De Atramentis Pearlescent Inks


Here is half of the De Atramentis Pearlescent range. The range consists of ten colours – each colour has four metal finishes – Bronze, Silver, Gold and Copper. Here we have Cyan Blue, Brilliant Violet, Carnelian Red, Whiskey Brown and Amber Yellow and their compliment of metal finishes. Apart from one colour – Whiskey Brown Bronze which shows a hint of character, I found these inks boring and surprisingly unstable. Of crucial concern for handwriters is that all of these inks bleed – some very badly – even on Rhoda dot paper! But why so many metal finishes for a single colour? Copper and red for example, why bother, you can hardly see the shimmer? AND… once dry, the metal dust lifts off straight away at the slightest draught or touch! I don’t think that this was a very well thought out concept. If this was a rushed effort to jump on the Shimmer Ink band wagon, then these have failed… miserably.

NOW! De Atramentis Ebony or Apricot or Olive Green or Adular with a metal or metals would be worth getting excited about! De Atramentis are, without doubt, very good ink makers but these Pearlescents are VERY disappointing.

Both the Herbin 1670 range and The Diamine Shimmertastic range are far far better, more interesting, dynamic, beautiful and creative. In my honest opinion, if metallic inks are your thing, Diamine Shimmers are the best value on the market, and with the poor value of Sterling, what are you waiting for! Check out my Shimmer Ink reviews here and here>

All tests on Bockingford 200lb watercolour paper using a Desiderata Daedalus and a Noodler’s Ahab.

Many thanks to Amber Lea for the samples.

Just for the record – I do this for myself, I receive no remuneration what-so-ever and I tell it exactly how I see it.

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13 thoughts on “De Atramentis Pearlescent Inks

  1. … Utterly pointless effort from them. I agree…they have a lineup of fantastic shades that could have been much more interesting let alone unique with particular metalics. Oh an olive green with copper!!. I’m waiting for someone to come up with pearlescent inks that actually use pearly hues instead of just the metalics. Imagine a blue ink with violet pearl hues, or a red ink with flecks of pearlescent black…oh heck the reverse of that.

    Thank-you for another great review. 🙂

    • Pira, I really resented these inks. As you quite rightly say, they are utterly pointless! If only they had had the common sense to contact people like us before charging ahead, they could have had the Number 1 range of shimmer ink!?! Silly….

  2. I was enticed by the idea as I make my own shimmering ink with perfect pearl shimmers, but there is nothing exciting about these 😦 Too bad though! Oh well it does save me money! Thanks for the share Nick!

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  4. Thank you so much for these beautiful swatches! I love that you swatched them out on watercolor paper, and washed them out with water- super helpful for a watercolor artist like myself! Keep up the great work!

  5. After copious amounts of work, I pretty much came to the same conclusions. I do like the J. Herbin 1670 colors but since there are far fewer of them and they are released far less frequently, I don’t have to work as hard to keep up with them.

    • I’ve found that Diamine Shimmers are by far the easiest work with and they’re the prettiest colour range too.

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