It’s day 17 in the Diamine Inkvent calendar, and check out that cool snowflake:
Day 17’s ink is Diamine Flame, an orange standard ink. Yay for standard inks again!
Diamine Flame is a bright orange with some shading and did I mention that it’s a standard ink? No shimmer, sheen, sparkles or scent. Nice for a change.
I am continuing my animal theme for now, this time with a sketch of a clown fish. You can see Diamine Flame’s shading and outlining properties quite well here”
Diamine Flame is dark enough to be legible without losing its orange nature (it’s not too red, in other words). Will I buy a full bottle of this? Likely not, as I don’t normally use orange inks. It is, however, a well behaved, interesting enough orange ink for me to recommend it if you are looking for something in that shade and find Diamine more affordable/accessible than Robert Oster, Pilot Iroshizuku or Montblanc.
It’s day 15 of Diamine’s Inkvent, and it comes with another cool illustration on the door:
Oh no! Day 15 is another scented ink! Day 15’s ink is Diamine Pick Me Up, a scented and sheening chocolate brown ink, and it’s likely going to be one of my least favourite inks in this year’s Inkvent.
The base ink itself is a warm, rich colour, with some shading and a greenish gold sheen which I could do without. It also has a strong artificial smell of either burnt chocolate or chocolate with coffee (but not the good kind of chocolate with coffee).
I enjoyed drawing this aardvark. I didn’t enjoy using this ink, largely because of the smell. I dumped out the previous scented ink, and this one looks to be following it down the drain.
I used a Lamy AL Star fine nib to write and sketch this review, and I am going to clean it out thoroughly this weekend by the looks of it. I just can’t stand the smell, and the ink isn’t appealing enough for me to want to use it despite the scent and the sheen.
It’s day 14 in the Invent calendar, and it’s time for one of my favourite door illustrations:
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.
What Three Kings does well is shade. The colour reminds of aged gold, a yellow with a good hint of dark orange to it.
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 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.
It’s day 13 of Diamine Inkvent, and I almost didn’t create this review because I had a late afternoon post cancer heart echocardiogram at the hospital and I was sure that I was in for at least a two hour wait. Thankfully my wait was much shorter (and even more thankfully my heart survived everything that cancer and chemo threw at it), so here’s today’s review.
Day 13’s ink is another chameleon one: Diamine Upon a Star. Let’s all pause and acknowledge that this is just a beautiful name for an ink. Upon a Star is a royal blue ink with green, purple, blue chameleon shimmer that makes me think of peacock tail feathers.
Diamine Upon a Star is a saturated royal blue with a good amount of the somewhat tiresome but well know red sheen. The sheen can easily overshadow the chameleon glitter, and so the effect can sadly pretty easily be lost.
I’m still watching Dinsey’s the Magic of Animal Kingdom (it’s very good, even if I’m not 100% in love with Josh Gad’s narrating style) and so I drew a macaw to test out this ink. I was using a Lamy Safari fine nibbed pen and the chameleon effect is almost entirely lost beneath the shimmer.
I have too many inks in this shade of blue to even consider Diamine Upon a Star, especially considering that its chameleon effect just looks like red sheening or disappears under the red sheening most of the time. It’s a nice ink to have a little sample of, but not one that I plan on purchasing in the future.
Day 12 of Inkvent is here! We are basically halfway through the calendar, and so far I am enjoying most of the inks. As is expected, not everyone will love every ink in this set, and not every ink is 100% unique (with the sheer amount of inks issued just by Diamine and Sailor in recent years that’s impossible), but Inkvent is a lovely idea well executed. It’s meant to be fun and festive, and I think that it fulfils the brief very well.
Day 12’s ink is Diamine Memory Lane, a lavender grey shimmer ink that shades very well, and is going straight into my shopping cart once Diamine issues their Green Edition full size bottle of it.
I love grey inks and I love purple inks, and this is a wonderful combination of them both. If you like bright and bold inks, this one isn’t for you, but if you appreciate the more muted part of the colour palette, you will likely love this one. The silver shimmer is subtle, and makes the ink look greyish in certain angles and the base lavender colour is calming and shades particularly well.
Cameras have a difficult time with purple, and mine made this elephant look more grey than he is in the real sketch. His true colour looks more like the writing sample on the page, or the writing sample below.
