And once again, many congratulations to Diamine! Not only have they managed to release yet another Inkvent Calendar but, in my opinion, they have surpassed themselves and created another 25 brand new inks all with their own unique magical qualities.
The Inkvent Calendar 2021 range featured a lovely range of: standard, sheen, shimmer and sheen shimmer fountain pen inks. The first 25 colours come in 12ml bottles while the Christmas day ink comes in a 30ml bottle. Their ink names all reflect, in some way, the festive season, so once you’ve opened all of the doors, you’ll have a collection comprising of: Seize the Night, Garland, Ash, Tempest, Harmony, Winter Spice, Candle light, Raspberry Rose, Storm, Peach Punch, Party Time, Stargazer, Ruby Blue, Red Robin, Night Shade, Vintage Copper, Thunderbolt, Subzero, Festive Joy, Pink Ice, Brandy Snap, Black Ivy, Wonderland, Yuletide and All the Best – the big one at the end.
The swatch cards below are in day opening order (left to right – top to bottom). I’m also hoping that the swatch cards are self explanatory for you to see what type of ink each one is and what they are capable of?
This year’s calendar has kept a growing group of inkophiles out of mischief for more than a few hours. The evidence of which has been shared widely on social media channels. The sheer plethora of creative ways in which people have used the inkvent inks is just mind blowing: from swatch carding, abstract patterning and lettering to intricate illustrations, journaling and calligraphy. Long gone are the boring old cotton bud swabs and good riddance too!
These first 25 days of December have been nothing but utter joy for me. And I have good news for you too. All of the inks will be available to buy as separate bottles from early 2022.
If you’ve enjoyed this post, click here to view the previous inkvent calendar swatches for comparison. And don’t forget to look out for my annual project review and top twelve inks for 2021 which I will post on New Year’s Eve.
Swatches conducted on Bockingford 200lb rough, using a Noodler’s Creeper pen, bleach and KUM brushes.
HEY! If you’re interested to know more about how to use fountain pen inks in more creative ways – whether it’s simply to observe their chromatic behaviours, or, to recreate one of my swatch cards, or, to learn how to use them in watercolour painting, illustration and calligraphy, why not check out my online course or, even better, sign up for a workshop?