View Full Version : Diamine: Grape, Imperial Purple, and Deep Magenta - painting experiment

September 23rd, 2013, 01:10 AM
FP ink from a different perspective…

I thought I would post this work in progress - experimenting with Diamine fountain pen inks. Having not long owned my first FPs and knowing nothing about fountain pen inks I spent time researching various sources online before deciding to give Diamine inks a try. I now have 8 colours and am finding them outstanding so far in both fine and broad nibs.

In this post I’m using Diamine inks with a brush and water like watercolour paint - on Bockingford 300gsm Watercolour paper. I find this a good way to quickly ascertain the general quality and usability of any medium including ink. These inks exhibit nice blending and gradation properties when applied wet-on-wet to the watercolour paper. They interact and perform predictably with the paper, with no unwanted surprises. On this piece the inks are washed out considerably to create more subtle tones and hues for the flowers. When applied neat the colours are very vibrant.

Colours used here are Deep Magenta, Imperial Purple, and Grape.
Worth mentioning - the lid seals on these 30ml bottles are excellent.

Thanks for looking.

September 23rd, 2013, 02:12 AM
Wow beautiful,

September 23rd, 2013, 08:58 AM

September 23rd, 2013, 02:10 PM
They're amazing. Thanks for sharing

September 23rd, 2013, 06:12 PM
Thank you for the kind feedback. I've always loved the way that mediums can gradate and blend and I think ink is probably the best at it. Most likely because the hue is a dye rather than a pigment (e.g. watercolour and acrylic paint etc) therefore is carried more minutely and fluidly within the vehicle. I am hoping to get the Diamine 'Music Set' in the next few weeks for my fountain pens, and thought I might try using them to do a portrait of one of the great Master composers. Anyone here tried that set yet?