Day #25: All the Best!

Inkvent Day #25: Diamine All the Best

This is Diamine’s 30ml bottle of inky wonderment. I feel as though I won a grand prize for getting through the last 25 days of inky madness. Oh my!

I was twirling this bottle around to see what inky characteristics to expect from the label. Nothing. Just the name of the color.

I can see some shimmering particulates. Looks like the same amount as in the tiny 12ml bottles.

I shake the bottle to disperse the shimmers. I know I may not get as much since this bottle holds more ink. I gave my bottle a good shake. Where did my shimmers go?

Okay. Let’s start by doing some breathing exercises.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

Repeat two more times before scrolling further.




Here is All the Best! Oh my! Look at all of this inky craziness on my swatch card!

Here’s a close up. Remember to breath in and breathe out.

There’s a good amount of sheen in my writing sample.

Let’s look at my swatch card from another angle.


I can see the amazing sheen in my ink wash. There’s a tiny bit of shimmer there as well.

Al the Best is a dark magenta ink color. Initially, the magenta color seems to disappear off the page as the bright olive green sheen overtakes the ink’s color. The longer I write with this ink, the more the magenta color becomes more prevalent on my paper with less sheen showing. Oh and let’s not forget the purplish-blue shimmering particles that decides to show up every now and then. How’s that for a description of this unusual ink color?

This is the last ink color in my calendar and it’s also at the very top of my wish list for a larger bottle.

Ink: Diamine All the Best (shimmer & sheen)

Pens: Turnt Pen Co Primary Manipulation 4 with Franklin-Christoph Fine nib. Automatic pen.

Journal: GLP Creations with Tomoe River Paper (68gsm)

Paper: Grumbacher Mixed Media

Day #24: Yuletide and Oh My!

Inkvent Day #24: Diamine Yuletide

I enjoy turquoise and teal ink colors. It reminds me of the beautiful waters in the Caribbean. I also enjoy intense pink, bright coral, and eucalyptus/olive green colors.

When I saw the label color on the bottle I knew this was going to be another favorite color.

Diamine says this ink is a standard ink. It shows quite a bit of shading on my paper. My swatch card shows some interesting inky goodness.

So I had a funny thing happen to me. I picked up my Maiora fountain pen and proceeded to fill it with this ink. Uh-oh. I could not get the nib/feed/section into the bottle. My pen’s section was a bit thicker than the bottle’s opening. I had a “you’ve got to be kidding” moment with my pen. I untwisted my converter from the pen and dunked my converter into the bottle and filled it with ink. Mission accomplished. 😊

Okay, let’s get back to my inky observations.

There’s a bit of pinky sheen showing up on my swatch card. I’m trying to figure out if this ink is a teal or a turquoise color.

Here’s a close up of my writing sample. Did I mention the lovely shading on my paper?

In the following picture I have my Subzero swatch from a few days ago next to Yuletide. I can see Yuletide is leaning a bit towards green.

I’m now thinking Yuletide is closer to a teal color. I pull out my Diamine Aurora Borealis and Robert Oster Deep Sea swatches and compare the colors (base and underlying). I can see it’s in the similar range of colors.

There is still something unique about this ink. My brain is telling me there’s more than one underlying color. Besides green I also see some blue. I have to say my swatch card came out brilliantly with the ink dispersing in an unusual pattern.

I added too much water to my inky sketch and so the sheen migrated to the edge of my sketch. I can still see some greens and blues in my sketch.

Yuletide is a gorgeous dark teal ink color with some medium pink sheen. Depending on the lighting there is also has some green and blue underlying colors. I would definitely use this ink in my artwork and for journaling. Another color on my wish list.

Slap the side of my head moment: I’ve been using Yuletide in a few of my sketches. There was something very familiar about this color. Yes! Of course! I have another favorite ink color I’m currently using in my lovely Lamy 2000 called Devil’s Kitchen! Here’s another swatch comparison.

The only differences I can see is Yuletide has more sheen and is slightly lighter in color. Other than that both ink swatches look very close.

Ink: Diamine Yuletide (sheen)

Pens: Maiora Impronte OS Posilippo with Fine nib. Automatic pen.

Journal: GLP Creations with TRP (68gsm)

Paper: Grumbacher Mixed Media

Day #23: Wonderland

Inkvent Day #23: Diamine Wonderland

Wonderland is a bright orange standard ink color. Look at how clear this bottle is.

This bright ink shows some lovely shading on my Tomoe River Paper.

