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#1 dandelion

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 21:13

This ink really surprised me. I don't like pink or cerise. I was very into pink during my early teens and haven't been able to cope with any forms of pink on clothes [on me] or interior [in my home] since. But this dark pink/cerise ink is the exception that confirms the rule. I got some free samples from Diamine and thought I'd better try it and I'm very happy I did. I will write letters to my mum and some friends with this ink or maybe use it when I draw birthday cards. This is not an oversweet dark pink - more on the happy, playful side. I like it.

As all Diamine inks that I have tried so far this is a very well behaved ink. The flow is excellent - nor too dry or to wet - the shading is very good and brings out the temperament in this ink. The only thing I miss with the Diamine inks is that they are not bulletproof. In all other aspects they belong to my favourites. I like my everyday inks to be bulletproof since I like to highlight my notes. It comes both in cartridges (at least if you order directly from Diamine) or 30 ml (from Diamine) bottles or 80 ml bottles. Great value for the money.

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 21:31

This does look like a good ink to try -- thank you for the review.

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 21:55

Ohhhhh pretty..... Do you happen to have Herbin's Rose Cyclamen for a comparison?

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 22:00

QUOTE (biffybeans @ May 1 2009, 08:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ohhhhh pretty..... Do you happen to have Herbin's Rose Cyclamen for a comparison?


Hi Steph,

I do, but will need to wait till later today.

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 23:58

While not within my normal range of colors, that looks like a good one for a cheery change of pace.

AFAIK, Herbin Rose Cyclamen is a much brighter pink.
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Posted 01 May 2009 - 01:41

I got a sample of Diamine Claret from Pear Tree Pens, and liked it a lot. It's on my list of inks to buy. Actually, I like most Diamine inks I've tried.

Thank you for your review.
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Posted 01 May 2009 - 01:59

Thanks, dandelion, for this excellent review. I love Diamine Claret. I keep it in a little vintage Waterman 52 1/2 which has a nice flexible nib. The funny thing about this ink (or is it something about the pen?) is that when the ink is wet on the paper, it looks like a true red. As it dries it changes to the lovely color in dandelion's writing sample.

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 08:00

QUOTE (biffybeans @ May 1 2009, 07:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ohhhhh pretty..... Do you happen to have Herbin's Rose Cyclamen for a comparison?


Just a quick scribble. Sorry a bit out of focus!


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Posted 01 May 2009 - 09:04

Thank you, Soki, they are lovely, well behave pinks, being Rose Cyclamen a bit less saturated but true rose pink. Is one of those situations where you want to have them both.

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 12:45

oh now that is a pretty color!

Can you add a comparison scan with Arabian Rose or Ottoman Rose or Shah Rose?!?!

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 14:43

Interesting. My bottle of Claret is much closer to the scan of Rose Cyclamen. I added a couple drops of Aurora black to the bottle to get a darker color (which I prefer.) The darker mix is pretty close to the Claret shown here.

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 16:36

Much appreciated, thank you!!!


QUOTE (fuchsiaprincess @ May 1 2009, 04:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (biffybeans @ May 1 2009, 07:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ohhhhh pretty..... Do you happen to have Herbin's Rose Cyclamen for a comparison?


Just a quick scribble. Sorry a bit out of focus!



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Posted 01 May 2009 - 17:43

Such pretty colors!

I like your handwriting -- Dandelion and Soki!

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 18:11

Thanks Soki for the comparison with Herbin's cyklamen. I might get into pink for the first time in 15-20 years, which causes a slight identity crisis...

My experience is the same as Judybugs; the colour deepens and changes when it dries. Thanks also for kind feedback!

QUOTE (Judybug @ May 1 2009, 03:59 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks, dandelion, for this excellent review. I love Diamine Claret. I keep it in a little vintage Waterman 52 1/2 which has a nice flexible nib. The funny thing about this ink (or is it something about the pen?) is that when the ink is wet on the paper, it looks like a true red. As it dries it changes to the lovely color in dandelion's writing sample.

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QUOTE (fuchsiaprincess @ May 1 2009, 10:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (biffybeans @ May 1 2009, 07:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ohhhhh pretty..... Do you happen to have Herbin's Rose Cyclamen for a comparison?


Just a quick scribble. Sorry a bit out of focus!




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Posted 01 May 2009 - 22:00

QUOTE (biffybeans @ May 2 2009, 02:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Much appreciated, thank you!!!


QUOTE (fuchsiaprincess @ May 1 2009, 04:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (biffybeans @ May 1 2009, 07:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ohhhhh pretty..... Do you happen to have Herbin's Rose Cyclamen for a comparison?


Just a quick scribble. Sorry a bit out of focus!



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Posted 02 May 2009 - 01:26

I wish my Diamine Claret looked like any of these photos or scans. For me, it's a much lighter, brighter pink.

Now, generally, I loathe pink, but I still kind of like this ink... but I'm thinking of it more for mixing. It's a little hard to take straight. Maybe I need to try it in another pen.

The shading is lovely, though, and I do enjoy the way it changes colors as it dries.

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 08:11

i love this ink and use it the whole time im my platinum pocket pen. It actually writes very well on any kind of paper (cheap or not) including moleskine but that is probably also due to the fine nib. its the colour i use the most next to pelikan blueblack.
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Posted 02 May 2009 - 10:13

I shall be buying some based on this excellent review!
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Posted 02 May 2009 - 14:04

QUOTE (dizzypen @ May 1 2009, 11:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
oh now that is a pretty color!

Can you add a comparison scan with Arabian Rose or Ottoman Rose or Shah Rose?!?!


Hi Dizzypen,

I have given both my Ottoman Rose and Shah Rose away, so am not able to provide comparison scans. However, the Claret is closest to Ottoman Rose (that's why I gave it away - doesn't dry as quickly as the Claret). Shah Rose is less saturated compared to both the Claret and Ottoman Rose. Sorry I cannot comment on Arabian Rose.

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 14:06

QUOTE (ethernautrix @ May 2 2009, 04:13 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Such pretty colors!

I like your handwriting -- Dandelion and Soki!


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