Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Review: Diamine Sapphire Blue Fountain Pen Ink

Diamine Sapphire Blue

Diamine New Century Sapphire Blue Fountain Pen ink tested in a Paperblanks journal with off-white paper - and in an EF Lamy Safari fountain pen.

Tested in one of my driest writing pens and the ink is flowing quite nicely. It's saturated with some shading. Would probably show even darker with a wider nibbed pen. Very blueberry in color.

A vibrant blue I would not call subtle.

I'm still not sure what I want in a blue ink. Blues in this range just don't ever get me excited. Blue is one of the few colors that I actually prefer to be a little more like ball point ink (in color) though I do really like the Majestic Blue. (For that reason)

For me, the jury is still out on this color - it's a good color, just not for me.

Mandala Doodle

Art was created by drawing with the Sapphire Blue ink and then lightly pulling some of the color into the white spaces with a Niji Waterbrush. Fountain pen inks work a lot like watercolor paints as they are water based.

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.


unhalfbricking said...

I really love the effect you get from using a waterbrush with fountain pen ink. I've just gotten a couple from Jetpens and I can't wait to try this technique, as it looks so stunning in your mandalas.

Henry said...

Nice review. I bought this ink, but it looks slightly more purple than your scan. Actually, the ink looks different in different light.

I think Diamine Majestic blue looks very light in fine nibs... it's darker in a flex or thicker nib.

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