Day 15: My Chocolate Browns

Today’s Diamine Inkvent color is Pick Me Up. This is a scented and sheening ink.

The swatch from T shows a lovely bright green sheen with a light coffee scent. The color reminds me of chocolate brown.

Here are my choices for today. Last year’s Winter Spice came to my mind as well as Pamana. I had to add Caffe Cream and Kanasas City for the underlying colors.

From my angled shot, I can see the properties of the inks better. Pamana definitely shows the similar bright green sheen.

Here’s a close up of Winter Spice. The green sheen is not as bold as Pick Me Up.

Winter Spice has been on my wish list since last year. This is a lovely reminder that I need to get a full bottle of this color. The blue shimmers and green sheen is a lovely combination.

Ink swatches: Diamine Red Inkvent Winter Spice (shimmer/sheen). Vinta Inks Pamana. Robert Oster Caffe Crema and Kansas City.

Day 14: My Dark Golden Yellows

Today’s Diamine calendar color is Three Kings which is a standard golden yellow ink color. There appears to be a dark sheen on T’s swatch card.

Here’s my selection for today. Brandy Snap and Candle Light are from last year’s calendar.

I also included two swatches from Robert Oster to round out the range of underlying colors I was seeing from other swatches on social media.

I’ve narrowed it down to two swatches Brandy Snap and African Gold. My darker golden yellows. I see a combination of these two colors in Three Kings.

African Gold is another fave color of mine especially for sketching.

Three Kings reminds me of a dark golden mustard color. Just for fun I’ve included my Daniel Smith watercolor swatch Quinacridone Gold.

Ink swatches: Diamine Red Inkvent Brandy Snap and Candle Light. Robert Oster African Gold and Honey Bee.

Watercolor swatch: Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor Quinacridone Gold

Day 13: My Blues for Today

Today’s Diamine Inkvent calendar color is Upon a Star. This is a dark blue chameleon ink. This ink has a cornflower blue undertone with lots of red sheen and green-blue shimmers. Most of swatches I’ve seen have the lovely green shimmers like T’s swatch on the left. I’ve also seen some blue shimmers.

From the bottom of T’s bottle I can see the green shimmers with tiny bits of blue shimmers as well.

When I first saw Upon a Star and it’s amazing chameleon properties, I thought I would have a hard time coming up with similar swatches. Stargazer popped out at me only for it’s similar shimmers and sheen and not necessarily for the base color.

Ruby Blues would be a close match with the cornflower blue inky color and lovely red sheen. I included True Blue and Blue Moon for those who might prefer less sheen and more blue color.

So far, the Diamine chameleon colors are making it to the top of my wish list.

Ink swatches: Diamine Red Inkvent Ruby Blues and Stargazer (shimmer). Robert Oster True Blue and Blue Moon (shimmer)

Day 12: My Purple Inky Swatches

Today’s Diamine Inkvent color is Memory Lane. This is a beautiful shimmering purple ink. Depending on the lighting is leans a bit towards a rosy color.

Here is T’s swatch for today.

T’s swatches were created with an automatic pen (top) and brush (bottom)

I can see some blue and pink in the underlying colors.

Here’s my swatch selection of colors. When I first saw Memory Lane, my thoughts went immediately to Silver Dawn which also has similar shimmering particles. This looks like a good match. I had to go through last years swatches to see if there were any similar colors. I’ve include Sunset in my initial selection for its similar underlying inky colors.

Here’s an angled picture to show off any shimmering highlights.

Here’s my three choices.

I believe Silver Dawn is a close match to Memory Lane including the silvery shimmers. I had to include Sydney Lavender which happens to be another favorite ink of mine. All three have the blue and pink underlying colors.

Silver Dawn is one of my favorite shimmering inks. It’s a well behaved ink that I’ve used in my fine nib fountain pens for both writing and sketching.

Ink swatches: Diamine Red Inkvent Storm and Night Shade. Robert Oster Silver Dawn (shimmer) and Sydney Lavender. Dominant Industry Sunset (shimmer).

Day 11: An Apple a Day…My Bright Greens

Today’s Diamine Inkvent color is Appletini. This is a standard ink color with some lovely bright yellow undertones.

T did a lovely job capturing this bold and bright green color with some dark sheen along the edges.

I was flipping through my Robert Oster swatch cards and immediately came across two bright green colors. Then I remembered I had swatched a bright green Anderillium ink a few months ago. My Allan Hills ink was part of the Colorverse Duo collection which included Mariner4.

My RO inks show a tiny bit of dark sheen.

Here are my three choices that come close to Appletini.

For those of you who are wondering, yes the two RO inks look very similar. Green Green is slightly darker and has less yellow in the underlying color.

I don’t use too many bright green colors for my journal writing and for sketching. I won’t be adding Appletini to my wish list.

Ink swatches: Robert Oster Green Lime and Green Green. Anderillium Bobtail Squid Green. Colorverse Allan Hills.

Day 10: A Truffle?

Today’s Diamine Inkvent color is Dusted Truffle. It’s an unusual shimmering ink.

Here’s a few pictures from T.

