Handwritten Review – Diamine Sepia

Happy Wednesday!

Today, I’m giving away a full-sized bottle of Diamine Sepia Fountain Pen Ink.  I know, I know you were hoping it was the pen. Sorry.   #sorrynotsorry

When I learned that Goulet Pens was sending me the Fall 2014 Edition of  Edison Nouveau Premiere and a bottle of ink, I suggested that they could also send me a sample of the same ink. “I’ll use the sample and giveaway the bottle.”

I had no idea which ink they were sending, but when I saw that it was sepia, I was so glad I was only getting the sample-sized.  Brown inks are a waste on me. Ick.
At least they used to be. And then I fell in love with J Herbin’s Lie de The
And now this:
Diamine Sepia Ink Swap
Let’s dive in . . . 

A beautiful golden brown – with perhaps a bit of red?
No green or gray to muddy things up.
Shading makes me happy.
cRaZy shading makes me crazy happy.
I love this ink. The color is great, saturation is good, there is definitely shading. No bleeding, minimal show through (ghosting).
Water resistance isn’t super-important to me. Good thing, too . . . .
You’ll also note on the full review (click here for full-size version) that the color seems to be less saturated as I get further down on the page.  Totally user error. I was having trouble filling from the sample bottle and ended up with ink clinging to the converter. A small twist of the converter got me going again.
Here’s the review I wrote for the pen review. Click here for the full-size.
Bottom line?  I’ve added this ink to my wish list so that I can keep my word and give you this full-sized unopened bottle.
Leave a comment below to be entered to win. Remember to tell me how to get in touch with you. Open to US mailing addresses only (so sorry, international friends). Entry must be received by Wednesday, September 17. Winner will be announced on Friday, September 19.

Of course, you can always order Diamine Sepia from Goulet Pens.

Good luck!!


EDITED TO ADD: After you’ve entered to win this ink, run on over to Ink Nouveau and enter to win the pen! I’m catching up on my blogs and just saw that you enter to win until the end of today!

41 thoughts on “INK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Diamine Sepia

  1. You know, I didn't think I'd like (want, need) brown ink either. Like, why? Anyway, that is a pretty brown. And I like pretty things. 🙂 Thanks for your reviews. I'm new to all of this, and they really help. I would love to win this but don't want my email address to be publicly visible. I'm at Eva, PO Box 210, Cooper Station, New York, NY 10276

  2. Oh this color! It pairs so beautifully with that pen. You're responsible for my love affair with Lie De The. I'm a sucker for brown inks and this color is no exception. Hook, line and sinker! WHEN I win (haha!), you can reach me via Instagram @mrschef05 (DM) and I'll send you my address. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. I would love to win this ink! It will look great with my Autumn Harvest pen with a 1.1mm nib. Yup, I already have my pen! And the ink is gorgeous! It will be on my BUY list if I don't win it.

  4. Thank you for your review! I have a little Goulet sample of this ink, and it is beautiful, I agree! Would love to add the bottle to my ink stash – thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Lovely shading & great ink! I have really come to appreciate this quality of fountain pen inks that most other inks don't have. And guess what, I don't have a brown ink currently in my collection, just the right time! The pen looks great as well!

  6. I only recently started liking browns for any application at all, and this ink actually looks more amber than sepia to me. Amber is a pretty sexy color, and I'd love to use this for invitations and placecards and such for Thanksgiving. (

  7. I likely won't be getting the Edison Fall pen, but I love the ink! I've got another pen that I think it would look awesome in, so count me in for the giveaway. Find me at 8dnail at gmail, and I'll be bookmarking this blog. 🙂

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