INK : DIAMINE SUNSET
PAPER : RHODIA #16 A5 white lined
PEN : Onoto Magna 261 Medium nib tweaked for wet flow by John Sorowka (Oxonian).
Scanner : IT8-calibrated Epson V600 flatbed
Colour Space : Adobe RGB
Matte : 50% grey and 100% white
Post-process : Unsharp Mask
Here is a close-up of the swab. There is no metallic sheen to this ink and the swab shows it is a redder version of Diamine Pumpkin. I feel this ink has more potential for use than Pumpkin which I suspect may be relegated to Halloween or Party Time. Sunset has a touch more red and will probably find use where a bright, fun ink is needed but should not feel tied to one specific holiday...
And a close-up of the shading. This ink is an excellent candidate for shading...
As expected, this ink is in NO way water resistant but then Diamine never said it was...
DRYING TIMES : The writing tests above were done in a very wet medium nib that had just been cleaned. Drying times were longer than expected... Xerox 90gsm was around 15s. Rhodia, G Lalo Vergé and Clairefontaine Triomphe took a good 45s to dry. Wet downstrokes took longer.
SMEARING : None on any paper. This ink bonds nicely with the paper and noes not sit on top, even on Clairefontaine Triomphe. A careless wipe with a damp finger, however, will result in the colour moving.
BLEEDTHROUGH : This ink showed less tendency to bleed through on copy paper than Diamine Matador or Wild Strawberry. Given the wet nib I used above, I recorded the following... Xerox 90gsm had moderate bleedthrough and low to moderate feathering. Rhodia had no bleed through and no feathering. Clairefontaine Triomphe had no bleed through or feathering. G Lalo Vergé had no bleed through or feathering.
FLOW AND LUBRICATION : Flow for this ink seems to be high. I suspect even a dry fine nib will put down a good line. The ink seems "wet" and is not reluctant to penetrate the paper. Lubrication was excellent in the pen tested (my medium above). The writing experience was very enjoyable.
CLEANING : There were no colour residues left on the converter and this ink washed out nicely. It did not cling to the pen insides and a simple fairy/water then rinse was all it took to get the pen clean. I found a few gaps in the converter that some red had crept into but it soon got the idea who was boss. Easy to clean.