Review by Laura Cameron
In my ongoing attempt to embrace Ultra Violet as the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year, I have been ordering every purple ink I can find. So, of course, I had to get a bottle of the Diamine 150th Anniversary Collection Purple Dream (€7.85 for 40ml bottle) to add to my burgeoning purple ink collection.
Purple Dream is a gorgeous dark, dark purple.
It is a lovely ink that flows smoothly through my pens. While I think overall it leans more towards the red spectrum, in super heavy applications it definitely shows blue tones, and a crazy almost yellow sheen.
It has so many tones in that heavy application that I find myself endlessly fascinated with it.
Using a glass nib, just appears a gorgeous dark purple.
It is just such a hard color to define for me. In between Diamine Frosted Orchid and Monteverde Rose Noir it looks to be the darkest and bluest of the three, but I’m still struck how the larger nibs reveal that redder tone. What do you think?
- Paper: Crossfield Journal ($24.00) and Maruman Mnemosyne N182A Inspiration Notebook A5 ($10.50)
- Pen: Delike Glass Signature Pen ($37.80)
- Swatches: Col-o-Ring Ink Testing Book ($10)
- Ink: Diamine Purple Dream (€7.85 via Appelboom)
Laura is a tech editor, podcaster, knitter, spinner and recent pen addict. You can learn more about her knitting and tea adventures on her website, The Corner of Knit & Tea and can find her on Instagram as Fluffykira.