Diamine Inkvent 2021 Day 16

Caveat: this year’s Inkvent appears to have elusive ink colours. I suggest reading my description of the inks and not going by the photos alone, and comparing my results with those of other reviewers. 

The Diamine Inkvent calendar is an advent calendar with 24 tiny (12ml) bottles of fountain pen ink behind 24 doors, and a larger, 30ml, bottle of ink behind the 25th door. All the inks are limited edition, and, at the moment, only available through this calendar.

Day 16’s door.

Day 16’s ink is Diamine Vintage Copper, a decidedly festive copper ink with shimmer (of course).

Diamine Vintage Copper

It’s a shimmer ink that also has plenty of shading.

Here’s a Col-o-Ring swab of Diamine Vintage Copper. There’s a lot of shading going on and a good amount of shimmer, although the shimmer effect is quite subtle.

Col-o-Ring swab.

I used a Monteverde Giant Sequoia with a 1.1 stub nib to test out Diamine Vintage Copper and the nib size really allows the ink to shine.

Monteverde Giant Sequoia and Diamine Vintage Copper.

Here’s a closer look at the shimmer effect:

I decided to draw a copper kettle to test out Diamine Vintage Copper, and you can see just how much this ink shades on Tomoe River paper:

Diamine Vintage Copper on Tomoe River paper.

This was drawn on a Kanso Sasshi 3.5” x 5.5” Tomoe River Paper notebook (the notebooks I have were bought in 2016, and so they contain the old Tomoe River paper).

Finally, I wrote a page in my Midori Journal:

This is an excellent ink for writing seasonal greeting cards and letters. The shading and shimmer give it a lot of character, while the shimmer isn’t “metallic pen” level shimmer, so there’s some sophistication and subtlety to it. While I personally don’t see a need to buy a full bottle of this ink, I can still see its holiday utility and appeal.

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