Blog - Shading, Sheening and Shimmering Inks

Shading Inks

We stock a vast array of shading inks here at Pure Pens. What's important to realise is that regardless of the effect of the ink, be it shading, shimmering or sheening, is that its true features can only be truly appreciated on a suitable paper. Thinner and ultimately cheaper papers, such as standard printer paper, can sometimes see the fountain pen ink be absorbed more. This causes effects such as feathering and as a result, any changes in colour of the ink will be lost, and sometimes too, any shimmering effects. Thicker and more high quality paper can be helpful in this regard to be able to retain the features of these different inks. A thicker and wetter nib can also assist in gaining the best results.

Here you will find an array of our shading inks. A shading ink is very distinctive in that while it may be a flat colour (as in it lacks a sheen or shimmer effect,) the colour will contrast with the stroke of the pen. In essence, the pen is leaving varying levels of saturation as it passes across the paper. The result is an effect which leaves the ink setting in a manner which seems as though it almost still drying in certain spots. It's certainly an eye-catching effect and really shows off the colours within the ink with a sleek ebb and flow.

A brand in which is highly recommended for shading are the Noodler's Inks. Specifically the Standard Inks range. See below the colour ranges that we have available on our site:

- Sequoia
- Burgundy
- Widow Maker
- Apache Sunset
- Tiananmen
- La Couler Royale Blue
- Navajo Turquoise
- Hellfire
- Purple Wampum
- Saguaro Wine
- Ottoman Azure
- Ottoman Rose
- Mary I
- Nikita
- Squeteague

Shading Inks

Sheening Inks

We stock many sheening inks here at Pure Pens. What's important to realise is that regardless of the effect of the ink, be it shading, shimmering or sheening, is that its true features can only be truly appreciated on a suitable paper. Thinner and ultimately cheaper papers, such as standard printer paper, can sometimes see the fountain pen ink be absorbed more. This causes effects such as feathering and as a result, any changes in colour of the ink will be lost, and sometimes too, any shimmering effects. Thicker and more high quality paper can be helpful in this regard to be able to retain the features of these different inks. A thicker and wetter nib can also assist in gaining the best results.

On this page, you'll find a collection of the sheening inks we offer here at Pure Pens. Sheening inks are among our most popular, in that they are some of the most striking yet subtle inks on the market. Indeed, it is possibly the type of ink, along with shimmering, which relies most on the quality of paper being used. Sheening inks can be glittery or simply shiny, but share a common theme; the ink changes hue as the pen strokes. For instance, and ink can be primarily blue but feature a purple or red shine as the ink pools. This causes quite the dramatic effect of displaying gradients within the shade and looks rather spectacular when used in calligraphy writing. One key tip when using a sheening ink, especially with regards to the glittery ones, is to gently shake the bottle prior to each filling to ensure a good consistency. It can often be useful to do this with your pen too while using.

A brand in which is one of the best and recommended for sheening are the J. Herbin Inks. Specifically the 1670 collection. See below the colour ranges that we have available on our site:

-Caroube de Chypre
-Emeraude de Chivor
-Stormy Grey
-Bleu Ocean
-Rouge Hematite

Sheening Inks

Shimmering Inks

We have a variety of shimmering inks available for you to try. What's important to realise is that regardless of the effect of the ink, be it shading, shimmering or sheening, is that its true features can only be truly appreciated on a suitable paper. Thinner and ultimately cheaper papers, such as standard printer paper, can sometimes see the fountain pen ink be absorbed more. This causes effects such as feathering and as a result, any changes in colour of the ink will be lost, and sometimes too, any shimmering effects. Thicker and more high quality paper can be helpful in this regard to be able to retain the features of these different inks. A thicker and wetter nib can also assist in gaining the best results.

The shimmering inks we stock are manufactured by J. Herbin and Diamine and are probably the most eye-catching of fountain pen inks. The shimmer effect is created by infusing particles of metal dust or other fine particles into the ink which catch the light when on paper. When the paper is held at a different light, the iridescent quality of the shimmering ink becomes clear. Similar to sheening inks, it can be useful to shake the bottle gently of ink prior to use along with the pen. This helps ensure the flakes are evenly distributed and give a good consistency to the ink flow. It's also particularly important to use a wet nib to gain the best results, although the ink should work regardless as well as any other type of ink.

A brand in which is the best and most popular to use for shimmering inks are the Diamine Inks. Specifically the Diamine Shimmer line. See below the extensive colour ranges that we have available on our site:

- Tropical Glow
- Cocoa Shimmer
- Pink Glitz
- Golden Oasis
- Magenta Flash
- Fire Storm Red
- Moon Dust
- Caramel Sparkle
- Lilac Satin
- Blue Flame
- Inferno Orange
- Enchanted Ocean
- Blue Lightning
- Blue Pearl
- Brandy Dazzle
- Golden Sands
- Magical Forest
- Night Sky
- Purple Pazzazz
- Red Lustre
- Shimmering Seas
- Sparkling Shadows

Shimmering Inks