colour choice

What Is Our Favourite Colour?

colour choice
The team in our colour choice. See, we do like the colour we chose!

And what does it say about us?!

Here at Bureau we spend a lot of time choosing colours for our products, everything from notebooks, bags, pens and of course inks. Everyone here has their favourite, usually reflected in their clothes, but also in their ink choice. But what does your colour choice say about you?

We decided to investigate with a thoroughly non-scientific piece of research and found that even the most sceptical (that would be me) found something to cling on to. Some of it was spookily accurate so check out our findings and see what you make of it all.


Lovers of black typically have a secretive, hidden nature and an air of mystery. It can be sophisticated and elegant with artistic and intuitive leanings but can hide vulnerabilities, creating a barrier between you and the outside world.

Jo’s Choice

I feel black has a bit of a bad rap here but I do like pink too so maybe I have tempered my dark side a little. My current ink choice is Diamine Moon Dust, a sort of black/grey with silver particles.

colour chart black
Colour chart red


Those who love red are pioneering, ambitious and strong-willed. They tend to be optimistic, confident and competitive with great determination and drive. They are also risk-takers and crave attention.

Dominic’s Choice

I chose red before reading the description of it and so I am having to retro-fit that description around myself. Pioneering? Well… maybe. Ambitious? OK. Strong willed? Is that the same as stubborn? Whatever, red it is. Occasionally in what I wear, sometimes in my pen (Robert Oster Fire Engine Red is there right now and it’s a stunner), and always in my choice of football team (Arsenal, since you ask).


If you love green you will be down to earth, practical, calm, loyal and frank. Good in a crisis and quick to learn, your reputation is important to you and you like to belong to social groups.

Mishka’s Choice

I have hundreds of pens and more inks than Bureau so my current ink is hard to define. One of my all time favourites is Herbin Vert Olive though and I am just about to put Diamine Golden Oasis in a pen.

Faisal’s Choice

I find green very calming and my current choice is Herbin’s Lierre Sauvage which reminds me of the peace and tranquillity of forests.

colour chart green
colour chart blue


If blue is your go-to colour then you are likely to be conservative, reliable and trustworthy. You think before you act and you are genuine and sincere, taking your responsibilities very seriously.

Des’s Choice

In all honesty I don’t write much, I’m a computer guy, I type it up and print it off. If I do write though, I use blue, always have. Current ink choice is Lamy Blue.


Purple indicates a sensitive, compassionate and understanding nature, sensitive to hurtful comments, dignified, creative and perhaps a bit unconventional. You are a perfectionist and a good humanitarian.

Armi’s Choice

I have Diamine Purple Pazzazz in my TWSBI Eco and I write with it daily here at Bureau and at uni. My notes are definitely unconventional and hard to follow but purple makes them magnificent.


Colour chart purple
colour chart yellow


You are happy, fun to be with, creative, analytical and independent. Though methodical in your thinking you can still be impulsive and are prone to snap decisions. Yellow lovers tend to prefer small groups of close friends rather than big social groups.

Emma’s Choice

I’m using a brown ink at the moment but accenting it with a yellow felt pen to give my diary a bit of colour. Current ink choice: Herbin Caroube de Chypre.



Unsurprisingly, pink is strongly connected with the feminine side of our nature, in both women and men. A love of pink is associated with a warm, kind and generous nature. The maternal instinct is strong and care of others is paramount.

Monica’s Choice

I love pink and as a passionate animal lover I have to agree with this. My current ink is Diamine Hope Pink.



colour chart pink
colour chart orange


If you have chosen orange then you are probably warm and optimistic as well as friendly and good natured. Likely to be a bit flamboyant, you are often the life and soul of the party and need people around you.

Sadly we had no takers for orange but if this is your choice then we can wholeheartedly recommend Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin  or Herbin Orange Indien.


If grey is your choice then you are likely to be unemotional, neutral and impartial. Other traits include practicality and calmness and you are likely to want to keep the peace. Your cool nature can come across as indifference though and you are no attention seeker.

Pawel’s Choice

I have a lot of pens with different inks including grey but at the moment I am using an orange – Diamine Ancient Copper though I am definitely not flamboyant!




colour chart grey
colour chart brown


If it’s brown then you are likely to be steady, reliable and approachable. You are hardworking with a dry sense of humour and people like to confide in you. You make a great friend and family is very important to you.

Again, no one claimed brown as a favourite so we simply don’t know if it is spot on or not. If you are a brown lover though we still have the very amazing Herbin Caroube de Chypre – brown with flecks of gold. So pretty.


This indicates someone who is neat and immaculate in appearance and presentation. Well balanced, positive and careful, the white fan has good self-control, high standards and is very discreet.

