Van Dieman's Ink celebrate the changing landscape of Tasmania throughout the year with their Tassie Seasons collections.
Australia is the world's largest producer of truffles outside of Europe, and Tasmania was the birthplace of Australian truffles, when Tim Terry unearthed the first Tasmanian truffle in the winter of 1999, the result of 8 years work. Along with fine wine, south seas salmon, an array of stone fruits, berries and exotic herbs, truffles make up a part of Tasmania's extraordinarily high quality culinary produce. This ink is the second black in the Van Dieman's Range, and has a noticeably brown hue when shading, with an oily black sheen on certain papers.
Huon Midwinter Festival (Shimmer)
This colour was created to resemble and sum up the feeling of a time in your youth, at a festival at night in the cold midwinter. Your senses are tingling at the taste of hot chocolate that warms you up, the chorus of music echoing in the dark, the smell of hot food cooking at stalls, and the shimmering colours and bright luminescence of fairy lights, tea lights and bonfire.
Every winter, the city of Launceston, nestled in the valleys between the North Esk and South, becomes enshrouded in a fog so thick in regularly stops traffic and puts the city in a standstill. This ink, with its incredible shading variation between near black and the lightest grey in the Van Dieman Range, mimics the same variations in light and dark that Launceston experiences during the winter months of fog. This ink has an extremely slight brownish hue, and is an excellent ink for drawing, sketching and ink washing where a wide range of depth and texture is desired, but flows smoothly with great effect from any medium or broad nibbed pen.
Morning Frost (Shimmer)
Winters in Tasmania are cold, bitter and moist and, although snowfall is regular in the high country, much of the state wakes each morning to a thick blanket of crisp, crunching ice on every blade of grass, fallen leaf and car windscreen. This ink starts with a bitter cold blue grey, and dries to a shining shimmering silver, which blends with the underlying ink colour to become almost metallic, resembling the dewy sheen on blades of grass in early winter mornings that crunch under your feet.
Fountain Pen Ink 30ml