Hello fountain pen friends! Madigan here. I chose this week's Monday Matchup of a Noodler's Ahab in Carniolan Honey with Diamine Shimmertastic Golden Sands. I, like many members of the fountain pen community, couldn't wait to try the new shimmering Diamine inks. My favorite so far is Golden Sands, hands down. I love to accessorize with yellow (I've carried a variety of yellow purses over the past few years) but I've found that most yellow ink is difficult to read on paper. I was so excited to see an ink that is not only legible, but also sparkly and gorgeous!
From working with the J. Herbin 1670 anniversary inks, I knew that to get a lot of shimmer I was going to need to put down a lot of ink, which is why I chose the Noodler's Ahab. I chose Clairefontaine Triomphe A4 Tablet paper for that same reason, as it is quite ink resistant. I grabbed my brush pen, a q-tip, and a paint brush and got to work.
First, I drew a very light rough outline of the outside of the pineapple and then filled it in with criss-crossing lines with a pencil. Using the Ahab, I went over the inner lines. Since I didn't have a lot of experience with this ink, I decided to see how it would look spreading the ink out with a brush pen. I went over it and was disappointed with the results. While the yellow ink spread out, the gold shimmer was lost. I tried laying down more with the pen but got similar results. I shook the bottle up and dipped the water-filled brush pen directly in the ink and applied it. Finally, I could see some shimmer!
With the Ahab, I drew in the leaves and filled them with contrasting patterns. I really liked how it gave a textured look. I decided I wanted one bright gold leaf, so after shaking the bottle up I took the q-tip and dipped it directly into the ink. I filled in the top leaf and was excited to see how much it shimmered. I decided I wanted to add even more shimmer to the criss-crossing lines so I went over them again with the ink soaked q-tip, dipping it back in the ink as I went along. Finally, I saw the golden look I wanted for the pineapple.
I wrote the quote in pencil, changing up my fonts to make it look more interesting. I then went over the quote with the pen. I was disappointed to see some feathering when the pen really flexed. I took the paint brush and after shaking the bottle, dipped it in the ink. I flicked the ink across the paper to give that splatter affect.
I loved working with this pen, despite the feathering. It worked beautifully right out of the box and was able to show off what this ink is capable of. Noodler's pens in general give a fair amount of feedback which I really enjoy. However, it is not for everyone so keep that in mind if you are considering this pen.
This ink exceeded my expectations. I've never seen anything like it in fountain pen ink! It truly does give you a golden option. It isn't opaque so it won't work on dark paper, but on white or cream it will look beautiful. Maybe not the most professional ink, but certainly fun.
If I were to do this piece again, I'd try it on Tomoé River paper. This was a really wet writing pen paired with a wet writing ink, and an even more ink resistant paper would have been a better choice.
You can find the Noodler's Ahab Carniolan Honey Demonstrator at Gouletpens.com for $23. Diamine Golden Sands is available in a 50ml bottle for $20 or a 2ml ink samples for $1.25.
Do you have a favorite shimmering ink? I'd love to hear about it. Leave a comment below.