On the last day of Inkmas, I finally broke and dipped into the glitter ink. This is Diamine Shimmer Spearmint Diva (50ml for $20), the perfect Christmas Eve eve ink… all sparkly, icy and seasonally green.
The sparkle is a fine silver and it catches the light really well.
There’s even a really nice bit of magenta shading in the swatch and with the dip nib. HAWT!
I filled my TWSBI Mini Demonstrator with the EF nib which is the first time I’ve actually used a glitter ink in a fountain pen rather than just dipping into the ink. This was the ink to jump into glitter ink full monty.
Even with an EF nib, I was able to coax sparkle out. It was very visible once the ink dried and the ink dried quickly with the fine nib. Double bonus for a lefty. Thanks to the transparent body, I was able to see when the sparkle had settled and give the pen a good roll on the table to redistribute the flakes.
I don’t have any other sparkle inks that even compare. J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor is much darker and DeAtramentis doesn’t make a sparkle ink even close. The only ink I had that compared colorwise was Kaweco Paradise Blue.
All-in-all, I was super happy with Spearmint Diva, except the name… It’s a little silly but so is sparkly ink. Great color, great sparkle distribution and so far, no clogging.
- Paper: Rhodia Uni-Blank No. 16 with 6mm guide sheet
- Pens: Empire vintage traveling dip nib holder with Zebra G titanium nib ($33.50 per 10-pack), TWSBI Mini Demonstrator EF
- Swatches: Col-o-Ring Ink Testing Cards
- Brush: Blick Studio Round #0 Brush
- Ink: Diamine Shimmer Spearmint Diva (50ml bottle for $20)
DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Vanness Pen Shop for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.
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Thanks for the beautiful 12 days! Happy holidays, Ana!
nice! although i guess Spearmint Diva is a bit dark for me but still, really enjoyed this read.
This is by far my favorite sparkle ink! The color is beautiful and there is SO MUCH GLITTER!
Happy holidays to you and yours!