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Van Dieman Inks

We are a small family business in Launceston, Tasmania, that is passionate about the environment, and crafting quality inks that are inspired from nature, specifically here in Tasmania. Peter and Belinda Rix are the husband and wife duo that own and run Van Dieman's Ink. Both lovers of fountain pens and ink, we wanted to make this passion a full-time occupation. After retailing fountain pens in Australia together for some years, Belinda made the decision to develop our own fountain pen ink, taking inspiration from much of the beauty found here in Tasmania to design each ink, and to create the artwork for our boxes and labels.

We design and mix our own bottles of fountain pen and shimmering inks here in Launceston Tasmania. These high-quality fountain pen inks have been tested for viscosity and flow quality and are suitable for all major brands of fountain pens, and are also suitable for dip pens and brushwork. 

As always when using a shimmer, sheen or high saturation ink, you will get the best results with a wider nib, flush your pens regularly when using the shimmers and high saturation inks and always when using good quality fountain pen friendly paper.

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**Van Dieman - Boxed Ink Collection - 2023

2023 was the first year to see Van Dieman's Inks of the Month, starting in April. We have brought every one of our monthly inks into one, and included three brand new inks retrospectively, January, February and March, to create the 2023 Collection Pack; twelve beautifully created and inspired fountain pen inks to Celebrate all that 2023 was.

Curated in an elegant gift box, and accompanied by a 2023 Collection booklet of information about each of the inks, and tips and tricks on cleaning your pen, using shimmering inks and choosing paper for your pen and ink.

**Van Dieman - Feline Collection - Bengal Tiger Blaze Shimmer
"Bengal Tiger Blaze" from our Feline Collection is an ink that captures the fierce and ferocious beauty and fiery free spirit of the Bengal tiger. This light, warm beige ink, reminiscent of the Bengal's distinctive coat, is infused with a gold shimmer, reflecting the tiger's blazing energy and strength.
**Van Dieman - Feline Collection - Catnip

"Catnip" from our Feline Collection is a low saturation, light spring green, almost pastel in hue, that embodies the fresh, vibrant spirit of a cat lazing in the sun and frolicking in the grass.

This ink is a shading ink that's dynamic and lively, with shades that shift and change, most ideal for watercolor or landscape painting.

**Van Dieman - Feline Collection - Cheetah Chase Shimmering
"Cheetah Chase" from our Feline Collection is an ink that embodies the intense gaze of a cheetah on the African savannah at sunset, ready for the hunt. This ink lays down a deep terracotta hue, reminiscent of the warm, earthy tones of the African plains. But it's the colour-changing shimmer that truly captures the spirit of a cheetah chase. Shifting from rose to gold to green, the shimmer adds a dynamic, captivating element to the ink.
**Van Dieman - Feline Collection - Emerald Eyes Shimmering
 "Emerald Eyes" is a captivating ink that mirrors the mesmerizing eyes of a feline gazing lazily into the abyss. This ink is a lush, vibrant green, with a light green shimmer, that creates a truly jewel-like appearance, much like the mysterious nature of our feline friends.
**Van Dieman - Feline Collection - Here Kitty Kitty Shimmering
Here Kitty Kitty is Van Dieman's late edition to the feline collection. This shade emulates the life of a stray cat, that lives amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. It captures the street-smart resilience of a stray cat at sundown surveying the buildings below whilst appreciating the beauty of the sunset over the city. This shade is fleshy dusty pink with a hint of gold shimmer. 
**Van Dieman - Feline Collection - Kitten Paws

Introducing "Kitten Paws", the most adorable addition to our Feline collection. This ink is as soft and playful as the tiny paws it's inspired by, and it's sure to add a touch of whimsy to your writing.

Kitten Paws is a low saturation ink that offers a delightful surprise. When first applied to the page, it has a brown-green hue, reminiscent of river grass or the soft fur of a kitten. But as it dries, it undergoes a charming transformation. The colour gradually turns pinker, eventually settling into a pinky-beige shade that perfectly captures the tender pads of a kitten's paw.

