De Atramentis Violets

Awhile back in this post I wrote about a friend’s mission for a perfect shade of purple. Since then, she has selected three ink for me to do more extensive reviews. As you can see, two years have lapsed and I have not written a word on any of them, so it is about time!

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De Atramentis Dianthus


Here comes the first post in a search for that perfect purple.  De Atramentis Dianthus in the strictest sense is not purple, but a magenta with a bit of purple hue.  It has sticking resemblance to Rohrer and Klingner’s Solferino; the difference lies is Dianthus is a mangenta with more pink, while Solferino with more purple.


Similar to other De Atramentis ink, Dianthus is not waterproof.  With one wash, most words in a sentence are somewhat legible.  With 2 washes, the content of the sentence is close to illegible.  While this property would not be desirable to novelists, for example, as one drop from condensation of a drink can obliterate one’s magnum opus; it can be highly desirable to those who use fountain pen ink for painting or craft purposes.  The effect of ink wash is quite nice, as seen above, as water lifts layers of colors.


In general, it is best to couple De Atramentis ink with fountain pen friendly paper to prevent feathering, though feathering can still happen.  Feathering can be a rather complex problem that goes beyond paper, ink, and pen.  I would suggest to test on the paper that you will use before seeing small feet start to crawl out of your writing.


Last note about Dianthus, it is a scented ink.  The fragrance is rather faint compare to De Atramentis Plum Blue.  Sadly, the scent is not long lasting for the recipients to enjoy the experience, as it fades as soon as one finishes writing the word.

This ink would be ideal for you if you are:

  • looking for an economical ink with consistent performance (between $0.28 to $0.37/ml)*
  • searching for magenta ink with purple tint (and that you do not have Solferino already)
  • preferring ink with some but not dramatic amount of shading
  • enjoying a faint floral scent while writing
*calculate based on Goulet Pens‘ listed price, accessed July 27, 2015

In the Mood for Purple

Purple is my favorite color for as long as I can remember.  In this context, receiving a batch of purple ink to test out is almost a gift from above.  Since this friend is interested in finding a particular shade of purple, having swabs as reference would be helpful.  All ink names are written with Rohrer and Klingner glass dip pen, which explains overinked spots.  Images below is to give you a sense on the hues of these ink, in case you are interested in taking advantage of Goulet Pens‘ ink sample sales.  If you think you have seen doubles from the images below, you are not alone.  There are definitely shades that are very similar.

Two ink swabbed below has been reviewed in more details:  De Atramentis Magenta Violet and Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki-shikibu

If you want to know more about a certain ink from this swab list, let me know!



De Atramentis Jeanne d’Arc


Jeanne 1

Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) by De Atramentis gives a very feminine aura, which I found conflicting with the historical portrayal of la Pucelle, the Maiden.  Initially, I assume the ink color is not suitable for daily usage because the swatch appears very light; in contrary, because it dries a tad darker I can envision it to be in my weekly rotation, if I can still get a full bottle.  Compare to other De Atramentis ink I have, Jeanne d’Arc is not as wet and behaves rather well on most surface.  There is a minor feathering on normal paper, but not severe enough to be distracting.  In all, a great ink that I encounter too late.

Is there an ink you wish that you had tried earlier?

Ink Review: De Atramentis Beethoven

De Atramentis inks attract a wide variety of people with diverse series of inks.  One of the lines that often caught my eyes is the historic people series because I wonder how does De Atramentis determine who gets what color?  The Baker picked up Beethoven out of appreciation for his work being a classicly trained French horn player.  I, on the other hand, am intrigued about how this brown color matches up to Beethoven’s temptuous personality.

The brown turns out to be warm and a bit flirtatious, similar to some of Beethoven’s more uplifting and jovial tunes.  To my eyes, it even has a bit of purplish hue. When used with dip pen, the ink appears as a shade that resemble 72% dark chocolate, which matches the darker side of Beethoven’s personality.

De Atramentis Beethoven


Beethoven on regular 20 lb printer paper
Beethoven on Fabriano

Should you be interested…