Diamine Fountain Pen Ink Colour Wheel

I have been trying to get a colour wheel completed for a while – just to demonstrate that for the ultimate art journal palette you don’t need every colour of ink available – you can travel the world with a limited palette for both your writing and illustration purposes. I also wanted to show how compliant and easy to use fountain pen inks are for creative purposes – other than handwriting.

I took 3 Diamine colours: Special Yellow, Scarlet and Turquoise and carefully worked my way around the wheel. What I wanted to demonstrate is how similar fountain pen inks are to watercolour inks in terms of colour mixing – while still retaining their chromatic, shading and sheening qualities. ALL of these colours are from mixing 2 colours together! And if I wanted to create ochre variants, all I have to do is carefully mix the 3 colours together! You don’t use much ink. Literally a drop at a time. The colours are still vibrant with no cloudy sediment and we still have that wonderful and unique reaction with bleach. I haven’t shown it here, but adding various amounts of black ink will also add to the tonal values and ochre creation. Give it a try?

If you’d like to know more about this and what I’m doing with fountain pen inks, please take a look at the Mission Statement.

Artwork and test on Bockingford 200lb watercolour paper using a watercolour brush and dip pen with titanium zebra G flex nib. Inks kindly donated by Diamine.

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.

PS – I will shortly be swatch testing the complete range of Krishna inks! Just saying!


6 thoughts on “Diamine Fountain Pen Ink Colour Wheel

    • Good question. I think it’s Diamine Yellow as the swatches match almost perfectly. Ignore the word ‘Special’ – I didn’t write the label.

  1. I have recently discover the beauty of fountain pen ink . I previously paint with watercolour. What do you think about mixing this 2 mediums together. Also , does fountain pen ink fades easier in comparison with watercolour? Thank you for your blog , I to hope that ink gets recognised as a painting medium too.

    • Hi Yap. I’m a purist. I will only use ink and bleach. But there are plenty of artist who mix fountain pen inks with other mediums.

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