**Van Dieman - Feline Collection - Lions Roar Shimmering
"Lion's Roar" from our Feline Collection is an ink that captures the raw power and majesty of the king of the jungle. This vibrant red ink, as fiery as a lion's spirit, is infused with a green sheen and gold shimmer, reflecting the lion's regal stature and fierce determination.
**Van Dieman - Feline Collection - Mad Half Hour Shimmering
The Mad Half Hour ink is a celebration of spontaneity and joy. It's for those who appreciate the unexpected, who find delight in the whimsical, and who know that sometimes, the most memorable moments happen when you least expect them. Just like a cat darting around the room in a sudden burst of energy, this ink brings a dash of excitement and laughter to your writing.
**Van Dieman - Feline Collection - Nine Lives
"Nine Lives" from our Feline Collection is an ink that captures the essence of a cat's enigmatic charm and the mystery of its nine lives. This ink lays down a soft, pastel sage hue, reminiscent of the quiet, contemplative moments of a cat's day. But it's the silver shimmer that truly captures the spirit of a cat's nine lives.
**Van Dieman - Feline Collection - Persian Princess Shimmering
The Persian Princess ink is not just a colour; it's an attitude. It's for those who appreciate the finer things in life, who demand the best, and enjoy being primped and pampered. Just like a Persian cat, this ink is a little bit fussy, a lot decadent, and completely irresistible.
**Van Dieman - Feline Collection - Purr

This shade of ink is a deliciously warm toned pink that is inspired by a cats contentment. Purr is a versatile shader that is striking and bold on any paper and can be in any nib size.

This shade is one of Van Diemen’s most unique pinks and stands out beautifully.