On my swatch card there is a beautiful underlying yellow color showing through.

Another gorgeous ink wash. All of the Diamine inks from this calendar has performed well as an ink wash.

So far, Wonderland is the brightest orange ink I have in my collection. It’s a standard ink with subtle shading and a bright yellow underlying color.

In the short amount of time I’ve been using this color, it has grown on me. To me this is a happy color and I can see using this ink in my artwork. It would be a lovely color to use in my writing journal as well. It would definitely stand out among my teal, blue, and purple ink paragraphs.

Ink: Diamine Wonderland (standard)

Pens: Glass dip pen. Automatic pen.

Journal: GLP Creations with Tomoe River Paper (68gsm)

Paper: Grumbacher Mixed Media

Day #22: Oh My! It’s Black Ivy!

Inkvent Day #22: Diamine Black Ivy

At first glance this ink label looks to be black. Upon further inspection, I can see a hint of green. The name matches the ink color.

In my writing sample, the ink is a very dark color with a bright red sheen. My swatch shows a bright green underlying color. Let’s take a look at this from a different angle.

Wow! I see a lot of red sheen!

So much sheen!

I decided to wait two days before doing another writing sample on different paper to see how the ink behaves. Hard to imagine, but more sheen shows up.

Writing sample on Cosmo Air Light paper
Another view of my writing sample on Cosmo Air Light paper

I can see some wonderful colors in this ink!

An amazing bold ink wash with bright red sheen around the edges.

Black Ivy is a dark green ink that shows up initially as a green-black ink color on my paper. As the ink dries the bright red sheen appears along with tiny hints of green. It brings to mind shading qualities where the darker ink becomes the red sheen and the lighter ink becomes the green color. When the ink comes into contact with water, that’s when a bright green color appears. In some areas the underlying ink color appears to lean towards turquoise. Amazing ink characteristics. Black Ivy is on my wish list.

Ink: Diamine Black Ivy (sheen)

Pens: Monteverde Innova Carbon Black Rainbow Trim with Omniflex nib. Automatic pen.

Journal: GLP Creations with TRP (68gsm)

Paper: Cosmo Air Light (2nd writing sample). Grumbacher Mixed Media.

Day #21: Brandy Snap

Inkvent Day #21: Diamine Brandy Snap

Brandy Snap is a good name for this standard ink.

This ink has a bit of shading and a tiny, tiny bit of sheen.

This ink reminds me of a color somewhere between Burnt Sienna and raw Sienna from my watercolor paints.

For a standard ink, it responds well with water and creates a lovely ink wash.

When I first saw this color on my swatch card, it reminded me of Robert Oster Antelope Canyon. Antelope Canyon leans more towards orange. I checked a few more swatches and realized my other ink colors leaned towards orange or brown. Brandy Snap sits somewhere in the middle.

(Note: I will be back to add a swatch comparison picture)

This is a lovely and bright brandy or Sienna color. The yellow underlying color reminds me of Diamine Candle Light from this same Inkvent calendar. This is on my wish list for it’s unique color and for use in my artwork.

Ink: Diamine Brandy Snap (standard)

Pens: Glass dip pen. Automatic pen.

Journal: GLP Creations with TRP (68gsm)

Paper: Grumbacher Mixed Media

Day #20: Pink Ice

Inkvent Day #20: Diamine Pink Ice

Can you hear me squealing with delight? Hahaha!

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.

Journal: GLP Creations with TRP (68gsm)

Paper: Grumbacher Mixed Media

Day #19: Festive Joy

Inkvent Day #19: Diamine Festive Joy

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.

Amazing! Right?

This ink color produces a bold purple ink wash. Look at all this sheen showing up on my mixed media paper. đŸ€©

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.

Journal: GLP Creations with TRP (68gsm)

Paper: Grumbacher Mixed Media

Day #18: All is Very Shimmery with Subzero

Inkvent Day #18: Diamine Subzero

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.

Ink: Diamine Subzero (shimmer)

Pens: TWSBI GO with Stub 1.1 nib. Automatic pen.

Journal: GLP Creations with TRP (68gsm)

Paper: Grumbacher Mixed Media

Day #17: Thunderbolt

Inkvent Day #17: Diamine Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt is a bold blue standard ink.

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.

Journal: GLP Creations with TRP (68gsm)

Paper: Grumbacher Mixed Media

Day #16: Vintage Copper!

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

Journal: GLP Creations with TRP (68gsm)

Paper: Grumbacher Mixed Media