Since I didn’t align my 12 Days of Inkmas properly, I decided to give you a bonus Inkmas. So, on this magically, snowy Christmas Eve here in Kansas City, I give you a toast of Diamine Wine Divine ($20 for 50ml bottle) to celebrate.
As you can see, there is gold sparkle to the burgundy ink. And I had a little trouble with my spelling. No worse than any of my other swatching crimes!
I loaded this up in my Wing Sung 698 Demonstrator with EF nib. It appears to be a knock-off Pilot nib in a pseudo-TWSBI-esque style pen so I’m wondering if I could swap out the nib for a Pilot Plumix calligraphy nib to get maximum ink coverage?
With soft light, you can see the gold in the large painted letters very clearly and a few hints of the gold in the smaller letters like “extra fine”. It’s not nearly as apparent as yesterday’s Spearmint Diva.
With more directed light, I tried to pick up more of the sparkle in the painted letters. It’s hard to get the effects in still photos.
I made a few more attempts using a flash to get the sparkle to reveal itself but, in writing, Wine Divine was not nearly as sparkly in a fine nib pen as Spearmint Diva.
As for color comparisons, there is not another sparkle ink in my collection anywhere close but Robert Oster Maroon 1789 was similar in hue.
So, I enjoyed playing with this sparkle ink because sparkle inks are always fun but Spearmint Diva was more sparkly. Wine Divine is a bit more subtle and the burgundy/gold combo is certainly classier but, c’mon, we’re talking about sparkly inks so how classy can I really be?
Happy holidays! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukah! Happy New Year!
- Paper: Rhodia Uni-Blank No. 18 with 7mm guide sheet
- Pens: Empire vintage traveling dip nib holder with Zebra G titanium nib ($33.50 per 10-pack), Wing Sung 698 Demonstrator Fountain Pen ($24)
- Swatches: Col-o-Ring Ink Testing Cards ($10 for 100 cards)
- Brush: Blick Studio Synthetic Round #0 Brush
- Ink: Diamine Shimmer-Tastic Wine Divine (50ml bottle for $20)