**Van Dieman - Feline Collection - Ragdoll Kiss Shimmering
"Ragdoll Kiss" from our Feline Collection is a delicate lavender purple ink that's as soft and cuddly as a Ragdoll's affectionate nuzzle. This low saturation ink has a cool undertone with a pretty pink-purple shimmer, mirroring the serene, non-threatening, placid nature of a Ragdoll cat.
**Van Dieman - Feline Collection - Russian Blue
"Russian Blue" from our Feline Collection is an ink that mirrors the mysterious and elusive nature of the Russian Blue cat. This ink lays down a deep, grey with a hue with blue undertones, reminiscent of a stormy day. It's a shading ink, adding depth and complexity to your writing, much like the enigmatic nature of the Russian Blue.
**Van Dieman - Feline Collection - Snow Leopard Frost Shimmering
This Shade captures the elusive beauty of the snow leopard in the frosty Himalayan heights. This ink is a light, muted, soft blue, reminiscent of the snow leopard's icy habitat, and is adorned with a silver shimmer, reflecting the frosty sparkle of their snowy surroundings.
**Van Dieman - Feline Collection - Tomcat
Meet "Tomcat," a daring and adventurous member of our Feline collection. This ink is as mysterious and captivating as the nocturnal prowler it's named after. It's a nearly black ink, but don't be fooled - there's more to it than meets the eye. Just like a tomcat lurking in the shadows, this ink reveals its true colours under the right light.
**Van Dieman - Feline Collection - Tortoise Shell Shimmering
Introducing "Tortoiseshell" from our Feline Collection, an ink that captures the deep, mysterious beauty of a tortoiseshell cat's coat. This ink lays down a dark plum hue, reminiscent of the rich, complex patterns of a tortoiseshell's fur. But it's the green sheen and silver and gold shimmer that truly bring this ink to life, reflecting the ever-changing colours and patterns seen in a tortoiseshell's coat.
**Van Dieman - Greek Hero's Collection 30ml - Achilles
Archilles is the ultimate Greek legend, embodying power, leadership and skill. The Iliad describes Archilles as a force to be reckoned with, as the demigod that arose to the Challege to defeat Hector. This shade represents the royal purple cloth that was given to Archilles by his mother, the sea nymph Thetis. With a light dusting of bronze shimmer, representing the bronze age where the story took place, fighting alongside King Agamemnon and Patroclus that made their battle Epic in Homer's timeless poem.
**Van Dieman - Greek Hero's Collection 30ml - Alexander
The shade "Alexander" is like the young man that this Ink is named after. It emulates courage and fearlessness against all odds. Van Dieman's admires Alexander as a leader with wisdom beyond his years and the and a tactician and strategist who is still marveled and copied today. He had the courage and fierce passion to tame Bucephelus, his horse in battle, that most adults, including his father Phillip the second, couldn't tame. This shade embodies his courage strength and intelligence as a commander to be reckoned with.
**Van Dieman - Greek Hero's Collection 30ml - Leonidas
Leonidas held back Xerxes and his immense army of Persian soldiers for three whole days with only a few hundred men, forging the most heroic defeat of all time and courageously laying down his own life for his men and his country. His brave sacrifice and that of his men gave the Greek nations the time and encouragement to defeat their invaders in the coming war. This shade is the ultimate dark red shimmerless shade with a high saturation of scarlet red that resembles the famous cloak worn by all Spartan soldiers. 
**Van Dieman - Greek Hero's Collection 30ml - Odysseus
Odysseus encapsulates the wild and rugged adventures that Odysseus and his men embarked on in the classic epic adventures written by Homer. This shade is a shimmer ink that resembles the dark and mysterious sea whilst trying to get back to his beloved Penelope. The terrifying encounter with Skyla and the Charybdis is captured in the chameleon shimmer, which shifts in the light from gold to green, blue, pink and then purple, and gives this deep teal a mysterious element to it. As daylight breaks and brings hope to the weary voyager, a red sheen shines through this ink on good quality paper. This Ink would be perfect for a med to broad or even in a stub nib. (please check your fountain pen is compatible with shimmer inks).
**Van Dieman - Ink Diluter & Rehydrator - 100ml
Van Dieman’s Fountain Pen Ink Diluter and Rehydrator is a multi-purpose fluid for desaturating highly saturated inks, lightening the tone of darkly coloured inks and rehydrating inks that have lost volume and thickened due to evaporation.
**Van Dieman - Ink Wetter - 100ml
Van Dieman’s Fountain Pen Ink Wetter is for lowering the surface tension of fountain pen ink that is dry, scratchy or flows poorly. It also improves the overall writing quality of dry writing ink. 
**Van Dieman - Legends Collection - Elizabeth
In the annals of Hollywood's golden age, few stars shone as brightly as Elizabeth Taylor. With a career that spanned decades, she was not just an actress but an icon, a symbol of timeless beauty and elegance. Among her many captivating features, her violet eyes stood out and are the inspiration for "Elizabeth", our tribute in fountain pen ink to this cinematic legend. This beautiful purple shading ink is a testament to her enduring charm. While we once celebrated her with "Elizabeth's Violet Eyes", this new creation, "Elizabeth", is a reincarnation - familiar yet distinctly unique, crafted with a completely revamped formula and recipe.
**Van Dieman - Legends Collection - Marilyn

Hollywood's golden era was graced with stars, but few shone with the luminosity of Marilyn Monroe. A symbol of allure, vulnerability, and timeless beauty, Marilyn captivated audiences with her talent and charisma. Among her many iconic moments, her performance in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" stands out, particularly the scene where she donned that unforgettable pink dress, embodying the essence of glamour.

"Marilyn", our ink tribute to this legendary starlet, draws inspiration from Monroe's iconic dress. "Marilyn" is a vibrant pink, but with a twist. A hint of cool blue undertone gives it a unique depth, reminiscent of the multifaceted personality of its namesake. And just as Marilyn sparkled under the spotlight, this ink boasts a hint of silver shimmer, adding a touch of cinematic magic to every stroke.

Modelled off our now discontinued, "Diamonds are a Girl's BFF", but with a vastly improved formula and an updated hue and shimmer, this new iteration, "Marilyn", captures not just the dazzle but also the subtleties, the nuances, the layers that made Marilyn Monroe the icon she remains today.

It flows smoothly, painting tales of a bygone era, of romance, of drama, and of a woman who, with her talent and charm, became the epitome of Hollywood glamour.

