I’ve mentioned the Diamine labeling system has been very helpful. Look at this label color!
My bottle is chock-full of shimmers. Some of which is stuck to the bottom of my bottle.
This is one lovely pink color! Another favorite from the calendar. Did I mention it is also appropriately named?
Can you see it? All that sparkly stuff? It’s so bright! Even the inside barrel of my TWSBI is covered in sparkles.
Besides the shimmer, there’s a lot of shading with this ink.
My favorite shimmering pink ink is Robert Oster Blood Rose. I think it’s been replaced with this lovely Pink Ice which is definitely brighter. In the following picture, I show my Diamine Red Lustre swatch card for comparison. Pink Ice is not a light weight pink color. It can definitely hold its own.
Pink Ice makes a lovely ink wash. The shimmer for the most part stays in place. I am soooo happy!
Pink Ice is a rosy-pink color ink with icy pink shimmers. How’s that for a description? There is also a bit of red sheen that might be hard to see when competing with all the sparkles. Another favorite ink color that is on my wish list.
Ink: Diamine Pink Ice (shimmer)
Pens: TWSBI Diamond 580 AL in Rose with Stub 1.1 nib. Automatic pen.
I was feeling extra creative and decided to try sketching a gnome. Here’s my first attempt using a few of the ink colors from my Diamine’s Inkvent calendar.
I used my Platinum Preppy filled with Platinum Carbon ink to draw the outlines of my gnome. For the hat I used Winter Spice. This is my top fave ink from the calendar. For the rim of the hat I used Vintage Copper. The nose required just a dabble of Party Time. The beard is made up of random wash lines using Ash. As you can see, the Carbon ink did not budge or smear when water was applied on top.
For the body I used Subzero and finished with the shoes in Festive Joy.
Inks: Diamine Ash, Winter Spice, Vintage Copper, Party Time, Subzero, and Festive Joy.
Pens: TWSBI GO Stub 1.1. TWSBI Eco Stub 1.1. TWSBI Swipe Stub 1.1. Pilot Prera CM. Esterbrook Estie Stub 1.1.
At first, Festive Joy looks like a standard purple ink color.
I found my purple TWSBI Eco matches the ink color perfectly. It’s a dark purple ink with something else going on.
This ink has an amazing bronze sheen.
My writing sample appears to be glowing around the edges. I was so enamored by the sheen, I apparently wrote one too many “la” in my sample.
This ink color produces a bold purple ink wash. Look at all this sheen showing up on my mixed media paper. 🤩
This is an amazing dark purple ink with a stunning bronze sheen. It’s hard to believe Diamine calls this a standard ink when the sheen shows up everywhere including my ink wash. Festive Joy is on my wish list.
Ink: Diamine Festive Joy (standard)
Pens: TWSBI ECO Purple with Stub 1.1 nib. Automatic pen.
Do you see this label? I’m doing the happy-dance at the suggested ink color and it says shimmer. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Lots of shimmer here!
I see some blue metallics swirling around inside my bottle.
I have to say this ink color brings me so much joy! It sure brightens up the page in my journal.
A closer look shows quite a bit of bright blue metallic shimmer. Gorgeous!
In addition to the shimmer, there is quite a bit of shading.
There’s a tiny bit of red sheen.
Subzero produces a beautiful ink wash. The yellow from Candle Light bled into my turquoise ink.
I went through my swatch cards as this Subzero color reminded me of another ink color I have without all the shimmers. Birmingham Glassmith was almost a perfect match.
I would say this is a bright turquoise color with lots of light metallic blue shimmers and a smidgen of red sheen. A gorgeous ink color with quite a bit of personality. It’s another favorite from the calendar and on my wish list.
It’s a bright blue ink color with a bit of shading.
My swatch card shows a lovely coppery sheen.
Depending on the lighting, it could also be a rose gold sheen.
Here’s my Conklin fountain pen with rose gold trim. It could be my pen picks up some of the rose gold sheen. Still, quite an amazing color for a standard ink.
For use in my artwork, I would lessen this intense blue color by adding water.
At first, Thunderbolt looks like a regular blue ink color and I thought I would do a quick blog post for this morning. I am apparently wrong about this. This is a bold blue ink that leans a bit towards purple. The color reminds me of Robert Oster’s Dragon’s Night (purple leaning blue). It also reminds me of Diamine Kensington Blue. Thunderbolt sits somewhere in between these two colors.
The sheen is stunning in this blue ink. Upon further inspection, I can see a combination of copper and rose gold. I believe it’s the sheen that is making this standard blue color appear more interesting and lively.
