Tasmania's Own Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Ink is Tasmania's only fountain pen ink company. We design, make, bottle and label our inks by hand in micro-batch processes using at least 90% Australian Ingredients and Pure Tasmanian Mountain Spring Water. All our dyes and ingredients are non-toxic, vegan and environmentally friendly. Our fountain pen inks are unique in design and high in quality. Our inks are smooth flowing with little to no feather or bleedthrough, and a wide range of saturation and hue. Van Dieman's has been making inks since 2016 that are suitable for all major brands of fountain pens, as well as dip pens and brushwork.

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Our Newest Collection
TASMANIA

This collection of fourteen fountain pen inks includes ten recreations from our original colours of Tasmania range, and four new shimmering inks, with an aim to delight artists and fountain pen ink lovers alike.

This collection, its artwork and its inspiration, pays homage to Tasmania.

Tasmania Collection

of Fountain Pen Inks
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Snowy Mountain Sunset - Shimmering Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Snowy Mountain Sunset - Shimmering Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Snowy Mountain Sunset - Shimmering Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Snowy Mountain Sunset - Shimmering Ink

Van Dieman's Tasmania - Snowy Mountain Sunset - Shimmering Ink

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Snowy Mountain Sunset

30ml Shimmering Ink

Tasmania is amass with snow-capped peaks and icy plateaus, from the iconic Cradle Mountain, Hobart's own Mount Wellington and our favourite Launceston ski spot, Ben Lomond. This ink is inspired by the gorgeous pink and blue hues and shimmering scattered light at sunset from atop these snowy mountains. This ink is a soft pinky mauve, with grey shading, blue accents and a dusky pink shimmer.

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Van Dieman's Tasmania - Queenstown Gold Mine - Shimmering Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Queenstown Gold Mine - Shimmering Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Queenstown Gold Mine - Shimmering Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Queenstown Gold Mine - Shimmering Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Queenstown Gold Mine - Shimmering Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Queenstown Gold Mine - Shimmering Ink

Van Dieman's Tasmania - Queenstown Gold Mine - Shimmering Ink

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Queenstown Gold Mine

30ml Shimmering Ink

This Shimmer ink was inspired by the abandoned mining caves and mountains that encroach Queenstown. They are brilliant in rich terracotta red with yellow and cream tones with the added lustre of gold shimmer to the ink.

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Van Dieman's Tasmania - Icy Great Lake - Shimmering Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Icy Great Lake - Shimmering Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Icy Great Lake - Shimmering Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Icy Great Lake - Shimmering Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Icy Great Lake - Shimmering Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Icy Great Lake - Shimmering Ink

Van Dieman's Tasmania - Icy Great Lake - Shimmering Ink

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Icy Great Lake

30ml Shimmering Ink

This ink is a wet shimmer. A lovely icy blue shader that is perfect for dip pen and brush work inspired by Tasmania's Great lake throughout winter where there is plenty of snow.

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Van Dieman's Tasmania - Leatherwood Honey - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Leatherwood Honey - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Leatherwood Honey - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Leatherwood Honey - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Leatherwood Honey - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Leatherwood Honey - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Tasmania - Leatherwood Honey - Fountain Pen Ink

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Leatherwood Honey

30ml Fountain pen Ink

Leatherwood Honey Amber was always a top seller. This beautiful honey brown shading ink is inspired by the delicious honey unique to Tasmania.

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Van Dieman's Tasmania - Bass Strait - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Bass Strait - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Bass Strait - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Bass Strait - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Bass Strait - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Bass Strait - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Bass Strait - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Tasmania - Bass Strait - Fountain Pen Ink

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Bass Strait

30ml Fountain Pen Ink

One of our best sellers from the original series, this reformulation has changed very little at all. A true cobalt blue, with good shading and some minor red sheening on good paper, Bass Strait is named after the stormy seas that separate Tasmania from mainland Australia. A good all-rounder ink for everyday use.

