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MarneM
December 31st, 2013, 05:41 PM
For Christmas, I received the Diamine Flower Set from my lovely husband. So yesterday I set about using a dip pen to do a brief comparison of each of the inks. I was honestly fairly surprised. Obviously, since this is a dip pen, the colors are going to be slightly different than in a fountain pen, unless you have a very fine, wet flow! I was most surprised by Carnation and Marigold, which I didn't think I would like. As it turns out, I like them a great deal!

Here is the entire set on white Tomoe River Paper:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7317/11675279095_c68ba3347b_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11675279095/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11675279095/) by MarneLM (http://www.flickr.com/people/69216393@N04/), on Flickr

Here is the entire set on Southworth Fine Parchment Paper (sort of a beigey-gray color):

[http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3673/11676407884_8615746756_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11676407884/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11676407884/) by MarneLM (http://www.flickr.com/people/69216393@N04/), on Flickr

A close-up of Marigold and Carnation:

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2841/11659723956_4598942c16_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11659723956/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11659723956/) by MarneLM (http://www.flickr.com/people/69216393@N04/), on Flickr

A close-up of Pansy and Bougainvillea (you can see the green sheen of the Pansy):

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3759/11660287936_59a4432315_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11660287936/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11660287936/) by MarneLM (http://www.flickr.com/people/69216393@N04/), on Flickr

In this one, you can see the reddish sheen on the C in Cornflower, and the greenish sheen on the P in Pansy:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3799/11659824515_579b2d0133_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11659824515/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11659824515/) by MarneLM (http://www.flickr.com/people/69216393@N04/), on Flickr

A close-up of Cornflower and Aster (very similar, but Cornflower shades a little more toward purple, imho):

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3785/11660616736_7ef658387e_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11660616736/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11660616736/) by MarneLM (http://www.flickr.com/people/69216393@N04/), on Flickr

A closeup of Burgundy Rose (a very brown Burgundy -- and yes, I spelled Burgundy wrong :P), and Tulip:

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2849/11676579094_dfda93a79c_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11676579094/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11676579094/) by MarneLM (http://www.flickr.com/people/69216393@N04/), on Flickr

A closeup of Gerbera and Iris:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3669/11676072286_7a9c389664_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11676072286/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11676072286/) by MarneLM (http://www.flickr.com/people/69216393@N04/), on Flickr

And finally, here is a bit of a letter I wrote using the Tomoe River paper and Diamine Gerbera. It has great shading!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7403/11608521063_edfdc33362_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11608521063/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69216393@N04/11608521063/) by MarneLM (http://www.flickr.com/people/69216393@N04/), on Flickr

Love the whole set!

tandaina
December 31st, 2013, 05:44 PM
Very pretty!

Nickp
January 1st, 2014, 07:37 AM
I'm really liking those colours, great handwriting too!

klpeabody
January 1st, 2014, 08:55 AM
Thank you so much, Marne! I will agree with you, based on prior swabs/samples that I have seen of the set, neither Marigold nor Carnation appealed to me. Your sampler has changed my mind. Also, the greenish sheen on Pansy is quite intriguing. Thanks again for your efforts.

reprieve
January 1st, 2014, 10:42 AM
All of these colors are so lovely! I keep coming back to look at the photos.

Toulouse
January 1st, 2014, 11:36 AM
Very nice way to highlight these inks. Thanks for the pics. Wish I could make more than just a mess with a dip pen.

bananamoon
January 2nd, 2014, 02:34 AM
So lovely! Thanks for sharing all this. The marigold is gorgeous.

MechanicalAnalogy
January 13th, 2014, 08:26 PM
I realize you probably had a lot of fun writing these out (I hope you did!). But I really appreciate your taking the time to post them here. I am trying to decide on some letter writing stock and had my eye on the Southworth parchment paper. Now I can see what they mean by "fine parchment".

Also, being a newb, this is a great way for me to see some of the ink colors out there.

This hobby has so many avenues to explore...I'm kinda going crazy, but in a good way...I think. ;)

Cheers!

VertOlive
January 13th, 2014, 09:33 PM
Marvelous colors-and a fine hand with a dip pen!

Laura N
January 14th, 2014, 07:40 AM
Thank you. Those look great. Sheen fans take note.