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)