Diamine Inkvent 2022 Day 14: Three Kings

It’s day 14 in the Invent calendar, and it’s time for one of my favourite door illustrations:

Door 14

Day 14’s ink is Diamine Three Kings, a standard dark yellow ink. Yes, that’s not a mistake – there’s not a smidgen of sparkle in sight with this one, despite the ink’s shade and its name. I salute whomever had the restraint.

Diamine Three Kings bottle

What Three Kings does well is shade. The colour reminds of aged gold, a yellow with a good hint of dark orange to it.

Diamine Three Kings on a Col-o-Ring

I drew a not very good sketch of a lion with Three Kings, and while I love the shading that it offers and it reminds me of yellow ochre (which I use a lot in my sketches) I don’t think that it’s the best shade for sketching. It won’t stand up to other colours, it isn’t waterproof so it won’t combine well with watercolours, and it’s a bit anaemic on its own. Maybe combined with other brown inks…

Diamine Three Kings on 52gsm Tomoe River paper

Diamine Three Kings is an interesting colour, mostly because it’s sort of a colour hybrid (like R&K’s Alt Goldrun in concept, if not in colour), and it isn’t a shimmer or chameleon ink. I don’t see a bottle of this ink in my future, but if you are looking for a yellow ochre ink, Three Kings may be the ink for you.

Writing sample on 68gsm Tomoe River paper.

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