Ink Snippet: Papier Plume Bayou Nightfall

Papier Plume Bayou Nightfall

Papier Plume Bayou Nightfall. The newest edition to the Papier Plume New Orleans collection is Bayou Nightfall, a serene, elegant and gorgeous slate-gray ink. It does suggest nightfall, and also perhaps a Japanese rock garden.

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16 thoughts on “Ink Snippet: Papier Plume Bayou Nightfall

    1. Thank you!

      I think this ink is a more complex and unusual color than Diamine Grey, which looks more like a standard or straight gray. Bayou Nightfall has the green-blue tint. It is also a light-colored ink, so I’m not sure a Pelikan fine is the best nib to bring out its best. I personally prefer it in the medium and wider nibs, even with Pelikans. For fine nibs, Papier Plume Oyster Grey is the one I use, because it’s darker. But I love Bayou Nightfall, so I’m not trying to discourage it.

      I love your pen — I someday want to add the M405 version myself. I am not a strict ink-pen matcher. I’d have no trouble using this ink in a gray pen or black pen: in fact, I have the black lizard Pelikan M101N with a medium nib, and I’d definitely ink that with Bayou Nightfall. But if you want the closest match, I’m again thinking Oyster Grey…. πŸ™‚


  1. The hallmark of a very good review: even though this is not an ink I would purchase or use, I enjoyed reading about it through your words. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! Actually, Papier Plume came up with the color itself, inspired by nightfall over bayous in the New Orleans area.

      The Whistler thing is a coincidence: it just came to me while I was writing, that this color I like so much, but can’t really describe, happened to resemble a painting I’ve looked at for years, here in Chicago. Maybe I need to clarify that. πŸ™‚ They both capture the color of the early night sky over water, though, which is really cool.

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  2. I’ve been looking for a nice daily writing grey. Black is too boring! And I do love my Papier Plume inks so this is definitely on my wishlist.

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