but imagine that the street is a very well transited street, in fact it becomes a pedestrian street during the afternoons.

    Here is some Cursive and Block writing for reference.


    IMG_5713.JPGIMG_5710.JPG

    Opinion
    I find blue one of the most personal colors when it comes to what you prefer. I know the same can be said for other colors, but I find blue one of the most extensive out there. That being said, in comparison of what I have experience with, and what I have, I find really good properties on Calle Real, the slightly more saturation allows for more solid lay down of the ink which makes it vibrant (more so than the ones I compare it to), while it also maintains shading properties across all types of paper used. It is work appropriate and fits right in the middle of the inks I have. There is some draw backs in terms of resistance to water, alcohol or bleach, but that is not a deal-breaker. A nice ink that it is pleasant to look at .

    Release
    So, hopefully you have stuck with me until this point. If you like this ink, note that there will only be 30 bottles for sale. From what I understand the first ink released in this collection (Street Car Green) was sold out in less than an hour. The ink will be sold in 1 Oz / 30 ml bottles.

    If someone is interested my understanding is that will be up for grabs this Friday (June 17, 2016)/ or Monday at the latest.

    Availability will be noted through their newsletter first, then Instagram, then Facebook, and finally twitter (in that order).

    you can get this and more other goodies at https://www.papierplume.com/


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    Default Re: Ink View: Calle Real: Papier Plume’s next in the history of New Orleans Inspired

    The ink will be sold in 1 Oz / 30 ml bottles and will look like this:
    calle bottles75.jpg
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    I love it!

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    Ink is up for sale - Calle Real Ink
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    Epic reviews! These caused me to visit Papier Plume and buy the set. Love New Orleans!
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    I have tried 4 Papier Plume inks so far. I especially liked the Pecan and the Oyster Gray. This was an outstanding review of the Calle Real ink. I love everything about your review. I hope you do more of these!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    Epic reviews! These caused me to visit Papier Plume and buy the set. Love New Orleans!
    I'm Glad , they just released their new one - Red beans and Rice - a must have in my books

    Quote Originally Posted by KKay View Post
    I have tried 4 Papier Plume inks so far. I especially liked the Pecan and the Oyster Gray. This was an outstanding review of the Calle Real ink. I love everything about your review. I hope you do more of these!
    I have!, I just have been posting them on FPN, but will continue to post them here as well

    here is the link to the other ones

    http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/fo...en-taste-buds/
    http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/fo...-papier-plume/
    http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/fo...how-exclusive/
    http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/fo...ras-secrecies/
    http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/fo...f-new-orleans/

    I believe the other two inks I did post them here
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    Default Re: Ink View: Calle Real: Papier Plume’s next in the history of New Orleans Inspired

    Yep, got myself some Red Beans and Rice. Happens to be one of my favorite dishes too...
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    Default Re: Ink View: Calle Real: Papier Plume’s next in the history of New Orleans Inspired

    Jack I didn't know that was you that did the Red Beans and Rice one. I had seen that one, and really enjoyed the review. I will look at the other ones you put the link out on too. Thank you. These are fantastic. Excellent, these types of reviews just make my day I tell ya.

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    Default Re: Ink View: Calle Real: Papier Plume’s next in the history of New Orleans Inspired

    This review was/is an absolute joy!!!

    My God...

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    Jack, I can't believe that out of all the ink reviews I've stumbled on FPN, I've never seen one of yours.

    Your ink reviews are so comprehensive, and the sketches... man!

    Love Papier Plume inks, I have Moss Green. And I'm looking forward to see them in two weeks at the Dallas Pen Show.
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