The writing and sketching were done with a Pelikan Pelikano with a medium nib, which is on the wide side. You can see the shading both in the sketch and the writing, and you can see how much variety and interest there is with this ink. A winner in my book, no doubt.
It’s time for day 11 in Diamine’s Inkvent calendar.
Day 11’s ink is Diamine Appletini. I’m not sure how much of a tie in that has to Christmas, but I guess a bright green ink is always welcome at this time of year.
Diamine Appletini is a bright grass green standard ink with some nice shading to it.
It’s not a chameleon ink, but Appletini’s colour really brought to mind chameleons and so I sketched one for testing purposes:
I used a Kaweco Sport iridescent medium nibbed fountain pen to test Diamine Appletini and got a good amount of shading with it. It’s not the most practical of colours, but is a bright and cheerful one, which make it nice to use during the cold and dark winter months.
It’s day 10 of Inkvent, and interesting inks are upon us…
Day 10’s ink is Diamine Dusted Truffle a shimmer ink of an indescribable shade of on the cusp between light brown and grey.
I took a photo of the swab on an angle to try and show the colour of this ink. It’s a dusty golden brown in some angles, it has a greenish tinge in others, it’s very unique and chimeric.
You can see the more greyish tendencies of this ink in this quick truffle sketch. I don’t know if dusted truffle is the best name for this ink, but it certainly has a dustiness about it. It shades well, and there’s a silver shimmer to it, where you’d normally expect a golden one. Perhaps that gives it some of its unique shading.
Will I buy a full bottle of this ink? Maybe. It’s certainly high on my list, as I have nothing remotely like it in my ink selection, and it is an intriguing colour. I can’t stop staring at it trying to define what it is and failing. What a wonderful addition to Diamine’s ink lineup.
It’s time for day 9 of the Diamine Inkvent calendar.
Day 9’s ink is Diamine Cardinal, an orangey red standard ink with a good amount of shading.
I had two truly unfortunate accidents with this ink, and as a result the ink swab doesn’t look the best. It does show off Diamine Cardinal’s colour and shading properties well, though.
This was a joy to draw, because of the subject matter and the shading. I don’t like sketching with red ink, but it does lend drama to each drawing.
If you want to read about my woes with this ink, check out the writing sample below. I won’t be buying a bottle of this ink because I’m not a fan of red inks, but if you do like bright reds, then Diamine Cardinal is a very cheery colour with a good amount of character from its shading.
It’s day 8 of the Inkvent calendar already, and things are about to get bright and cheery…
Inkvent day 8’s ink is the fantastically name Diamine Jingle Berry. You really can’t get better than that for a Christmas themed ink name.
Jingle Berry is a rich fuchsia pink ink that’s labelled as a standard ink but has a good amount of outlining and some shading. It’s also called Jingle Berry, which automatically makes it the bestest of inks. I don’t make up the rules, I just follow them 😉
Diamine Jingle Berry is bound to make you smile: it’s the combination of the wonderful name with a truly joyful colour. It’s a dark pink, which means that it’s going to be legible on both white and cream papers, if legibility is what you are looking for in this ink (hint: you aren’t. You just want to have fun).
Once I saw what today’s ink was, I broke out my brand new and ridiculously pink and glittery (with some grey to tone it down) Franklin Christoph Model 03 Iterium Sedona Spa fountain pen, with the Nagahara fine cursive italic nib and embraced the delightful joy that is this ink. I’m glad that Diamine showed some restraint and didn’t try to glitterify this ink, as the result would have been too over the top and somehow also a bit banal. As it is they created an ink that I am tempted to add to my collection, even though I’m not normally a fan of pink inks.
Day 7’s ink is Diamine Alpine, it’s a dark grey green with green shimmer in it, and it’s delightful.
The Col-o-Ring swab shows off some of the shading properties of this ink. It really reminds me of Diamine Umber, one of my favourite Diamine inks, with an additional pizzaz of sparkles.
Like Diamine Umber, Diamine Alpine is a fun ink to sketch with, and should work particularly well on cream coloured paper. Here is a sketch on tomoe river paper, where you can see the shading and a bit of the shimmer:
The shimmer here is subtle, which works well with this muted shade of green. It doesn’t overshadow the shading properties of this ink, but rather adds to it. The result is interesting and festive – a worthy addition to the Diamine Christmas ink lineup.