Now for the cool inks!
Diamine Shimmer-tastic Lilac Satin ink has won the contest for most beautiful shimmer purple that we own — Diamine Shimmer-tastic Frosted Orchid ink came in second.
Until I swatched them all I really did not see the difference online.
Lilac Satin has the prettiest base ink, clear beautiful, and a great shimmer!
I’m afraid Diamine Purple Pizzazz really hasn’t got much Pizzazz! Meh!
I owned PenBBS #103 Hyacinth Macaw ink — even though I am not a shimmer gurl
I had to have it because it is a Macaw Ink! (Yes I am that easy!)
It is gorgeous, and made me want to try other Pen BBS inks.
We bought a bottle of Diamine Shimmer-tastic Cobalt Jazz ink after loving a sample
of a mislabeled ink… You can see how close it is to the PenBBS Macaw ink,
though I think the Macaw has a deeper base color.
Diamine Shimmer-tastic Shimmering Seas ink has a nice bit of shimmer
but we found the base ink color blah…
Robert Oster Shake & Shimmer Blue Moon ink is stunning,
both in the phthalo-blue under ink and the shimmer!
J.Herbin Kyanite du Nepal ink has that lovely under base note, and is a touch greener.
It is the most shimmery of the J.Herbin inks we sampled, but still, not as
stunning as Blue Moon… whatever causes the shimmer is nicer in Blue Moon.
J.Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean ink did not get love from us as
the base ink is fairly dull, and there was little shimmer.
I am surprised at how disappointed I was in the J.Herbin inks,
because I have some lovely bright inks from them and they make great inks
— but not so much the shimmers!
Finally, the greens. All of the greens we sampled were lovely, and three have already become bottles in our collection because they are such gorgeous inks.
I bought Vinta Inks Collection Gold Dust Piloncitos 1521 Ink…
I love “off” colors (posting soon), and this ink created some beautiful images in tests,
and I am looking forward to the bottle when it arrives.
It is a mysterious green with bronze overtones of shimmer.
Robert Oster Shake & Shimmer Peppermint Candy ink has a teal green base ink and the loveliest green shimmer — Wow! I love the green shimmer, instead of gold or silver.
Diamine Shimmer-tastic Golden Oasis (Green) ink shocks because the name implies
it is gold! I know an oasis is usually a fecund place in a desert but really,
they must attach GREEN in their name! This is a knock -your-socks off cheery green
base with a gold shimmer, and it is Mitchell’s favorite ink…
Diamine Shimmer-tastic Magical Forest ink should get more love — it is a beautiful emerald green base with a silver-green shimmer… but didn’t make the get-a-bottle-cut!
About the quality and clog-ability of these inks…
All of these inks are fairly well behaved with the understanding that
they have a boatload of particles in them. They do not bleed more than other inks,
most dry a bit slower but not so that you’d notice when writing.
Running the plastic sheet under the tines every so often moves stuck glitter
and we’ve had no reason to clean but one pen, which was left sitting nib down.
Lay pen on their sides or tip up!
Glitter and the environment…
It matters — glitter harms people during manufacturing and
is terrible for the various water creatures. It is a plastic material!
What I’ve found so far: Robert Oster and Diamine do not use glitter, but a mineral.
When I review other brands I will check to see what they use…
It is more difficult to get info on the other brands but I have emails out to their sites.
What are your favorite glitter inks?
“Memory is more indelible than ink.”
Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
“I think not….”
Me… why I journal!
Folding journal with:
Robert Oster Shake & Shimmer Aussie Liquid Gold ink,
Robert Oster Shake & Shimmer Heart of Gold ink,
Robert Oster Shake & Shimmer Sterling Silver ink,
Robert Oster Glistening Orange Rumble ink,
Robert Oster Shake & Shimmer Blue Moon ink,
Robert Oster Shake & Shimmer Red Gold ink,
Robert Oster Shake & Shimmer Peppermint Candy ink,
J.Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean ink,
J.Herbin Kyanite du Nepal ink,
J.Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre ink,
J.Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite ink,
Diamine Shimmer-tastic Cobalt Jazz ink,
Diamine Shimmer-tastic Golden Oasis (Green) ink,
Diamine Shimmer-tastic Magical Forest ink,
Diamine Shimmer-tastic Shimmering Seas ink,
Diamine Shimmer-tastic Moon Dust ink,
Diamine Shimmer-tastic Frosted Orchid ink,
Diamine Shimmer-tastic Golden Sands ink,
Diamine Shimmer-tastic Purple Pazzazz ink,
Diamine Shimmer-tastic Lilac Satin ink,
Organics Studio Elements Cysteine Brown Shimmer ink,
PenBBS #153 Burning of White House 1814 Ink,
PenBBS #103 Hyacinth Macaw ink,
and Vinta Inks Collection Gold Dust Piloncitos 1521 Ink.
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