This color reminds me of last year’s Seize the Night, but without the purplish underlying color.

I narrowed down my choice to these three. I wanted to mention that Khaki Black is actual a permanent inky color.

I think Dusted Truffle would be lovely to use in sketches.

Ink swatches: Diamine Red Inkvent Seize the Day. Robert Oster Melon Tea and Earth. Platinum Classic Khaki Black.

Day 9: My Vermilion Reds

Today’s Diamine Inkvent color is Cardinal. This is a lovely standard medium bright red ink. Here is T’s inky swatch. This appears to be a bold vermilion red color and not much else. Thank you T for taking the time to create and share your swatches with me.

It was fairly easy for me to find similar red colors from my collection. Here are my top matches.

An angled view of my swatches. Red Robin and Red Candy have a bit more personality and shows some green sheen around the edges.

Since I have a few bottles of red ink, I will not be adding this one to my wish list.

Ink swatches: Diamine Red Inkvent Red Robin. Robert Oster Rubine and Red Candy.

Day 8: My Bright Rosy Magenta Pinks

Okay, I’m back on track. Today’s lovely medium pink is called Jingle Berry. This is lovely bright standard ink.

Here is T’s writing sample and swatch. I’m enjoying her interpretation and her creativity.

I have a decent collection of this rosy pink magenta color. Here’s what I came up with. For my workshop friends, all the colors presented here create lovely pen & ink washes.

I have to include this angled view to show off each ink’s personality.

There are two other colors that I have, but I did not include here: Sailor Shikiori Okuyama and Vinta Inks Makopa. Both of these inks had an overabundance of green sheen just like Cardona. I decided to add Cardona and show off its lovely shimmering gold particles.

If I had to narrow down my choices, these would be the three colors that come close to Jingle Berry.

Here’s another view.

There’s no need for me to add Jingle Berry to my wish list. I already have large bottles of All the Best and Party Time from last year’s calendar.

Ink swatches: Diamine Red Inkvent Party Time (shimmer), All the Best (shimmer), and Raspberry Rose. Robert Oster Hot Pink. Diamine Amaranth. Monarca Cardona.

Day 7: My Lovely Green Swatches

Note: Yesterday, was a busy day for me and I forgot to publish my post. Today, I’m catching up.

Today’s Diamine color is Alpine. Alpine is beautiful green color with lovely silver shimmers.

I enjoy using a good green color and this one I would not hesitate to add to my wish list.

Here is T’s swatch for today.

There’s lots of silvery shimmer in this ink.

It did not take me too long to come up my matching inky swatches.

It was hard to choose just three swatches for the closest match, but I managed. Vert Atlantide (gold and silver shimmers), Sydney Darling Harbour, and Oklahoma City are my favorite green ink color for writing and sketching.

Just for fun I pulled out three swatches from my collection of watercolor paints.

How would I describe Alpine? It’s appears to be a mossy/sage green color with a bright teal blue underlying inky color and lots of silver shimmers.

NOTE: Since I included Enchanted Woods in my comparison, I wanted to provide a warning that Van Dieman’s had changed/reformulated most of their inks. I have a blog post about this ink color. Click on this Enchanted Woods link. Here’s a picture from my post.

Left-old ink and Right-new ink

Ink swatches: Jacques Herbin Vert Atlantide. Robert Oster Sydney Darling Harbour and Oklahoma City. Van Dieman’s Ink Hail Storm and Enchanted Woods.

Watercolor swatches: Daniel Smith Cascade Green, Jadeite Genuine, and Perylene Green.

Day 6: My Moody Gray Swatches

Today’s Diamine Inkvent calendar color is Ghost. It appears to be a gray standard ink with some interesting undertones.

Before I get started, I wanted to give T a shout out: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Here is T’s swatch for today and her inky notes: “Day 6 – I used an automatic pen for the first time for these swatches. It took a while to learn to avoid scratching the paper. This very wet standard ink was great for practicing. All of the swatches came out very differently. The image with 5 blooms is the only one done with a paintbrush”.

After I looked at T’s swatch and several others, I managed to find a few of my swatches that have similar personalities to Ghost.

I had to include two neutral gray swatches (Moon Dust and Shoebill Stork Grey) to show how much more vibrant Ghost and my comparison swatches are.

I know Antique Sepia leans quite a bit towards green, but I wanted to show the similar underlying colors. This is a beautiful color to use in sketches.

Here are the three colors that look very similar to Ghost.

Ghost is very similar to last year’s inky color called Ash. I can see some pinkish and bluish undertones.

In some of the online swatches I’ve seen, Ghost appears to lean a bit more towards a purple color. I believe the blue underlying color adds to this purplish personality.

My Autumn Forest ink contains some lovely rose gold shimmers and I think I will stick to this ink color. No need for me to add Ghost to my wish list.

Ink swatches: Diamine Red Inkvent Ash. Dominant Industry Autumn Forest. Robert Oster Australian Opal Gray. Birmingham Pen Co Antique Sepia. Anderillium Shoebill Stork Grey. Diamine Shimmering Moon Dust.