Golden Ivy both a bright and a dark green at the same time. All roads lead me to believe golden ivy is another name for devils ivy because everytime I google golden ivy devils ivy comes up.
The plant has a multitude of common names – devils ivy, golden pothos, pothos, Solomons ivy, taro vine, Ceylon creeper, marble queen amongst others. It is a very hardy plant that depending on what you read either originated in Moorea (French Polynesia) or the Solomon Islands. It is extremely popular house plant as it is very hard to kill and remains green at all times.
This is a shimmer ink with a base green very similar to Diamines Sherwood green but with gold shimmer. The green of this ink is not like the pictures of the plant but the gold shimmer lifts the ink to give it the lighter almost yellow colour of the leaves. I suspect the reason for calling this golden ivy is really because the base green is ivy coloured and the shimmer is gold.
Chromatography reveals a blend of dark green, bright green, turquoise and teal.
On col-o-ring and Tomoe the swatches are like Sherwood green but without that inks red sheen, the shimmer is subtle.
When I used this ink even after gently agitating my pen I couldn’t seem to get any shimmer on the paper, I couldn’t see anything in the writing but what did become apparent is that this ink does have some red sheen and I for one found that more interesting.
On cheap paper the ink dried quickly appeared to have some shading but up close you can see it’s red sheen. There was no feathering or show through.
On Midori again great dry time but the sheen wasn’t as apparent. In fact on Midori this just looked like a shading green ink. Couldn't see any sheen.
On Tomoe it was slower to dry as expected but not as slow as some inks can be on this paper. The sheen was obvious here.
This is a shimmer ink and so far I haven’t mentioned that aspect of the ink, the reason being that for a Diamine shimmer ink this is very very subtle at least in my pens. I had to work hard to demonstrate any shimmer and only just managed on Tomoe
If you like a green ink you’ll probably like this however if you buy for the shimmer I suspect you will be disappointed. was a pleasure to use. In previous Diamine reviews I have recommended buying directly from Diamine and I still make that recommendation. Credible dupes or similar inks – from left to right Pelikan Edelstein adventurine, Faber-Castell moss green, this ink, Colorverse Schrödinger, Diamine Sherwood green and J Herbin lierre sauvage
In summary -
Saturation - high
Shading – no
Sheen – yes some on all papers
Shimmer – yes – extremely subtle
Nib dry-out - none
Nib creep - none
Start-up – Excellent
Feathering - no
Drying – quite good on all papers
Cleaning - good
Water resistance – definitely not