A Tale of Two Diamines + a Sale on Diamine Inks
Happy Friday! As always, we've been bustling here, and a few new products have been trickling through onto the website and in the shop. Caleb has learned how to climb onto chairs and then onto the kitchen table, so Jon has been hiding all of our chairs during the day. He's basically smarter than the dog, now. I read that really intelligent dogs are a match for 2-3 year olds, but I think it's official that our dog is not the sharpest extra fine point in the pen roll. He's like a broad/double-broad.
I wanted to share a few snaps of some beautiful Diamine inks. This is all because:
- We're looking ahead to the next few weeks as potentially halting the shipping of Diamine because of cold weather.
- We got a new shipment of Diamine and there's lots of great stuff in it.
The second is one of the 150th Anniversary inks - Terracotta.
These are two very, very similar inks! I love brown inks, so I'm all about the slight differences in shades, but these two are gorgeous browns. Both are amazing shaders, which is probably one of the most important qualities for me, along with both having good flow. Neither of them are waterproof, and I do find that Ancient Copper gets a bit unfriendly if you leave it in your pen for too long. I haven't had any problems with that long-term, as it cleans out pretty well, but I wouldn't leave Ancient Copper in a pen that you think you might not be using for a while. I must say though, if you're not a real brown person, I highly suspect just one of these two may do for you. If it came down to a desert island, I waffle back and forth, and sometimes I think I might go with the Ancient Copper because it's that rich, warm, sultry kind of ink, but then Terracotta has that really earthy brown thing going. I also really like J. Herbin Lie de the, which is a bit more of the grey brown, also very nice. If you've followed along with our shop here in Canada in the past, you'll know that we've run into some problems shipping Diamine in the winter. With other bottles, depending on the weather, we can siphon out a bit of the ink, and include it in a sample vial with your bottle, so in case of freezing temperatures, any expansion has room to go without breaking the cap or the bottle. However, we've found that Diamine just doesn't do as well shipping in the winter, and we've had a larger number of broken Diamine bottles than all of our other brands combined. We're hoping to get another shipment of Diamine before winter comes. Our distributor will definitely be holding off, as they have to ship much larger and heavier boxes filled with ink that have a reduced chance of survival, but I mentioned before that it seems like Diamine has changed its bottles, so they may be stronger when we can pack them up singly. We typically wait until we get a few broken ones before we stop shipping them, so who knows - maybe we'll end up shipping all winter! As well if you've been following us for any length of time, you know we don't normally do this, but to celebrate the coming of winter and Christmas and eggnog and the hibernation of Diamine inks, we're having a sale! 10% off all Diamine bottled inks & samples. From now until midnight, Friday, November 20th, EST, receive 10% off with the code DANCINGDIAMINE online, and you can also get 10% off in the shop. We're in stock of all inks now, but if we do run out, unfortunately there are no rain checks. (The 150th Anniversary inks are $15, and also eligible for the 10% sale. Unfortunately, since we ordered so few bottles of these, we don't have samples available for them.)