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Shimmer Inks
« on: June 06, 2022, 10:26:52 PM »
After going back for 50ml bottles of my favorites from Diamine Inkvent 2021, I thought I'd be done purchasing ink for a while.  Nope.  Here are two spectacular duo-tone, shimmer inks from Dominant Industry (a relatively new brand from South Korea).  The bottles are cute AF, and the inks have lots of potential for drawing and calligraphy.  Both inks are pretty good right out of the bottle - surprisingly good with a pointed pen and especially great with a broad nib.

"Sunset" is a medium violet - further to the warm/red side of lavender.  It bleeds out cyan, mauve, and petal pinks on wetted paper, and features warm gold shimmer.  I was at a conference in Chicago when I spotted them at Atlas, so the drawing shows the Chicago skyline at sunset.

"Autumn Forest" is a mossy green-brown with pearly pink shimmer.  It bleeds out cyan, celadon, fern green, and a range of earthy tones from ecru to walnut.  Moody and evocative!

It has taken me a while to admit that I have a thing for shimmer inks.  Like a magpie, drawn to shiny objects.  'Tis the season for making a lot of graduation cards and certificates, and they give a traditional gothic textura quadrata a slick modern edge.  Does anyone else have a thing for shimmer inks?  What do you use them for?
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Re: Shimmer Inks
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2022, 12:20:20 AM »
Thanks, as always, for sharing your beautiful work here! 

And magpie on.  Never met a corvid I didn't like!

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Re: Shimmer Inks
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2022, 09:23:08 AM »
I'm a fan of shimmer inks as well. After a lot of attempts in using them in fountain pens I got tired of cleaning, so I actually started with dip pens as a result. still early days for me as I am learning how to best use dip pens for writing and drawing but am enjoying the trip.

I too like the Dominant inks and have one with shimmer and one without. Most of my shimmer inks are Diamine.

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Re: Shimmer Inks
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2022, 12:19:06 PM »
Oh these are lovely! And you’re right - those bottles are adorable - I would buy it just for the bottle. LOL!

Where do you purchase these? Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2022, 08:52:28 PM »
Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, @Zivio and @Erica McPhee - Erica, I got these two inks at Atlas Stationers in Chicago (because I couldn't resist the adorable bottles, which come wrapped in little dust bags with tiny droppers).  They're available on Atlas's website too.  And they're also at JetPens.com.  JetPens also carries the "mirror" line - I'm sorely sorely tempted to try the ones in "hologram" and in "chrome": https://www.jetpens.com/Dominant-Industry-Hologram-Ink-Mirror-Series-25-ml-Bottle/pd/34277

@tde44p - I'm sure we'd all love to see your shimmery ink work here!  Diamine does indeed have some fantastic shimmer inks.  I showed my swatches for their whole Inkvent 2021 line in the Inkvent thread: https://theflourishforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=7287.0
There are lots of great shimmers and sheens in that collection!  Which of the Diamine shimmers do you have?  Which of the Dominant Industry inks do you have?  Do you have a favorite?  Would you share images?  Do you make swatches?

I find the shimmer inks do very well in a wet writing fountain pen with a very broad nib, like the Pilot Parallels.  But they do not suit every fountain pen - the shimmer from Herbin's "Shogun" ink jammed up my Parker stub nib.

Here's a writing sample using a custom ground 2mm Parallel nib with Dominant Industry "Autumn Forest" - on Tomoegawa paper (cream).  It's a practice run through a Latin pangram in textura quadrata, and an English pangram in bâtarde/secretary hand, for a conference presentation next month.


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Re: Shimmer Inks
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2022, 07:15:24 AM »
Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, @Zivio and @Erica McPhee - Erica, I got these two inks at Atlas Stationers in Chicago (because I couldn't resist the adorable bottles, which come wrapped in little dust bags with tiny droppers). 

I feel that way about Ferris Wheel Press inks.  The tops of their inks are dipped in colored wax.  The packaging is exquisite!  I have yet to purchase because I seem to have SO much ink (so little time to use it).  And then you went and intro'd us to those shimmer inks some months back.  I now have this backlist of inks I want in my stash, oy vey.  :-*
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Re: Shimmer Inks
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2022, 01:18:53 PM »
Just looked at JetPens — that chrome though! Wow!  ;D
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Re: Shimmer Inks
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2022, 02:27:35 PM »
@K-2
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Re: Shimmer Inks
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2022, 11:25:02 AM »
So beautiful. It's one of my favorite inks. I often use them in fountain pens for their cheerful glow in holiday greeting cards, letters to penpals or cheerful diary entries.

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Re: Shimmer Inks
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2024, 03:15:48 PM »
Flourish Friends -- I'm reviving this thread based on the lively conversation we were having over in the KOUS Shimmering Walnut Ink thread (https://theflourishforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=7665.0) since we had veered off on the question of shimmer inks in general.
- @Zivio  @tde44p  @Lyric  @hudson32  all had thoughts about shimmer inks in general, which we might pick back up on.