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Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tamar Wine Red - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tamar Wine Red - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tamar Wine Red - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tamar Wine Red - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tamar Wine Red - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tamar Wine Red - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tamar Wine Red - Fountain Pen Ink

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Tamar Wine Red

30ml Fountain Pen Ink

This ink is reformulation of the original series with a vamped up luxurious feel to give a depth and integrity to the true wine color that you get from Tasmania's Pinot Noir its renowned for.

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Van Dieman's Tasmania - Bay Of Fires - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Bay Of Fires - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Bay Of Fires - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Bay Of Fires - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Bay Of Fires - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Bay Of Fires - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Tasmania - Bay Of Fires - Fountain Pen Ink

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Bay of Fires

30ml Fountain Pen Ink

This ink was inspired by the beautiful red rocks that cover the north eastern shores of Tasmania. Being much darker than the original ink to resemble the sunrise over the eastern shores. This Ink is a rich resemblances to mahogany with a green sheen.

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Van Dieman's Tasmania - Cradle Mountain - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Cradle Mountain - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Cradle Mountain - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Cradle Mountain - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Cradle Mountain - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Cradle Mountain - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Tasmania - Cradle Mountain - Fountain Pen Ink

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Cradle Mountain

30ml Fountain pen Ink

This ink is a wet ink. This shade is a very versatile rich grey with mottled tones of purple  inspired by Tasmania's famous Tourist location Cradle Mountain.

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Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tasmanian Devil- Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tasmanian Devil- Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tasmanian Devil- Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tasmanian Devil- Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tasmanian Devil- Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tasmanian Devil- Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tasmanian Devil- Fountain Pen Ink

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Tasmanian Devil

30ml Fountain Pen Ink

One of the first inks created in the series, Tasmanian Devil is a natural black with tones of brown that is a well rounded shading ink. It is quite wet and flows exceptionally.

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Van Dieman's Tasmania - Autumn Morning - Shimmering Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Autumn Morning - Shimmering Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Autumn Morning - Shimmering Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Autumn Morning - Shimmering Ink

Van Dieman's Tasmania - Autumn Morning - Shimmering Ink

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Autumn Morning

30ml Shimmering Ink

Tasmania is spotted with deciduous trees; oaks, maples, elms, crab apples and our very own native Fagus, or deciduous beech. In the Autumn months, forest floors, sidewalks and paths are littered with fallen leaves and the morning frost makes a beautiful display of them all. This shimmering ink is a light amber brown with a heavy dose of golden shimmer.

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Van Dieman's Tasmania - Styx Valley - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Styx Valley - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Styx Valley - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Styx Valley - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Styx Valley - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Styx Valley - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Tasmania - Styx Valley - Fountain Pen Ink

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Styx Valley

30ml Fountain Pen Ink

Styx Valley is a deep, dark green ink, with a moss and foliage hue. The Styx River Valley, in south central Tasmania, is an old growth forest, often named The Valley of the Giants, as it is home to Australia's tallest trees and the tallest flowering trees in the world. The sense of ancient reverence that this hallowed place instils is the inspiration for this arboreal ink. 

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Van Dieman's Tasmania - Oak Wood - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Oak Wood - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Oak Wood - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Oak Wood - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Oak Wood - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Oak Wood - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Tasmania - Oak Wood - Fountain Pen Ink

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Oak Wood

30ml Fountain Pen Ink

Oakwood is a warm, dark brown ink with mahogany notes, merging on black in heavy flowing pens. This ink is inspired by the plethora of deciduous trees planted in Tasmania's Victorian pleasure gardens and all over the city streets and parks. These still decorate the city streets each Autumn with rich reds, golden yellows and luscious browns. 

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Van Dieman's Tasmania - Wattle - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Wattle - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Wattle - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Wattle - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Wattle - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Tasmania - Wattle - Fountain Pen Ink

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Wattle

30ml Fountain pen Ink

Wattle is a bright but warm yellow, inspired by the blooming of the beautiful wattle flowers that cover the Australian landscape in the late winter and early spring each year.

