Ink Review #401: Diamine Flowers Bougainvillea


Today's ink is Diamine Bougainvillea, from the Diamine Flowers Set (set of 10 inks), Cult Pens sells the bottles individually. The ink comes in 30ml bottles.



I actually had no idea what a Bougainvillea flower looked like, so here's a picture of the flower. The ink actually matches the color pretty well.


The color:

Bougainvillea is a bright fuchsia, somewhere in-between pink and purple. I think this one leans a bit more purple than pink.



In large swabs there is a little bit of green sheen. 


Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was a bit of feathering on Rhodia.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-medium

Other properties: no shadinglow sheen, and no shimmer

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Colorverse Einstein Ring, Diamine Bougainvillea, and PenBBS 137 Wisteria SinensisClick here to see the Diamine inks together. 

I wanted to compare some pinks as well, so here's Monteverde Garnet, Callifolio Andrinople, and Waterman Radiant Pink. Radiant Pink is probably the closest to Bougainvillea. Click here to see the purple inks together.

Longer writing:

I used a medium Pilot Vanishing Point Galaxy on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly wet flow.

I used a medium Pilot Vanishing Point Galaxy on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly wet flow.

Overall, I really like the color of this ink, but there was more feathering and bleeding than I like.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.