Monday Matchup #27: Platinum Balance Green in Medium with J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite

This week’s Monday Matchup is done by the talented Madigan, on our talented Customer Care team. She was in the Christmas spirit with this combination of red, green, and gold! As she was thinking about Christmas, she couldn’t help but think about Rudolph and his big red nose, which is even brighter than normal with the gold sheen in the J. Herbin Rouge Hematite.

The ink is a mainstay, Rouge Hematite has been easily the most popular J. Herbin ink since it was released 4 years ago as the 340th anniversary ink for the company established in 1670 (hence the ink series name, 1670). The ink is a deep red that brings out an intense gold sheen as it’s put down heavily on ink-resistant paper. It has a lot of shading and varies from bright to deep red depending on how much is put down.

The pen used here is a Platinum Balance with a medium nib, which is a relatively newer pen that’s come into the US this year (see a Quick Look of it here). The green and gold really brings out the Christmas feel with the red and gold ink, and Madigan commented how solid the pen writes. It has good ink flow, and while she thought it was unassuming, it’s now a pen that she has on her radar. She was inspired to do some stippling and other techniques from her doodling days back in school with this matchup.

You can find a 50ml bottle of Rouge Hematite for $26 and the Platinum Balance for $43.20 at

Merry Christmas and Write On,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T14:01:27+00:00 December 22nd, 2014|Monday Matchup|5 Comments
  • Cathy F.

    Rouge Hematite is gorgeous and rightfully a big hit. The cool drawing also reminds me that I wanted to suggest that you tell us what paper is being used for the Monday Matchup artwork. On the GPCo website, you educate us about the types of paper suitable for writing with a FP, but a whole new adventure opens up when applying the FP to drawing and watercolor papers.

    For instance, while I am not a big fan of Noodler's Rome Burning on Rhodia paper, I LOVE filling my Neponset pen with it and drawing away on cold-press watercolor paper. The absorbency of the paper virtually eliminates feathering (no matter how wet the Neponset is running) and the shading you can get is AWESOME.

    The Urban Sketching Movement has helped many of us appreciate the fountain pen as an artist's tool. The Monday Matchup might be a great place to explore some pen and art paper combos for the benefit of this burgeoning market of FP aficionados.

  • Tom Johnson

    Madigan, I just love this! Rudolph is fantastic. I've been using Rouge Hematite in a Vac-700 with a Goulet 1.5 mm nib for my Christmas cards, and it is wonderful (as long as you shake the pen every word or two to keep the gold suspended). Glad to see the Platinum M nib is not too fine to show the gold. I'll try this ink in my F Balance pen, but I think the sparkle won't be as prominent with that nib. I do love the Balance pen for its design and it is a great pen to write with, nicely wet and never falters. Thanks for the artwork, always makes my Mondays special.

  • The Rudolph is amazing. Madigan, just wonderful work. Now I have another ink I have to add to my endless list of inks I want to buy. Not a bad problem to have. I'm afraid my fountain pens to buy list is becoming quite long also.

    Love it. Merry Christmas all!

  • Otter

    Nice job, Madigan! I LOVE this ink and currently have it in the same Conklin that Goulet sells. And now the Platinum Balance is on my radar too. Thanks for always making me consider pens and inks I never really thought about before. 🙂

  • Rajesh buzz

    great done by fountain ,,..!!
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