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Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tasmanian Pink Robin - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tasmanian Pink Robin - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tasmanian Pink Robin - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tasmanian Pink Robin - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Tasmania - Tasmanian Pink Robin - Fountain Pen Ink

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Tasmanian Pink Robin

30ml Fountain Pen Ink

We have kept this ink, a popular one from our original series, exactly the same, halfway between a hot pink and magenta. This ink is named after the Pink Breasted Robin of Australia's Southern Regions.

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Van Dieman's Newest Collection
Night

We have discontinued the older "Midnight" Series, and refocused on the night itself as a source of inspiration. We have reformulated and massively improved three of the most popular inks from the original Midnight series, but also created 13 new inks, all of which are exciting innovations.

Van Dieman's Night - Aurora Australis - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Night - Aurora Australis - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Night - Aurora Australis - Fountain Pen Ink

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Aurora Australis

Fountain Pen Ink

Aurora Australis is a spectacularly vibrant ink that replicates the dancing green and purple ominous glows that swirl in the sky when the southern hemisphere is lit up by the highly charged particles fired at us from the sun during a Coronal Mass Ejection. The combination of pink-purple, dark magenta-black, and bright green are a result of the high saturation of two dyes that combine to create these effects in the ink. The true colour of the ink is the light pinky tone, but this is accompanied by the darker tone in heavy writing, and the bright green sheen on good quality fountain pen friendly paper.

Ink Data

Surface Tension: 47.3mN/m


What is this?Surface Tension affects the flow of an ink through a pen, and how quickly it is absorbed into paper. Ink with a high surface tension generally flows and dries slowly, while a low surface tension causes faster flow and dry time, but can cause ink to gush, and also feather or bleed. Water has a surface tenstion of 72mN/m. Most inks are in the range of 40-60mN/m



pH: Data Coming Soon


What is this?The pH of an ink defines it's alkalinity or acidity. The pH is important for the dye in the ink to achieve the correct colour. Inks with a pH between 6.5 and 8.5 are generally neutral and safe to use in all pens.



Saturation: Very High


What is this?The saturation of an ink is the percentage of pure dye content in the mix. Generally but not always, higher saturation increases sheening and decreases shading, while also improving flow wetness but causing slower drying time. Very light inks can have as little as 2% dye content, while extremely saturated inks have upwards of 20%.



Sheen: Very High


What is this?The sheen of an ink is the secondary, often shiny colour that appears when the ink is swatched heavily or pools in script. The sheen colour depends on the specific dyes in the ink, while the intensity depends on the saturation of dye. Some inks will never sheen, while some will sheen on almost any paper in any amount.



Shading: Very Low


What is this?Shading is an ink's ability to create a range of different tones, from light to dark, depending on how heavily it wets the page. Generally but not always, inks with a lower saturation of dye are more effective at producing shading effects, but the kind of dye used also impacts this.



Shimmer: None


What is this?Shimmer is a pigment added to inks to create a sparkly effect. There are a wide variety of shimmer forms and colours, each with its own qualities. Most inks contain no shimmer, and those that do can contain shimmer in differing quantities. Highly shimmered inks do carry the potential of clogging pens, especially ones with finer nibs. Van Dieman's only uses extremely high quality shimmer pigments that lower (but do not completely remove) the risk of this.



Flow Wetness: Wet


What is this?This, quite simply put, is how well an ink flows through a pen, but also dictates how quickly an ink will seep into a page. Flow is affected by both the surface tension and saturation of an ink, but also by other additives such as humectants and surfactants. Inks with a high flow wetness can sometimes, but not always, feather and bleed more than other.


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Aurora Australis performs very well in all nib sizes, but has a great amount of variation in hue and tone depending on the pen and paper combination. Finer, drier pens will produce the lighter, pinky tone more effectively, especially on paper types that allow ink to dry faster, while wetter writing pens and those with broader nibs will bring out more of the darker tones, as well as more of the bright green sheen, especially when combined with higher quality, less absorbent paper such as Tomoe River or Midori. We found a combination of a Medium nib pen on Bloc Rhodia or a fine nib pen on Tomoe River produced writing that brought out both tones, and some noticeable sheening.