I totally agree with @JanisTX that often times shimmer inks show up much better with broad edge work. However many of the metallics (like the Dr. Ph. Martin's iridescent ink that @AnasaziWrites showed in that thread) are really vivid and beautiful with pointed pen on black/dark paper too.  My favorite of those is the "Nickel" color, which shows up well on both dark and light backgrounds, and is easy to use with either broad edge or pointed pen. I kind of want to make a distinction between "shimmer" and "metallic" because "shimmer" has particulates that float in a transparent base ink and is often safe for fountain pens, whereas "metallic" has much denser particulates in what's usually an acrylic medium (or comes in a pan like Coliro/Finetec or in the form of gouache), cannot be put into fountain pens and is opaque upon application. In general, broad edge works better for shimmer, simply because it lays down more surface area for the shimmer to sit on; metallics work fine for pointed & broad because there is nothing but shine distributed evenly throughout.

Like @BrightStar I keep feeling like I might could invest in more of the Pearl-Ex pigments (I have the gold one). I've never used the turquoise one, but it's good to know, per Janis, that it might underwhelm. However, lots of times, I dust the powder onto wet ink/paint rather than mix it into the medium, so it might work for that. I've been considering that particular Wearingeul "Half Moon with Dimmed Light" too though - BrightStar, what do you think keeps it at the bottom of your drawer?

Mike asked what my favorites are for lettering in particular -- I don't really have "favorites" as such. Mostly I make things to order, which puts color selection a little out of my hands, save that it's nice having a range of inks for clients to choose from. But there are a few that I come back to again and again, because I do a lot of work for local groups that require specific colors to match institutional branding. So my "Maroon & Gold" pick is Wearingeul's "Queen of Hearts" and my grey/silver for the local high school's "Red & Grey" color scheme is Ferris Wheel's "Atlas Iron Ore" (although every single time I open that beautiful bottle of beautiful ink, I fear that I will spill it - @Erica McPhee I've totally knocked over tall, skinny bottles of ink trying to decant them into dinky dips). I keep Pilot Parallel pens loaded with those inks at all times - the way those fountain pens meter out the ink works great on a variety of papers without any doctoring. I also usually have a pen loaded with Diamine's "Vintage Copper" from Inkvent 2021, which I find incredibly versatile. All of them are phenomenal drawing inks as well, but I only included lettering examples here, since that's what most of us use ink for (I've shown drawings of the others elsewhere on the Forum).

How about others? What are your favorites? What do you use them for? Do you have shimmer/metallic goals? Show us your shiny work!

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Re: Shimmer Inks
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2024, 05:23:52 PM »
@K-2
Do you know if the larger bottles of the 2024 Invent inks are available yet? I haven't seen them.
Are you going to get any larger bottles?

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Re: Shimmer Inks
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2024, 05:53:49 PM »
@AnasaziWrites - According to Goulet Pen's website, the big bottles of the Diamine Purple Collection (Inkvent 2023) are "coming in June" and will cost $24 for 50ml: https://www.gouletpens.com/collections/diamine-purple-edition

I haven't decided if I'm going to get any of them yet, but "Blizzard", "Moon Beam" and "Lavender Frost" bring a few new features to my ink collection that I think I'd use enough to maybe justify a 50ml bottle. Basically, I have a lot of gold-ish shimmer in my collections, so some silver or blue would fill a less-occupied niche.

How about you? I know you liked that "Fortune's Gold" a lot.
Does anyone else have a wish-list?

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Re: Shimmer Inks
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2024, 11:47:35 AM »
Love that Atlas Iron Ore! It really floats my boat. I'm glad nibs are cheap so I can invest my money in inks. :)

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Re: Shimmer Inks
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2024, 01:45:00 PM »
@K-2  You are amazing! Such a great writer. I no longer try to pour ink into dinky dips and instead use a dropper. That way I never have to let go of the open ink bottle.  :)
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Re: Shimmer Inks
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2024, 03:56:37 PM »
You are too kind, @Erica McPhee - and I'm a big klutz.

I always fill my dinky dips with a transfer-pipette (dropper), and usually syringe/dropper fill my fountain pens too. But the Troublemaker and Ferris Wheel bottles have small mouths as well as top-heavy designs, and occasionally I catch the pipette or blunt needle on the rim and knock them over that way (as well as when I just brush against it or jostle it and it tips over). It's especially problematic for filling fountain pen cartridges, because you need one hand on to hold the cartridge and one hand on the syringe/pipette, which leaves no hands on the bottle. Also, regular droppers won't reach to the bottom of Troublemaker or Robert Oster bottles, which is one of the reasons I use transfer pipettes or blunt needle syringes.

And it's worse if you're trying to fill a fountain pen with a converter, because then you need two hands to use the screw or plunger/siphon mechanism while hovering it over/in the bottle, assuming you can cram it into the bottle far enough to reach the ink! Nick Stewart has a little rant about this too: https://nickstewart.ink/2023/09/30/the-nebulous-plume-a-ferris-wheel-press-and-esterbrook-collaboration/

Ferris Wheel Press sells this snazzy "ink carriage" that "can be used to add stability during ink filling." But it costs US$40, and I feel like it's an admission of a design fail: https://www.gouletpens.com/products/ferris-wheel-press-blue-legacy-ink-carriage-limited-edition

Here's a photo of a transfer-pipette and syringe with bottles (Troublemaker, Ferris Wheel, KOUS) for scale: