Given I was expecting mostly green inks, I was excited the first one was blue & was thrilled to anticipate a broad range of colors.
Today’s door opening! *drumroll*……….
Day 2’s ink is called “Yule Log.”
I tested each ink using a borosilicate glass dip pen in a Maruman Mnemosyne notebook. The paper in the Mnemosyne is good for sheening inks but isn’t as thin as Tomoe River, making it easier to use a sharp glass pen.
(I decided including “Diamine” in the text was redundant, so you won’t see that again. If I do ink swabs later, I’ll revise the labeling.)
Yule Log is a dark woody brown ink, somewhat on the redder side, with both lovely shading and a ton of shimmer. It’s a thicker ink that writes wet but not so wet that it feels out of control. The combination of both the thickness and the smooth flow meant I didn’t want to stop writing, and while I usually don’t like brown inks, the rich color and the beautiful shimmer made me fall in love with this one.
It’s a pretty ink end to end, but the shimmer doesn’t show up in the writing as much as I’d hoped. The above splotch in close-up shows off edges of almost a charcoal color, as well as the shimmer, but in the writing you can see the shimmer isn’t obvious. That said, it’s so pleasant to write with, I would be happy with this on all sorts of papers.
When Diamine decides to release this color more widely, I’m all in on a full bottle.
Next up: Day 3!