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Van Dieman's Night - Blackened Seas - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Night - Blackened Seas - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Night - Blackened Seas - Fountain Pen Ink

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Blackened Seas

Fountain Pen Ink

A reformulation of our original "Blackened Seas" from the now discontinued Midnight Series. This ink has all the same tone and hue of the original, but is now higher in saturation and contains a heavy red sheen on top of the very dark blue-black teal.

Ink Data

Surface Tension: 44.3mN/m


What is this?Surface Tension affects the flow of an ink through a pen, and how quickly it is absorbed into paper. Ink with a high surface tension generally flows and dries slowly, while a low surface tension causes faster flow and dry time, but can cause ink to gush, and also feather or bleed. Water has a surface tenstion of 72mN/m. Most inks are in the range of 40-60mN/m



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What is this?The pH of an ink defines it's alkalinity or acidity. The pH is important for the dye in the ink to achieve the correct colour. Inks with a pH between 6.5 and 8.5 are generally neutral and safe to use in all pens.



Saturation: High


What is this?The saturation of an ink is the percentage of pure dye content in the mix. Generally but not always, higher saturation increases sheening and decreases shading, while also improving flow wetness but causing slower drying time. Very light inks can have as little as 2% dye content, while extremely saturated inks have upwards of 20%.



Sheen: High


What is this?The sheen of an ink is the secondary, often shiny colour that appears when the ink is swatched heavily or pools in script. The sheen colour depends on the specific dyes in the ink, while the intensity depends on the saturation of dye. Some inks will never sheen, while some will sheen on almost any paper in any amount.



Shading: Low


What is this?Shading is an ink's ability to create a range of different tones, from light to dark, depending on how heavily it wets the page. Generally but not always, inks with a lower saturation of dye are more effective at producing shading effects, but the kind of dye used also impacts this.



Shimmer: None


What is this?Shimmer is a pigment added to inks to create a sparkly effect. There are a wide variety of shimmer forms and colours, each with its own qualities. Most inks contain no shimmer, and those that do can contain shimmer in differing quantities. Highly shimmered inks do carry the potential of clogging pens, especially ones with finer nibs. Van Dieman's only uses extremely high quality shimmer pigments that lower (but do not completely remove) the risk of this.



Flow Wetness: Wet


What is this?This, quite simply put, is how well an ink flows through a pen, but also dictates how quickly an ink will seep into a page. Flow is affected by both the surface tension and saturation of an ink, but also by other additives such as humectants and surfactants. Inks with a high flow wetness can sometimes, but not always, feather and bleed more than other.


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Van Dieman's Night - Bonfire Night - Shimmering Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Night - Bonfire Night - Shimmering Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Night - Bonfire Night - Shimmering Fountain Pen Ink

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Bonfire Night

Shimmering Fountain Pen Ink

Bonfire Night was originally a hugely popular ink in Van Dieman's now discontinued Midnight Series. It has now been reformulated with a whole new feel. Both the original and the reformulation are fiery red-orange inks with a gold shimmer, but this one differs in having a higher saturation of dye, a higher quality gold shimmer that produces a more attractive effect, and a golden sheen that works alongside the shimmer to produce a truly fiery ink.

Ink Data

Surface Tension: 48.4mN/m


What is this?Surface Tension affects the flow of an ink through a pen, and how quickly it is absorbed into paper. Ink with a high surface tension generally flows and dries slowly, while a low surface tension causes faster flow and dry time, but can cause ink to gush, and also feather or bleed. Water has a surface tenstion of 72mN/m. Most inks are in the range of 40-60mN/m



pH: Data Coming Soon


What is this?The pH of an ink defines it's alkalinity or acidity. The pH is important for the dye in the ink to achieve the correct colour. Inks with a pH between 6.5 and 8.5 are generally neutral and safe to use in all pens.



Saturation: High


What is this?The saturation of an ink is the percentage of pure dye content in the mix. Generally but not always, higher saturation increases sheening and decreases shading, while also improving flow wetness but causing slower drying time. Very light inks can have as little as 2% dye content, while extremely saturated inks have upwards of 20%.



Sheen: Moderate


What is this?The sheen of an ink is the secondary, often shiny colour that appears when the ink is swatched heavily or pools in script. The sheen colour depends on the specific dyes in the ink, while the intensity depends on the saturation of dye. Some inks will never sheen, while some will sheen on almost any paper in any amount.



Shading: Low


What is this?Shading is an ink's ability to create a range of different tones, from light to dark, depending on how heavily it wets the page. Generally but not always, inks with a lower saturation of dye are more effective at producing shading effects, but the kind of dye used also impacts this.



Shimmer: Moderate to High


What is this?Shimmer is a pigment added to inks to create a sparkly effect. There are a wide variety of shimmer forms and colours, each with its own qualities. Most inks contain no shimmer, and those that do can contain shimmer in differing quantities. Highly shimmered inks do carry the potential of clogging pens, especially ones with finer nibs. Van Dieman's only uses extremely high quality shimmer pigments that lower (but do not completely remove) the risk of this.



Flow Wetness: Moderate


What is this?This, quite simply put, is how well an ink flows through a pen, but also dictates how quickly an ink will seep into a page. Flow is affected by both the surface tension and saturation of an ink, but also by other additives such as humectants and surfactants. Inks with a high flow wetness can sometimes, but not always, feather and bleed more than other.


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Van Dieman's Night - Cherry Blossom Dream - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Night - Cherry Blossom Dream - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Night - Cherry Blossom Dream - Fountain Pen Ink

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Cherry Blossom Dream

Fountain Pen Ink

Cherry Blossom Dream is a soft shading pastel pink that inspired by a cool spring nighttime breeze, gently shaking loose the blossoms from a cherry tree, from within the deep sleep of a dream. Cherry Blossom Dream is one of Van Dieman's extremely low saturation inks, producing some amazing shading. This extraordinarily light pink shades from almost nothing to a blushing, but still light tone. Cherry Blossom Dream also has a fairly low surface tension, which allows it to flow moderately wetly, despite its low saturation.

Ink Data

Surface Tension: 38.1mN/m


What is this?Surface Tension affects the flow of an ink through a pen, and how quickly it is absorbed into paper. Ink with a high surface tension generally flows and dries slowly, while a low surface tension causes faster flow and dry time, but can cause ink to gush, and also feather or bleed. Water has a surface tenstion of 72mN/m. Most inks are in the range of 40-60mN/m



pH: Data Coming Soon


What is this?The pH of an ink defines it's alkalinity or acidity. The pH is important for the dye in the ink to achieve the correct colour. Inks with a pH between 6.5 and 8.5 are generally neutral and safe to use in all pens.



Saturation: Very Low


What is this?The saturation of an ink is the percentage of pure dye content in the mix. Generally but not always, higher saturation increases sheening and decreases shading, while also improving flow wetness but causing slower drying time. Very light inks can have as little as 2% dye content, while extremely saturated inks have upwards of 20%.



Sheen: None


What is this?The sheen of an ink is the secondary, often shiny colour that appears when the ink is swatched heavily or pools in script. The sheen colour depends on the specific dyes in the ink, while the intensity depends on the saturation of dye. Some inks will never sheen, while some will sheen on almost any paper in any amount.



Shading: Very High


What is this?Shading is an ink's ability to create a range of different tones, from light to dark, depending on how heavily it wets the page. Generally but not always, inks with a lower saturation of dye are more effective at producing shading effects, but the kind of dye used also impacts this.



Shimmer: None


What is this?Shimmer is a pigment added to inks to create a sparkly effect. There are a wide variety of shimmer forms and colours, each with its own qualities. Most inks contain no shimmer, and those that do can contain shimmer in differing quantities. Highly shimmered inks do carry the potential of clogging pens, especially ones with finer nibs. Van Dieman's only uses extremely high quality shimmer pigments that lower (but do not completely remove) the risk of this.



Flow Wetness: Moderate


What is this?This, quite simply put, is how well an ink flows through a pen, but also dictates how quickly an ink will seep into a page. Flow is affected by both the surface tension and saturation of an ink, but also by other additives such as humectants and surfactants. Inks with a high flow wetness can sometimes, but not always, feather and bleed more than other.


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Van Dieman's Night - Dawn - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Night - Dawn - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Night - Dawn - Fountain Pen Ink

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Dawn

Fountain Pen Ink

Dawn is inspired and highly representational of the last lingering moments of night, just before the sun bursts triumphantly over the horizon, when refracted and reflected light bounce and dance blindingly on the clouds and sky. Dawn is a supersaturated ink with a bright, hot pink undertone, almost overpowered by a golden sheen that mottles and blends with the pink underneath to create an array of orange hues, much like the sky at dawn.

Ink Data

Surface Tension: 46.7mN/m


What is this?Surface Tension affects the flow of an ink through a pen, and how quickly it is absorbed into paper. Ink with a high surface tension generally flows and dries slowly, while a low surface tension causes faster flow and dry time, but can cause ink to gush, and also feather or bleed. Water has a surface tenstion of 72mN/m. Most inks are in the range of 40-60mN/m



pH: Data Coming Soon


What is this?The pH of an ink defines it's alkalinity or acidity. The pH is important for the dye in the ink to achieve the correct colour. Inks with a pH between 6.5 and 8.5 are generally neutral and safe to use in all pens.



Saturation: Extreme


What is this?The saturation of an ink is the percentage of pure dye content in the mix. Generally but not always, higher saturation increases sheening and decreases shading, while also improving flow wetness but causing slower drying time. Very light inks can have as little as 2% dye content, while extremely saturated inks have upwards of 20%.



Sheen: High


What is this?The sheen of an ink is the secondary, often shiny colour that appears when the ink is swatched heavily or pools in script. The sheen colour depends on the specific dyes in the ink, while the intensity depends on the saturation of dye. Some inks will never sheen, while some will sheen on almost any paper in any amount.



Shading: Low


What is this?Shading is an ink's ability to create a range of different tones, from light to dark, depending on how heavily it wets the page. Generally but not always, inks with a lower saturation of dye are more effective at producing shading effects, but the kind of dye used also impacts this.



Shimmer: None


What is this?Shimmer is a pigment added to inks to create a sparkly effect. There are a wide variety of shimmer forms and colours, each with its own qualities. Most inks contain no shimmer, and those that do can contain shimmer in differing quantities. Highly shimmered inks do carry the potential of clogging pens, especially ones with finer nibs. Van Dieman's only uses extremely high quality shimmer pigments that lower (but do not completely remove) the risk of this.



Flow Wetness: Moderate


What is this?This, quite simply put, is how well an ink flows through a pen, but also dictates how quickly an ink will seep into a page. Flow is affected by both the surface tension and saturation of an ink, but also by other additives such as humectants and surfactants. Inks with a high flow wetness can sometimes, but not always, feather and bleed more than other.


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Van Dieman's Night - Dusk - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Night - Dusk - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Night - Dusk - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Night - Dusk - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Night - Dusk - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Night - Dusk - Fountain Pen Ink

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Dusk

Fountain Pen Ink

A light shading ink representing the shadow of the sun going down. This is Van Dieman's least saturated ink, and our lightest every grey to date. Dusk has subtle hints of purply blue, like the sky after sunset, and with some amazing shading. Dusk still flowing fairly wetly due to a low surface tension and slightly higher viscosity, despite the low dye content.

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Van Dieman's Night - Enchanted Woods - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Night - Enchanted Woods - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Night - Enchanted Woods - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Night - Enchanted Woods - Fountain Pen Ink

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Enchanted Woods

Recreated and Back by popular demand

Shimmering Fountain Pen Ink

Enchanted Woods is back by popular demand. Originally in our popular Midnight Series, from 2018, Enchanted woods is a single release of 2022 from Van Dieman's Ink in the Night Collection.

