Monday, August 17, 2009

Review: Diamine Violet Fountain Pen Ink

Mandala Doodle

I find it difficult to love an ink when you spill it all over floor, the counter, your hands, new shorts, and feet. The only place I didn't spill it was on my (I swear) purple shirt. It was totally my fault - I was in the midst of re-filling 10 pens and I wasn't watching what I was doing. Bonk! And over it went. Funny thing was that when all was said and done, it seemed as though I had only spilled about a teaspoon. But oh my - a teaspoon of ink was still a boatload to clean up.

Diamine Violet

Diamine Old English Violet Fountain Pen ink tested in a Paperblanks journal with off-white paper - and in an EF Lamy Accent fountain pen.

Violet is a saturated ink with great flow. Sadly, all pictures of this ink seem to make it look more blue than it really is. In person, it reminds me of Herbin's Violette Pensee.

The Violet & Violette Pensee go down the same color but the Violet is more blue and the Violette Pensee more red when dry. When I think of violet, I think of purple and ultimately, I'm not sure I call really call this ink "purple." It's more of a blueish purple. (But it's still more purple than these pictures show.) It's not an "in your face" purple.

It's got such great flow but I think I might stick with the Imperial Purple and the Violette Pensee though I would still recommend it. Just don't spill it!

(I think Violet & I always think of Willy Wonka...)

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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...

Mmmm, the Imperial Purple is glorious, hey! Lovely to see an all-purple ink post, my idea of perfection! :)

zquilts said...

I am definitely becoming a fan of purples and I have two of those you showed on my " I wanna have that" list!

AS for this spill...I am convinced that the planets are messing with us - last week's energy out and about was totally weird!

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