As part of the United Inkdom meta review group, I have been asked to swatch test the fairly new Cult Pens Diamine exclusive Flower Inks collection.

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This Cult Pens exclusive ten ink collection is a rainbow collection of colours with a deep indigo/black. As you’ll see from the swatches, the inks when dropped onto a wetted paper surface, have little to no chromatic behaviours and are fairly transparent. But all of them react beautifully to bleach apart from the two slightly thicker inks Snap Dragon and Petunia where the bleach reacts in the less concentrated areas.

The set contains ten 30ml glass cube ink bottles based on different flowers and provides a beautiful array of colours. Each set contains one bottle of: Azalea, Buttercup, Dahlia, Forget me not, Lotus, Orchid, Petunia, Snap Dragon, Sunflower and Sweet Pea.

The inks come packaged in a Royal blue gift box (not shown as I had the samples sent in 30 ml plastic bottles) and printed with a gold foil Diamine logo. Click here to see the box. Once opened the gift box shows roses in gold foil on the inside of the lid. These inks are allegedly vegan-friendly and retail at £60 for the boxed set.

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Swatch cards

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Nice colours, but for me this would have to be a very special treat. Many thanks to United Inkdom for inviting me to participate in the meta review. Check out the meta review in due course.

All tests on Bockingford Rough 200lb watercolour paper and Rhodia dot matrix paper with handwriting using a Noodler’s Creeper pen.

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