Lamy Dark Lilac: Ink and Paper Pairings

Hi there, fountain pen friends! Madigan here. The elusive purple pen many of you (and myself included) have been anxiously awaiting has finally arrived! I cannot contain my excitement over today’s release of the oh-so-beautiful Lamy Safari Dark Lilac. I’ve fallen in love the gorgeous matte purple body and the black nib and clip. It’s the perfect pen to round out my collection!

One of the great thing about Lamy Safaris is that they are great for everyone, from beginners to fountain pen experts. Lamys are work horses- perfect for long writing sessions and lots of note taking. Swappable nibs make this pen customizable as well.

You may have been scouring our selection of purple inks at the Swap Shop to find the perfect ink to match this gorgeous pen. will, of course, be carrying the gorgeous Lamy Dark Lilac Ink in bottles, ink samples, and ink cartridges. It’s a gorgeous deep purple that will fit this pen perfectly. If you want to know more about it before making the purchase, read this excellent Ink Review by Mateusz Pitak.

Photo and Ink Review by Mateusz Pitak

I always like to have a couple of different ink options when using a new pen. I’ve put together some other inks that would look great with this pen. Need a new notebook to coordinate as well? I’ve taken care of that too. Take a look at my list of coordinating inks, paper, and accessories below to take the guesswork out of getting everything you need to enjoy your new Dark Lilac Safari!

Top Ink Recommendations:

1. Diamine Bilberry

Diamine Bilberry is a deep, dark purple, perfect for pairing with your new Dark Lilac fountain pen. It’s well behaved and even has a little bit of sheen when it pools. It also just has a fun name! You can get Diamine Bilberry in a number of sizes, making it great for those who want to commit to a full bottle or just dabble. Find it in a 80ml glass bottle for $14.95, a 30ml plastic bottle for $7.50, or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25 all at

2. De Atramentis Document Ink Violet

If you want a more permanent purple ink, the new De Atramentis Document Ink Violet is your best bet! These inks are steadfast, fairly fast drying, and some of my favorite permanent inks around. Fill up your Lamy Dark Lilac with De Atramentis Document Ink Violet to make a perpetual purple writing statement. You can find De Atramentis Document Ink Violet in 35ml bottle for $19.95 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.75 at

3. Diamine Purple Pazzazz

If you want that wow factor, ink up your new Lamy Dark Lilac with Diamine Purple Pazzazz! This ink is a deep purple with a zing of glittering gold. It’s ideal for letting your writing shimmer and shine this spring. Get yours at in a 50ml bottle for $20 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.75.

There is a reason that Noodler’s Black is our best selling ink. Not only is it bulletproof (meaning water resistant and laser proof, you know, just in case you need that), it has great flow, is fairly feathering resistant, and is just an all around great ink. It would also match the clip and nib on the Lamy Dark Lilac perfectly. Noodler’s Black is available in a large 4.5oz bottle for $18, a 3oz bottle for $12.50, or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

5. De Atrementis Document Ink Black

De Atramentis Document Ink Black is probably my favorite black in. It’s fairly quick drying, waterproof and has great flow. It is a little more expensive than the Noodler’s Black above, but if you are going to be using your new Lamy Dark Lilac for sketching, I highly suggest giving De Atrametnis Document Ink Black a try. It’s available in a 35ml bottle for $19.95 and a 2ml ink sample for $1.75 at

6. Diamine Golden Sands

This is my contrasting ink suggestion! Purple and yellow are complimentary colors on the color wheel. Most yellow inks are somewhat hard to read in my opinion, but Diamine Golden Sands has a shimmer that makes it pop from the page. I love this ink so much I even did a Monday Matchup and Ink Review on it! If you’re looking for an ink that will stand out in your ink window, try this one. You can find Diamine Golden Sands at in a 50ml bottle for $20 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.75.

If none of these are doing it for you, give the Ink Sample Package- Bold Purples a try! It contains 8 of our top selling bold purple ink samples for $9.55.

Top Paper Recommendations:

1. Rhodia No.16 Dotpad

A Rhodia No.16 Notepad is a staple for fountain pen users. In fact, the first notebook I was handed when I walked into Goulet! The dot grid makes it great for sketching out ideas or simply writing in straight lines. The paper quality is fantastic for the price. Additionally, the black cover will go perfectly with the black trim on the Dark Lilac fountain pen. You can find the Rhodia No. 16 Dotpad at for $5.75.

2. Rhodia Rhodiarama Notebooks

Another great Rhodia option is the Rhodia Rhodiarama notebooks. While I’d personally go with one of the purples to match the Dark Lilac, some of the other colors like the light blue and brown, could really make the pen pop. These notebooks all come with lined pages of premium Rhodia paper, which is smooth slightly off white and incredible for fountain pens.

3. Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks

I love Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks! It matches paper quality with portability. The numbered pages and table of contents at the front make it easy to find what you’re looking for without tabs. The colors are also stellar. I can see the purple being a fantastic match for the Dark Lilac, but it might be fun to go with a black or yellow for contrast. You can find the Leuchtturm1917 notebooks in Medium for $19.50 and Large for $29 at

4. Maruman Mnemosyne Notebooks

Maruman Mneomosyne Notebooks are another fantastic paper option for the Dark Lilac. Great paper quality available in several sizes and portrait and landscape styles. The imagination notebook is a particular favorite of mine- it’s perfect for sketching. You can find this line of notebooks at ranging from $2-$13 depending on the size. 

