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Diamine Inkvent (Blue Edition) Seasons Greetings – a lazy review


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Earlier in 2020, Diamine released the 25 ink colours that it produced and included in its Inkvent (2019 advent calendar) product as separate retail products in four-legged 50ml Blue Edition bottles. The inks in the series are categorised as standard, sheening, and shimmering — and each is priced accordingly.

 

Seasons Greetings is one of the sheening inks.

 

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Base colour: Dark teal
Flow: Moderate
 
Feathering: Not observed on Rhodia Dotpad 80g/m² paper, looking closely at the thinnest hatching lines, and words/glyphs ‘reverse-written’ with the nib upside-down (i.e. the bottom of the feed facing up)
Show-through: Low to nil
Bleed-through: Not observed
 
Drying time: A smidgen over 20 seconds
Smudging after fully dry: A small amount; this ink is slightly susceptible to being re-wetted by the moisture on one's fingertips. I rubbed my dry thumb over the stippling dots (just after the scan shown above was done), and that caused some very minor streaking that took a loupe to spot. However, just now when I was handling the ink review sheet over 48 hours later, I managed to smudge some of smaller Japanese characters
Water resistance: So apparently poor that I don't think I need to soak some part of the sheet for an hour or so
 
Shading: Negligible. In spite of the apparent shading in the image above, the darker parts are actually manifestations of sheen; see image below. (I confirmed it by checking the ink review sheet under a loupe and a bright LED lamp.)

 

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Sheen: Plenty of pink sheen, evident in almost every ink mark on the page, other than the thinnest and driest of the hatching lines I did by ‘reverse-writing’ (with nib upside-down and the bottom of the feed facing up) which apparently this pen-and-ink combination, or maybe just the pen, doesn't support

 

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Shimmer: None
 
My thoughts: Now that I have detected a bit more susceptibility to smudging with this ink, I might have to rethink whether I feel comfortable using it to write in my journals and notebooks of which the content I intend to revisit. Nevertheless, the degree of smudging doesn't seem to be quite as severe as with some other Diamine (ultra-)sheening inks such as Iridescink Herbert or November Rain.

 

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Thank you for the review and nice photos of the sheen. I have a number of bottles of the Invent Blue Edition inks; both sheen and sheen and shimmer. A bottle of Seasons Greetings is hopefully arriving in tomorrows post. I'm currently writing with both Holly and Polar Glow.

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The sheen is interesting, but the base color is not to my taste.  Thanks for the review -- you've saved me some money (there are other Inkvent Blue Edition inks that I might want, though...).

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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@inkstainedruth I'm glad the review proved useful for you!

 

@gpsgrandpa Not having bought the 2019 advent calendar product or sampled its contents, Holly was originally my first choice of Diamine Inkvent colours to get separately. I can't remember why exactly I ultimately passed on it (and I only needed two or three Blue Edition bottles to pad an order at the time, to make the free international shipping threshold), but I think it must've been because I looked at some online comparisons, and it was rather close to some other Diamine, Monteverde and/or Sailor ink colours I have? My other choice was going to be Noel, but I also ended up passing on it.

 

In the end, I ordered:

  • Winter Miracle, because it's so spectacularly rich with features;
  • Seasons Greetings, which is reminiscent of some of the region-exclusive Diamine ultra-sheeners, e.g. Smoke on the Water, and I was trying to stop my craving to get more of those when international shipping is so damn difficult/expensive these days; and
  • Nutcracker, for its green sheen I saw in multiple reviews, in spite of it not being categorised as a sheening Blue Edition ink.  

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I did not care for this indistinct dark colour in all nib sizes I saw. It seemed to me that when thinned it looked more like turquoise blue and more pleasant, but turquoise is as crowded a market as teal and this ink has no water resistance.

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My bottle arrived and I inked up a pen from Ryan Krusac - medium nib with it. It does have plenty of sheen but the contrast of colors is minimal.

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On 12/10/2020 at 2:05 AM, gpsgrandpa said:

My bottle arrived and I inked up a pen from Ryan Krusac - medium nib with it. It does have plenty of sheen but the contrast of colors is minimal.

That's what put me off a bottle. The sheen is a dingy burgundy-black, the teal green is quite darkly indistinct too. Came alive only after I diluted it, which weakens the sheen. The way to get a similar colour with total, distinct sheen seems to be Walden.

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