Sunday, October 17, 2010

Diamine Pumpkin

 

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Diamine Pumpkin was another ink we chose for our October 2010 Ink Drop. It was our #1 pick for this month's drop....in fact, when we originally planned to do Halloween colors for October (then changed our minds), it was still a color we were going to use!


Not only does it have a fitting name, but it's really a fabulous ink. It puts you in such an Autumn mood, and performs really well. I must have a disclaimer, this ink is pretty close to impossible to get accurate on a computer screen!! I must have adjusted these images for 2 hours, but the laws of physics prevent you from seeing the depth and brightness of this particular color through a backlit screen. The scans are pretty close, but not nearly as mind-blowing as the real thing!




Not the most water resistant ink, for sure. But it's a gorgeous color, don't let the lack of water resistance stop you from using it!

Comparable Colors:
Diamine Blaze Orange
J. Herbin Orange Indien
Caran d'Ache Saffron
Noodler's Cayenne
Diamine Orange

Now, I don't want you to completely freak out, there is something going on with this ink that I want to bring to your attention. This ink is one that does tend to 'settle out'. What I mean by that is that some of the pigments (dyes, whatever they are, I don't know) that create this awesome color do tend to settle down to the bottom of the bottle. This happens with a variety of ink colors across virtually every ink brand. You just have to simply swirl the bottle around a bit before you ink up your pen to get the colorant back into suspension, and you're good to go. Here's a pick of some settling (in the top corner there):


Pros:
Good value ($12.50 for 80ml)
Amazing shading (much better than shows in pictures!)
Vibrant color
Wet writing, great performance
Well-tamed on absorbent paper

Cons:
Impossible to photograph accurately!!
Color not really suitable for daily use
Settling pigment might freak you out

I hear all the time from people about the wonderful orange colors like Pumpkin that they 'wish they had a use for it because it's such a great color'. I feel the same way. It's an awesome color, but how often can you really use a bright orange ink? In Autumn you can!! It's a great fall color, so enjoy it while the season lasts. You likely won't be using this color past Thanksgiving....or maybe you just might!

Diamine Pumpkin is available in 2ml ink samples for $1.25 and 80ml bottles for $12.75 from GouletPens.com.

***I do make my living from selling ink like Diamine, so take that into account for this review. Though my main purpose for the review is not to sell ink, I'd be lying if I said I don't hope for it as a consequence! I'm not paid at all to blog, so this review is a labor of love for me. I hope you enjoyed it.

13 comments:

  1. I've loved the color since I got a bottle last year! My main complaint is that it gets crusty around the nibs of the pens I have used it in if it sits for more than a few days.

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  2. You're right, Suzanne, I forgot to mention this. There are several inks that do this, Pumpkin being one of them. It's not bad if you use the ink fairly regularly, but you probably won't want to ink it up and pick it up a few weeks later, yikes! ;)

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  3. Just a thought - you might try a couple of different pens with the inks if you have the time. That 1.5 italic would probably make yesterday's coffee look attractive, and my experience with a narrower nib was the Pumpkin was very two-dimensional next to Cd'A Saffron. Just my opinion of course...

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  4. Yeah, I've thought about adding other pens. Of course, each blog is taking about 4-5 hours as it is, adding more pens just means that much more time. I'll think about it though....

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  5. I second SheilaM's observation. I've found the color of some inks can change dramatically going from a stub or broad to a medium or fine nib.

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  6. I absolutely adore this color and have no problem using it almost daily, but I just can't stand the crusting. It has justnwrecked the ink for me. I've never had a problem like this with any other brand.

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  7. Has the crusting been that bad for you? I get it on my pens but it wipes off easily and doesn't cause me too much fuss.

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  8. I absolutely adore this color and have no problem using it almost daily, but I just can't stand the crusting. It has justnwrecked the ink for me. I've never had a problem like this with any other brand.

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  9. I second SheilaM's observation. I've found the color of some inks can change dramatically going from a stub or broad to a medium or fine nib.

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  10. Just a thought - you might try a couple of different pens with the inks if you have the time. That 1.5 italic would probably make yesterday's coffee look attractive, and my experience with a narrower nib was the Pumpkin was very two-dimensional next to Cd'A Saffron. Just my opinion of course...

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  11. You're right, Suzanne, I forgot to mention this. There are several inks that do this, Pumpkin being one of them. It's not bad if you use the ink fairly regularly, but you probably won't want to ink it up and pick it up a few weeks later, yikes! ;)

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  12. The crusting is gross, but the color is my favorite for editing students' work. They don't miss a thing and it manages to still look cheery.

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  13. Yeah, I'm not loving the crusting either, it's the biggest drawback to the ink. But, it's not harmful or anything to the pen, it just needs to be wiped from the nib every so often. It is a nice color! It's one of the few truly 'usable' oranges.

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