*Van Dieman Inks - Voyagers Collection - Gudrid Far Traveler - Shimmering
Introducing "Gudrid Far-Traveler," a mesmerizing ink inspired by the daring voyages of Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir, the first European woman to set foot on the Americas. Born in Iceland during the Viking Age, Gudrid embarked on a series of incredible journeys that would take her across the Atlantic, becoming a pioneer and a testament to the indomitable spirit of adventure.
*Van Dieman Inks - Voyagers Collection - Heemskerck & Zeehaen
Introducing "Heemskerck and Zeehaen," a captivating ink that pays homage to the illustrious journey of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman and the two vessels that bore him into the annals of history. In 1642, under the patronage of Anthony Van Diemen, Governor-General of the Dutch East India Company, Tasman embarked on a voyage aboard the Heemskerck and the Zeehaen that would forever change our understanding of the world.
*Van Dieman Inks - Voyagers Collection - Kay Cottee - Shimmering
Presenting "Kay Cottee," a tribute in ink to an extraordinary woman who forever imprinted her name on the pages of maritime history. Kay Cottee, an indomitable Australian yachtswoman, set sail on November 29, 1987, to carve her name into the annals of seafaring legends. She emerged victorious 189 days later, on June 5, 1988, as the first woman to complete a solo, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of the globe.
*Van Dieman Inks - Voyagers Collection - Woollarawarre Bennelong
Unveiling "Woollarawarre Bennelong," an exceptional ink that embodies the rich, multifaceted journey of an extraordinary man. Bennelong, of the Wangal clan and the Eora people, an Indigenous group of tribes and clans of the Port Jackson area around what is now Sydney, stood as a significant figure in the early history of colonial Australia. He bridged two vastly different worlds, being the first indigenous Australian to grace the shores of England.
Van Dieman Inks - Series #7 Underwater Series  - Abyss High Saturation
Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date.
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Van Dieman Inks - Series #7 Underwater Series  - Deep Sea Diver Shimmer
Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date.
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Van Dieman Inks - Series #7 Underwater Series  - Fire Coral High Saturation
Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date.
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Van Dieman Inks - Series #7 Underwater Series  - Ghost Ship High Saturation
Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date.
Size
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Van Dieman Inks - Series #7 Underwater Series  - Neptunes Necklace
Van Dieman's Underwater is the 7th series from Van Dieman’s Ink. Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, regions and mystery of the ocean, this collection of sixteen fountain pen and shimmer inks contains some of our most unique and experimental inks to date.
Size
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50ml
Van Dieman Inks - Series #8 Night - 50ml Dusk
A light shading ink representing the shadow of the sun going down. This is Van Dieman's least saturated ink, and our lightest every grey to date. Dusk has subtle hints of purply blue, like the sky after sunset, and with some amazing shading. Dusk still flowing fairly wetly due to a low surface tension and slightly higher viscosity, despite the low dye content
Van Dieman Inks - Series #8 Night - 50ml Moon Flower
 This color is based on the delicate Moon Flower that only blooms at night. Bats and other nocturnal creatures eat its nectar. A "beautiful blue" is the best way to describe Moon Flower, a combination ink of too high quality dyes, mixed to a perfectly balanced saturation; not too light so as to appear washed out; not so heavy as to be overshadowed by sheen; just enough to be rich and to stand out by its own right. The hue of Moon Flower sits on the warmer side of blue, with light violet variations in heavier writing and ample shading in all pen and ink combinations.
Van Dieman Inks - Series #8 Night - 50ml Night Owl
Night owl is based upon an owl eyes through the trees at night. This exquisite orange is highly saturated with a gold sheen on good quality fountain pen paper. This ink is fairly wet writing and very well behaved in almost any fountain pen. 
Van Dieman Inks - Series #8 Night - Dawn
Dawn is inspired and highly representational of the last lingering moments of night, just before the sun bursts triumphantly over the horizon, when refracted and reflected light bounce and dance blindingly on the clouds and sky. Dawn is a supersaturated ink with a bright, hot pink undertone, almost overpowered by a golden sheen that mottles and blends with the pink underneath to create an array of orange hues, much like the sky at dawn.
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