Here we go then! The 10 Diamine Purples produced exclusively for the Fountain Pens UK Facebook Group. And what a selection to choose from. From red purples sheening green to blue purples sheening yellow. A wealth of chromatic behaviours on show too.
The swabs were created on cartridge paper and the swatch tests on Bockingford watercolour paper. For the creatives amongst you, the bleach tests have also proved to be very exciting as the abstract alphabets demonstrate. So, ten fabulous purples to choose from. If you want to get involved and vote for your favourite colour sign up to Fountain Pens UK. You will also be able to name the ink and get hold of it ahead of general release!
717 – A mid purple veering toward the red with a hint of a yellow sheen
801 – A deep dark dusty blue purple with no sheen
770 – A dark purple with hint of red with pronounced green sheen
723 – A slightly reddish purple with the hint of a yellow sheen
768 – A dark purple veering toward the blue with a feint green sheen
718 – A mid purple veering toward the red with a feint yellow sheen
768X – A mid purple veering toward the blue with a feint yellow sheen
765 – A dark blue purple with a strong yellow sheen (Remember Purple Rain?)
799 – A deep purple veering toward the blue with a very feint sheen
799X – A deep purple veering toward the blue with no sheen
I’m voting for the Fountain Pens UK Diamine Purple 770. On #bockingford 140 HP smooth these beautiful pinks and blues together with that green sheen just do it for me. The subtleties and range of tone plus the glorious reaction with bleach… I don’t need to bang on any more. As you’re aware, I’m into the exploration and hopefully the attached image illustrates my reasons why. This also demonstrates how fountain pen inks can vary in their colour depending upon the paper surface you choose to use.
All tests (excluding the illustration) on Bockingford Rough 200lb watercolour paper with handwriting using a Noodler’s Creeper pen.