Review by Laura Cameron
As you might have guessed, I’m continuing to order samples of blue ink in honor of the Pantone color of the year. Today I’ve got some Diamine Florida Blue (30mL, $7.50) up for review!
Florida Blue is a bright blue that I found leaned somewhat turquoise in application. It reminds me of the warm waters surrounding Florida, so I guess it’s aptly named.
This one shades nicely, but doesn’t sheen. Even in ink drops, it is just beautiful brilliant blue.
From my collection, I think the closest inks to Florida Blue are Colorverse’s Supernova and Pen BBS #128, Santorini. Gotta love those ocean blues!
Diamine inks perform really well for me. Not too wet and not too dry, they’re the perfect middle road. With a million colors to choose from (ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration) and a fairly low price point, I think they’re a great ink to experiment with!
I don’t know if it exactly fits the “Classic Blue” that Pantone had in mind, but I’m totally digging this blue and I’m glad I’ve added it to the stash.
- Paper: Crossfield Journal ($24.00)
- Pen: Delike Glass Signature Pen ($37.80)
- Swatches: Col-o-Ring Ink Testing Book ($10) and Col-o-Dex Rotary Cards ($15)
- Ink: Diamine Florida Blue (30mL, $7.50)
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This is a very pretty blue, thank you for the review!
How does it compare with Waterman Serenity Blue? Waterman’s used to be called “Florida Blue” as well.
Unfortunately I don’t have that one in my ink stash so I can’t compare. 🙁
Doesn’t look like it has any turquoise leaning — it looks like a clear bright blue.