For those of you who have been reading the blog for a bit, you know that each year I like to purchase some inks that are representative of the Pantone Color of the Year. The color for 2022 is Very Peri.
What IS periwinkle? Is it blue? Is it purple? Is it blurple? According to Pantone:
Encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possessing a violet-red undertone, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression.
It also comes from the plant of the same name, which can appear blue, pale lilac, or some combination in between.
With that in mind, I searched the web for periwinkle fountain ink. I have lots of contenders to share over the next few weeks, but the first one that came up was Dominant Industry Periwinkle. It comes in both a matte finish (Periwinkle Blue) and a pearl finish (Periwinkle Twinkle, 25mL for $20.00). How could I not choose the pearl?
Periwinkle Twinkle displays more blue than lavender, though there are some violet undertones. The pearl finish helps to add that bit of sparkle and color to it. In the swatch itself, I get a bit of sparkle that’s hard to capture on camera, but it is there. In the large ink droplets, there’s no denying that pearly sheen!
The ink shades nicely – it is on the lighter side in finer nibs, but still very readable.
In terms of comparable inks, I have a few. I was surprised to see Stipula Deep Blue was close, if not a bit lighter. Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire has a bit of a purple cast to it and Pilot Iroshizuku Ajisai is another ink that reads fairly blue/purple.
Overall, I’m not quite sure I hit the exact shade of Veri Peri, but I’m glad to have added another fun blue to the collection. I do have a few more to explore though, and a few that look a bit more purple – stay tuned!
- Papers: Maruman Mnemosyne N182A Inspiration Notebook A5 ($10.50), 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)
- Inks: Dominant Industry Periwinkle Twinkle (25ml for $20)
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