And no takers for white though it is quite hard to write in so probably just as well. If you want to then we do offer the Herbin white ink but you must never ever put it in a fountain pen! Dipping pens only please.

colour chart white

Through the Looking Glass Pen

Not satisfied with just one picture of the fabulous marbleised glass pens from J Herbin we went and took these rather nice close ups which show just how pretty these things are. In particular I love how the ink flowing down the grooves mirrors the marble pattern of the pen. We’ve also got a video of glass pens being made and a quick review after the jump.

The close-ups:

blue glass pen



How to make a glass pen and more

We also found this video by Steveokroma featuring glass worker artisan Janelle who shows how a glass pen is made and has some very interesting ideas for using them with products other than ink; it’s a great look at what goes into making a glass pen like this.

If the video is too long…

If you didn’t see the video, there are two very interesting ways in which you could also use the glass pen, either dipping it in drawing gum, which is basically a very thin liquid latex (art masking fluid), then writing something out, brushing on some ink, and then rubbing the latex off just with a finger once its dried, picks the writing out off the background. She also used a thin adhesive, such as that used for metal leaf to apply pigment powders or metal powder for some very cool writing effects.

Be careful though, we have not personally tested any of these methods, and there may be some products out there that won’t be good for the glass pen or hard to remove. With that said, experiment, and let us know if you have any ideas for ways to use these cool pens.

Our quick review:

glass pens

A pen that has been around since the mid-17th Century and still has its uses today, using one really does make you feel transported back in time. Beautifully marbleised these pens make a fantastically elegant addition to any stationery collection, and with its curves it’s actually quite a comfortable pen to hold.

A fluted nib

The pens have a spiral fluted nib, which allows the ink to sit in the pen’s nib letting it last a bit longer as it moves down to the end. Also when inked it provides a nice contrast with the marble effects in the pen itself. You can get at least a few lines out of it with each dip, but there will be a contrast in colour between the first word and the last.

Change colours quickly

Great for testing out lots of ink colours, doing drawings with several colours or doing invitations or letters in nice calligraphy and more. All you have to do to change colours is take a wet paper towel and wipe it off, or you can dip it in water, rubbing alcohol or ink remover and then wipe it off. This speed in changing between a lot of different colours is one of the main attractions of a pen like this.

If it feels a little rough

Writing with the pen itself might seem a little different at first, and it might take a little practice to get used to it. Sometimes the pen end might seem a little rougher than you like at first, this might be because they are handmade. However, if you want to you can take a bit of fine sand paper and give the tip a little rub to adjust the smoothness to your liking.

The glass pens also fit perfectly in the little groove that Herbin puts on their ink bottles to rest the pen on.


Overall these make a great indulgent addition to anyone’s collection, they’re fun to write with and perfect for trying lots of inks. For something quite so unique the price is also very reasonable too: click here to go to their page.

pantone colour of the year 2016

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

Serenity & Rose Quartz

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I am on the case this year as I spotted the announcement the other day. It always interests me when Pantone announce their choice of their colour for next year, not least because I am always a bit…unsure by the choice. But then maybe I don’t work in the right circles? And this year they have announced a double-winner which reflects connection and wellness. Apparently. Click here to see more from Pantone on the award.

Past winners

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Pantone Colour of the Year

Something new to me

I should have known. I really should have known, and publicly admitting that I didn’t is a bit odd really, but I’m going to anyway. I have only just found out that Pantone declare a Colour of the Year. It’s a great idea and I don’t quite know how they arrive at their decision. I’m also not entirely sure of the choice of colour for this year – Emerald Green – and there seems to be a bit of a similar debate out there in the comments I saw. I also then did the obvious next step and looked back at their previous choices, something which dates back to 2000 – 14 colour awards I never knew about.

For what little my humble opinion counts or concerns Pantone, I can’t help noticing a leaning towards turquoise colours and red/oranges. I was slightly underwhelmed by the collection of colours, when you think of the amazing range of colours in a Pantone book. Maybe it is more that they just don’t work together, and that is possibly a good thing that colours change abruptly from year to year.

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Colour overload

Rhodiarama books have arrived

All 15 Rhodiarama colours

The assorted box of all 15 of the new Rhodia Rhodiarama pocket notebooks has just arrived, and it is so tempting in its full set that I felt I had to share it. The colours are, left to right, black, chocolate, mocha, stone, anise, turquoise, sapphire, iris, purple, lilac, raspberry, poppy, tangerine, orange and daffodil. The books themselves are a pocket notebook, with a trademark orange Rhodia elastic strap and the renowned 90gsm vellum paper that everyone praises. Click here to see more.