Enchanted woods is a dark and verdant green, with an earthy red sheen, illuminated by a silvery shimmer, suggestive of moonlight scattering on autumnal frost on the Tasmanian rainforest floor.

 

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Van Dieman's Night - Golden Orb Web - Shimmering Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Night - Golden Orb Web - Shimmering Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Night - Golden Orb Web - Shimmering Fountain Pen Ink

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Golden Orb Web

Shimmering Fountain Pen Ink

Golden Orb Web is a light sun yellow ink with gold solar shimmer. This ink resembles the incredible web of the Golden Orb Spider. Golden orb webs are massive to behold, with a shimmering yellow colour. The silken fibers of these webs are so soft, yet so strong, that they are the only spider thread ever used to make textiles for humans. A single garment was made, stronger than Kevlar, yet softer than silk, from over a million collections of thread from Golden Orb weaving spiders. And not a single spider was hurt in its making. This ink shades incredibly well from the faintest yellow to almost orange, and has a high quality golden shimmer not previously used in ink, that creates a perfectly even distribution of shimmer throughout, while also holding well to the page.

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Van Dieman's Night - Midnight - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Night - Midnight - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Night - Midnight - Fountain Pen Ink

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Midnight

Fountain Pen Ink

Midnight is Van Dieman's "Blackest Blue". This highly saturated ink is blacker than both Hanging Lake and Pepperberry, but bluer than both Devil Black and Abyss. With minimal shading and a faint hint of a black-red sheen in just the right conditions, Midnight is a smooth-flowing ink, dark as darkest night and perfect for the everyday writer.

Ink Data

Surface Tension: 41.5mN/m


What is this?Surface Tension affects the flow of an ink through a pen, and how quickly it is absorbed into paper. Ink with a high surface tension generally flows and dries slowly, while a low surface tension causes faster flow and dry time, but can cause ink to gush, and also feather or bleed. Water has a surface tenstion of 72mN/m. Most inks are in the range of 40-60mN/m



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What is this?The pH of an ink defines it's alkalinity or acidity. The pH is important for the dye in the ink to achieve the correct colour. Inks with a pH between 6.5 and 8.5 are generally neutral and safe to use in all pens.



Saturation: High


What is this?The saturation of an ink is the percentage of pure dye content in the mix. Generally but not always, higher saturation increases sheening and decreases shading, while also improving flow wetness but causing slower drying time. Very light inks can have as little as 2% dye content, while extremely saturated inks have upwards of 20%.



Sheen: Low


What is this?The sheen of an ink is the secondary, often shiny colour that appears when the ink is swatched heavily or pools in script. The sheen colour depends on the specific dyes in the ink, while the intensity depends on the saturation of dye. Some inks will never sheen, while some will sheen on almost any paper in any amount.



Shading: Low


What is this?Shading is an ink's ability to create a range of different tones, from light to dark, depending on how heavily it wets the page. Generally but not always, inks with a lower saturation of dye are more effective at producing shading effects, but the kind of dye used also impacts this.



Shimmer: None


What is this?Shimmer is a pigment added to inks to create a sparkly effect. There are a wide variety of shimmer forms and colours, each with its own qualities. Most inks contain no shimmer, and those that do can contain shimmer in differing quantities. Highly shimmered inks do carry the potential of clogging pens, especially ones with finer nibs. Van Dieman's only uses extremely high quality shimmer pigments that lower (but do not completely remove) the risk of this.



Flow Wetness: Wet


What is this?This, quite simply put, is how well an ink flows through a pen, but also dictates how quickly an ink will seep into a page. Flow is affected by both the surface tension and saturation of an ink, but also by other additives such as humectants and surfactants. Inks with a high flow wetness can sometimes, but not always, feather and bleed more than other.


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Van Dieman's Night - Moon Flower - Fountain Pen Ink
Van Dieman's Night - Moon Flower - Fountain Pen Ink

Van Dieman's Night - Moon Flower - Fountain Pen Ink

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