A reminder content note here: I understand Advent is a Christian artifact, regardless of its presence in my life and ancestry as a cultural event. I am not Christian, though much of my family is, and I am not happy with the Christianization of secular culture despite having grown up immersed in it. I promise to promote the voices and traditions from religions not my own, and the normalization of calling out when the dominant religious paradigm in America is packaged as secular celebration.
If anyone non-Xtian and non-Western pagan wants to collaborate on a version of daily present calendars that would allow more folks to feel included, or a countdown present calendar that doesn’t remind folks of a pregnancy calendar, lmk.
And with that, today’s door opening! *drumroll*……….
Day 12’s ink is called “Memory Lane.”
I tested, as per usual, 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 think someone at Diamine knows me.
Memory Lane is a really gorgeous ink. A dusty yet dark gray-lavender with both nice shading and a lot of shimmer. I found it to be a more wet ink which flowed nicely at first, but it ran fast so the later strokes of the pen were thinner. With some practice I think that will be a nice feature.
I was surprised to note, though, that when splotching this ink, it took a LONG time to dry. The other inks have dried reasonably well within an hour, even when it is humid outside, but not this one! The above photo was after two hours.
…..three and a HALF, and that edge is only just starting to dry. At least the above photo let me know that the shimmer isn’t only silver, it’s got some blue in there too!
After four hours it dried, with a glorious green-blue-silver iridescence in the shimmer. The above photo was my attempt to show the green in it.
This ink is incredibly impressive to me. It’s pretty, easy to write with, surprisingly easy to read, and offers lots of possibilities for painting. The slow dry time will probably be a deterrent for using it in anything like a journal, but it might be a benefit in pens I don’t use that often.
Absolutely getting a full bottle, though.
Next up: Day 13!
2 thoughts on “Diamine Inkvent 2022 – Day 12”
WOW that’s gorgeous
RIGHT?? I’m fully gobsmacked.
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