Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Review: Diamine Yellow Fountain Pen Ink

Black & White Mandala over Yellow Diamine Ink

This is maybe the 3rd or 4th yellow fountain pen ink I've tested. Each time I filled a pen with the ink, it was always too light for regular use and I couldn't quite figure out what to do with it. As fountain pen inks are water based, you can't use them to highlight over other inks or they will run together.

This time I tried using it with a glass dip pen which made for a bolder application on the off-white Paperblanks journal paper.

This yellow is very vibrant and saturated but I still can't figure out what to do with it pen-wise.

That's when I got the idea to paint with it. I applied it to the page of my Clairefontaine sketch pad with an inexpensive sponge brush. Depending on the paper used, it dries quickly and the paper dries flat with little to no buckling or bleed through. I say that it depends on the paper because applying inks in this manner worked quite well on some papers and not so well on others. It always ended up usable to some degree, but some of the papers would curl while they were wet and would transfer wet ink to the pages behind it. On paper like this Clairefontaine, if you touch the surface, you can't even tell that there has been ink applied - it feels smooth & flat. On some of the "other" papers, (the ones that curled) the paper would feel kind of brittle once the ink was dry and there would be some warping.

I would actually ink up pages in several different sketch pads/journals at a time so I could work with them at a later time.

In case you are wondering, it takes less ink than you might think to cover a 5x8" page like this.

Diamine Yellow

BuyDiamine 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.

1 comment:

Gentian said...

I like the mandala with the yellow. Nicely pairs with the black and white.

I wonder if the yellow ink would look nice on a different colour stationery? It may or may not work but it might be worth a try.

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