Ink: Diamine Thunderbolt (standard)
Pens: Glass dip pen. Automatic pen. Conklin Duragraph Exclusive Brushed Titanium with rose gold trim.
I know by now I sound as though I like all the inks from this calendar. I really do! Today’s ink is no exception. When some shimmers are added that’s always a joyful bonus.
Inkvent Day #16: Diamine Vintage Copper
Vintage Copper is a shimmering ink.
Of course I have to turn the bottle over to see what was going on inside. Wow!
It’s quite mesmerizing to watch the swirls of colors.
This is a gorgeous ink color and Vintage Copper is an appropriate name for it. At first, the shimmers appear to be subtle on paper.
My swatch card shows gold shimmers and black sheen. The golden shimmers is a good match to the gold sparkles in my Estie pen.
Another view with just my beautiful swatch card.
Here’s a close up from my writing sample showing also the shading.
There’s plenty of shimmers in my bottle and in my pen. It’s evident as it shows up in my ink wash nicely.
Vintage Copper is an absolutely gorgeous ink with plenty of gold shimmers, shading, and some black sheen. The ink itself is a lovely bright coppery color. Compared to Diamine’s Brandy Dazzle, Vintage Copper is bolder and brighter. This is now high on my list of favorites and on my wish list to get a larger bottle.
Ink: Diamine Vintage Copper (shimmer)
Pens: Esterbrook Estie OS Dreamer Purple with Stub 1.1 nib. Automatic pen
Another standard and beautiful purple ink that leans towards blue.
For some of the standard inks in this calendar, I’ve been using my glass dip pen for my writing samples.
Like the other standard inks this also has a bit of shading. There’s a tiny bit of black sheen. My swatch card shows some pink and mostly bright blue undertones.
Another beautiful ink wash. A mysterious looking ink with some personality.
This is an interesting ink color. At first, I thought I was seeing a blue ink leaning towards purple. The I put my swatch card against a few other swatch colors and I see purple leaning towards blue. It’s a beautiful and unusual color.
I like this red ink with the bits of shading. It’s more of a dark red and not too bright. It has some personality.
There is a bit of dark bronze-like sheen.
The underlying color reminds me of coral.
After going through my swatches, I found a color that is similar to Red Robin.
Oh and I found these as well. I added Charred Hickory to this mix as another person mentioned seeing the color brown.
Another ink that produces another beautiful ink wash.
This is a beautiful red ink that leans a bit towards coral. The only brown I can see on my samples is from the sheen. I’m on the fence as to adding this ink to my wish list. I already have too many bottles of red inks in my collection. I would add a larger bottle just to use in my artwork because of the coral undertones. I’m glad I have my 12ml bottle to play with.
Ruby Blues is a perfect name for this ink color. A blue ink with red sheen.
There’s plenty of sheen in my writing sample while looking straight down on the page.
On my swatch card, the red sheen is amazing. Hmmmm. I’ve seen this color before.
Ruby Blues reminded me of two other inks I have: Diamine Skull & Roses and PW Ackerman #5 Shocking Blue. My friend “M” gave me a sample of Skull & Roses which happens to be a German exclusive ink. My friend “J” sent me a lovely bottle of Shocking Blue. All three inks have the same blue ink color and very similar sheen.
Here’s a view from a different angle.
My ink wash test. This is a bold ink color compared the other inks I’ve been using for my artwork.
Ruby Blues is a beautiful dark blue color with lots of vibrant red sheen. I think this ink is a good replacement for Skull & Roses and Shocking Blue. Let’s hope Diamine produces this color in a large bottle.
Stargazer is a beautiful blue ink with shimmer and sheen.
There’s a lot of blue shimmering particles in my bottle.
When I saw the name on this bottle of ink, I knew I had to pair this ink with my Pilot Stargazer pen. As I was writing in my journal, I was in awe at the amount of sheen I was seeing. My handwriting appears to glow on the page.
Check out my swatch card! If you can get past the sheen, the ink leans towards a teal blue color.
It’s hard to describe this ink color by just looking at my handwriting sample. It looks like a dark blue ink with plenty of red sheen.
Where did all my shimmer go?
This ink creates a lovely bold wash on paper with red sheen around the edges.
Stargazer is a lovely dark blue ink. Depending on the lighting, it can lean towards a dark teal blue. This ink produces a wonderful bright red sheen with blue shimmers. Another color for my wish list.
Ink: Diamine Stargazer (shimmer & sheen)
Pens: Pilot Stargazer Black with Medium nib. Automatic pen.