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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ink Review - Diamine Sunshine!

This ink is the first yellow I have ever tried. I'll reserve my full opinion until I try all my yellow samples I just purchased.

For now, I LOVE this ink! It's a fabulous yellow color with great shading. I've always wanted a yellow ink, and for now, this is it. Again though, I have 5 +- other yellows I need to try before I get a full bottle... :)

Diamine Sunshine really looks like the sun. It's a bright yellow with orange undertones, and is actually not to hard to read. I agree, for a 15 page letter it might be a bad choice, but for quick notes, special cards, and doodling for fun - it's awesome!

Here is the type-version of my review as usual:

Ink Review: Dimaine Sunshine Yellow

Pen and nib: TWSBI Diamond 540 - B nib

Color: The sunshine! It's a really gorgeous yellow/orange with great shading.

Dry time: 15 - 20 seconds. Do note: The TWSBI B nibs are known to be extremely wet writers. I'll test this ink in another pen later and retry the dry-time...

Smear when dry: NO

Lubrication: Low/medium. This ink is very watery, which is not a bad thing to me. A watery ink means it will be easier to clean out during flushing.

Shading: Pretty good! Not massive amounts, but enough to add a lovely aspect to the ink.

Feathering: None, at least on any decent paper.

Bleedthrough: None at all! This ink seems very well-behaved in this respect.

Notes: I really love this ink! It's pretty well-behaved, and the color is fabulous! I love the shading too. Overall this ink really does look like the sunshine.I would highly recommend this ink to anyone who likes yellows and oranges!

Important notice! The color in this scan is NOT accurate.
The scan is just to show the written review. Please check out the images below for an accurate depiction of the true-color of this ink.

I believe the following pictures are pretty accurate to the color of this ink. I will say this: it looks even better in person. :)

Overall I really like this ink. I am currently keeping it in my TWSBI, since the pen is a demonstrator. This ink is very pretty in whatever it is contained in! I forgot to mention - This ink would work pretty decently as a highlighter ink. It's a little bit "shaded", and I would prefer a more straight up yellow for highlighting. But, it would work if you wanted it too. In short - I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good yellow with shading.

I hope you have enjoyed this review of this great ink. Please let me know what you think of it in the comment area. I would love to hear from you!

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777 - Tyler Dahl


  1. I hope one of those yellows is Apache Sunset. It actually shades back and forth between yellow and orange! It should really be used with a flex nib to get the most stunning performance out of this ink.  I don't believe there's anything out there (even in a different color) that puts on quite a show as this one does.

  2. I have a sample of the Private Reserve Buttercup, which I really like (and reminds me somewhat of the Diamine Sunshine).  Unfortunately, I cannot think of enough uses for it to purchase a full bottle and keep a pen inked with it.

    Like Karen, I have a bottle of Noodler's Apache Sunset and think it is a wonderfully shading ink.  To me though, it leans more towards orange than yellow.

  3. I can't remember if I got Apache Sunset or not. If I didn't, I'll have to grab a sample later on. Sounds really nice from the way you describe it!

  4. Yea, PR buttercup is up for review soon. I haven't tried it yet, but it's probably next. Problem is, I have no empty pens right now! :)

    Good problem to have I guess...