Diamine Shimmertastic – Golden Sands

Golden Sands is one of ten colours that form part of the Diamine Shimmertastic collection. Initially I had no intention of actually buying a full bottle of this colour. I mean after all, it’s yellow – and I already had two yellowish colours that have seen very little real world use. But then I got a sample…

Diamine Golden Sands

Diamine Golden Sands

This colour is the exact colour of a gold glitter gel pen. Not the metallic gel pens, the glitter ones. Granted, this is most probably not what most people envision their writing or formal documents to look like, but that’s what birthdays are for. 🙂

Diamine Golden Sands

Diamine Golden Sands

Even though I positively enjoy using this colour,  and I find the label and box pretty I am not fan of the bottle at all.

Diamine Golden Sands Box

Diamine Golden Sands Box

Diamine Golden Sands Box

Diamine Golden Sands Box

In fact I may even be willing to say I dislike it. The J.Herbin bottles are downright stunning though not very practical but this bottle is simply medicinal looking, with the addition of being impractical. (I know this is strange since I like to Rhorer & Klingner bottles just fine – and you could argue the look and feel of those isn’t all that different.)

Diamine Golden Sands Bottle

Diamine Golden Sands Bottle

Its a 50ml bottle and in my personal opinion I find the normal Diamine 80ml bottles much more appealing, and at least the Diamine 150 Anniversary bottle is interesting. The only thing I like about the bottle is that the cap matches the shimmer colour in the ink.

Diamine Golden Sands Bottle Opening

Diamine Golden Sands Bottle Opening

Then again, how important is the bottle, when the ink is pure gold right?

Diamine Golden Sands Shimmer

Diamine Golden Sands Shimmer

When looking at the page straight on, the shimmer isn’t that pronounced – the colour is more of a medium to dark yellow with highlights.

Writing Sample Full Page

Writing Sample Full Page

The minute you tilt the page it turns into over the top shimmery goodness.

Diamine Golden Sands Close Up

Diamine Golden Sands Close Up

As with all shimmer containing inks:

  • You always need to shake the bottle before filling.
  • While writing you need to routinely rotate the pen, and turn it upside down a few times to prevent the shimmer from settling.
  • Extra Fine and Fine nibs tend to give hard starts – stopped the flow completely in my EF nib. This type of ink is defiantly best used in M nibs and up.
  • Clean up requires a bit more dedication then normal. If you are hell bent on removing every single trace of shimmer then it requires commitment and a pen you can easily disassemble.
Writing Sample Top Close-Up

Writing Sample Top Close-Up

For me, none of the above is a deal breaker – and personally I like the bit of shimmer residue that finds its way onto the page from a new ink fill.

Writing Sample Bottom Close-Up

Writing Sample Bottom Close-Up

Water resistance is non-existent as expected, and the shading seems to show itself much better in the calligraphy letters, then in the actual shade swatch.

AU Close-Up

AU Close-Up

Golden Sands Shading

Golden Sands Shading

It’s just so sparkly. 🙂

Up close and personal.

Up close and personal.

This ink provides loads of entertainment if you start experimenting by mixing it with the normal Diamine ink range. You can really get some interesting and unique colours – just mix in small amounts and don’t cross contaminate your inks…

As always, this ink can be found here: Diamine Golden Sands

M

 

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Sailor Tokiwa-Matsu

I’m becoming a huge fan of sailor inks. They seem to have this perfect balance of unique colours with surprising sheen and excellent flow. At least that’s my experience with them. One the one hand they seem pricey when you just look at the packaging and bottle. I mean look at Pelikan Edelstein and Montegrappa bottles – they absolutely beautiful, and it kind of makes you feel a little better about the price. But at the same time, I have yet to come across a more functional and pleasant to use bottle. (You can read more about the bottle here: bottle overview)

overview

ink overview

So I got a sample of this colour and the only thing that adequately describes it, is the emoji with the heart eyes and pure, awesome weirdness. In the vial, and when you begin writing it looks like a dark forest green.

Close up top

Close up top

But as it dries it changes colour to a kind of dark olive green, and if using a wet nib develops a red sheen with borderline black shading.

Look at that sheen

Look at that sheen

In this case I had it already inked in my TWSBI EF so I went with that, but I think this ink will really outdo itself in my Jinhao. It is considerably darker then Rhorer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrun, and the few other yellow green inks I had. But Noodlers Sequinoa Green is a relatively good match – it is a touch darker though. Sequinoa Green also lacks the sheen, and doesn’t shade nearly as expressively.

Close up bottom

Close up bottom

And just look at the shading that’s possible with this colour…

Shading and Sheen

Shading and Sheen

The flow is excellent – i’m under the impression that it is a lubricated ink, but i’m not sure about this. Water resistance isn’t good, but then again that’s not really surprising.

Water resistance

Water resistance

Iv’e been entertaining myself this whole week with the colour change that happens as the ink dries. It really is a pleasure to use, and as an added bonus the cleanup is a breeze.

Ohhh and on a completely different but related topic… if any stationary lovers plan on going to Japan anytime soon – this store is insanely epic: Itoya

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