Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Review: Diamine Maroon Fountain Pen Ink

Diamine Inks

From the Diamine Website:

30ml Diamine Fountain Ink:

"Brand New Design PVC Bottle, Light weight and with an affordable price makes the full range of 60 colors very collectable, ideal for students or beginners still searching for their personal color of choice."

Maroon is one of Diamine's Old English Fountain Pen Inks "Suitable for all brand of Fountain Pen, 30 Colors available"

Mandala drawn with glass dip pen

Mandala drawn with a J. Herbin Glass Dip Pen and Diamine Maroon ink on Clairefontaine Ingres/Pastel White Laid paper.

Diamine Maroon

So I recently had the opportunity to test the above three Diamine inks. Poppy Red, Pumpkin, and Maroon. The Poppy Red and Pumpkin are New Century inks and are very saturated. The Maroon is from the Old English line and moderately saturated. Using an EF nibbed pen, the flow was good on the 90g Clairefontaine, and better on the Canteo - which is a more absorbent paper than the Clairefontaine.

Diamine Maroon

It's a nice color that reminds me of Herbin's Rouge Bourgogne. A medium red with some shading, it's a nice color, but I'd like it more if it was darker. Perhaps I will try it in a pen with a wider nib to see if that will affect my decision to use it in a regular basis. It did write nice and dark with the Dip Pen, but that's to be expected.

Buy Diamine Inks in the UK at The Writing Desk or directly from Diamine and in the US from The Pear Tree Pen Company Ink is sold in 80ml glass bottles, 30 ml plastic bottles, and selected colors are available in cartridge form.


Ontheroad said...

I have cartridges of this colour and haven't used it for several months, but with a wider nib it seems to be darker.

Mandy van Goeije ( said...

Hi there! Let's shake hands for I've only now encountered an art-supply freak that is just as ferocious as me! hehehe...

Wow....LOVE your reviews and blog and art work...I also work a lot with fountain pen inks and this is the first time I run into another fan of those! And by the way...amazing how precise you work with a glass dip pen! I've tried it and was horrible at it. Maybe I should try harder.

Anyway, I've put your blog in my things-to-read-daily list! I can't wait to find time to read the rest of your former posts!

M.M.E. said...

I don't have that color! Now I have another ink to add to my 'must-buy' list. Thank you. Love finding new art supplies/writing supplies. So happy my illustrating and writing coincide with materials.

Biffybeans said...

Zoe - I've found that Diamine has darker red inks that might work better for me.

Mandy - pleased to meet you as well! Yes... I am an art supply junkie. I'll admit it. :o) If it matters, my glass pen has a swirled tip. Seems to hold the ink nicely.

MME - hehe!

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