Are you going to be getting the Dark Lilac? What ink and notebook will you be using with it? Let me know in the comments below!

Write on,

2017-10-11T13:48:11+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Pen Reviews|19 Comments
  • soniasimone

    Ordered! With a sample of the dark lilac ink, and I picked up two of the Goulet Tomoe notebooks as well.

    Happy face. 🙂

    • Hey Sonia! I can’t wait to get my pen inked up!! I think I might go with the Diamine Golden Sands first. Those Goulet Tomoé notebooks are seriously the best. You are totally going to love them. Did you get it to go in your Midori or another size to use for notes?

      • soniasimone

        Both. 🙂 I have a pad of the Tomoe but don’t use it, so this is perfect. Snagged a passport size for the Midori, then an A5 to see if it works well with my Saddleback leather notebook holder.

        Goulet and Saddleback should do stuff together. 🙂

        • That is a really interesting idea! I didn’t know they were doing notebook holders. I’ll have to check it out… Do you think we could talk them into doing pen sleeves?

          I had a total meta moment yesterday- I was listening to your podcast while you were commenting on a blog I wrote. Loved what you said about the constraints of corporate workplaces. I’m so glad I work at a place where I get to bring my “true self” to work. 🙂

  • While waiting for the pen to be available I decided that I “needed” a Lamy Joy AND the Pilot Parallel Rainbow set, so I ordered those along with the Dark Lilac pen in medium and a bottle of the Dark Lilac ink. Those Goulets are devious indeed!

    • soniasimone

      Darn them for tempting us with so many treats. 😀

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Ooooo! good choices, Betty. Definitely never such a thing as a pen you don’t need 😉 Lucky you getting the ink before it sold out too!

  • Boyd Garrett

    I recently read a review of the Mont Blanc Lavender Purple ink which intrigued me, so I recently picked up a bottle of it (elsewhere, of course, since you don’t carry it, sorry) and I inked up one of my Metropolitans with it yesterday. I like it, but it’s more subdued than I expected. I like the look of the Diamine Purple Pazzazz, so I’m sure I’ll pick up a bottle of that soon.

    The only paper I have right now is a Rhodia No. 16 Dotpad. Wait, I also have a Field Notes notebook that a friend gave me a year or so ago (pre-fountain pens), which sits unused so far in my new Nock Hightower case. I’m sure I’ll expand beyond that in the near future.

    I eagerly await the arrival of my Dark Lilac Lamy Safari (my first Lamy)!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Purple Pazzazz is so great! and fun to say too! That Rhodia is a great choice! I love my Rhodia dot pad. Hope you love the Dark Lilac. I have a neonlime safari and it’s my favorite.

  • Starchix

    Purple pen lust is about to be satisfied. I await my pen … the roads between Virginia and Oregon are paved in purple just now. A question about notebooks. I see photos of a gorgeous deep purple Leuchturm notebook, but can’t find it on your website. Is it real? Are you out, or is it a color you don’t carry? Or is just a cruel hoax?!

  • MickInVermont

    All great ink recommendations. I’m really enjoying the DeAtramentis Document Black in my charcoal Safari (thanks Liz Steel) but when the Dark Lilac Safari arrives (you shipped today) I’m planning on inking up with Diamine Eclipse. Eclipse looks black until you see it next to an actual black ink. A purple that’s discreet!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Good choice, Mick! I have been using Diamine Damson in my purple metropolitan. I like that it is a dark enough purple to still be subtle for everyday use. I’ll have to give Eclipse a shot soon though! Hope you love your Dark Lilac when you get it!

  • Wendy

    First off, I love the recommendations. You have listed many of my favorite inks! I have ordered a new Dark Lilac Safari in fine and it is on its way. I can’t wait. 🙂 I was planning on putting Noodler’s Black into it because I plan to use it not only for writing notes, but for sketching. You recommended the De Atramentis Document Ink Black as being better for sketching, but did not state why other than being bulletproof and fast drying. I’m curious to know your thoughts on why the De Atramentis Black is better than the Noodler’s Black for this task. I have not used De Atramentis Black before.

    • Hi Wendy! A lot of sketchers prefer Document Black because it dries quicker and resist smearing. If you are doing any sort of water color or ink wash over your sketches, I’d definitely say go with the Document Black over the Noodler’s Black. I hope that helps! 🙂

      • Wendy

        I haven’t been doing watercolor in the past, but plan to give it a trial soon. I have noticed a little smearing with the Noodler’s Black when I didn’t wait long enough for a page to dry. I’ll look into the De Atramentis Black for the future. Thanks for the input. 🙂

  • Erick Leong

    Just ordered a sample of the Dark Lilac and the Purple – Bold sampler. I’m hoping this will tide me over until the full size bottles of the Dark Lilac get in. I’m excited to get my Dark Lilac pen too. Cheewhoo! Lol

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Hope you find a few new favorites among your new samples, Erick! The pen is absolutely gorgeous. My favorite shade of purple, spot on!