Van Dieman's Fountain Pen Ink

What is Van Dieman's Ink?

Van Dieman's Ink is an Australian company that is passionate about the environment and colors that are from nature, specifically Tasmania. We design and mix our own bottles of fountain pen ink, shimmer ink and pigment ink 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. These inks maintain a high quality, smooth flow, light and age resistance and deep vivid colours. Our water based fountain pen inks are mixed utilizing a method that colour longevity, improves flow and generates a sumptuously enjoyable writing experience.

Our Inks

The Original "Colours of Tasmania" Series

In line with our own love for this great state of Tasmania, Van Dieman's Original fourteen Colours of Tasmania try to encapsulate the natural beauty this land has to offer. Each ink is designed from and named after a location, natural aspect or product of Tasmania. From our best-selling "Devil Black", an aggressive little ink with an equally notorious namesake, to our majestic, cherished and protected "Styx Valley Forest Green", our chilled and serene "Freycinet Aquamarine" and our deliciously tempting "Tamar Pinot Noir Wine Red", Van Dieman's inks are both a cut above the rest and a step outside the norm.

Devil Black

 Van Dieman's Devil Black is a rich and decadent midnight black with royal purplish hues in bright light, just like our own Tassie Devil. This ink really bites the page and flows sumptuously from nib to paper. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this scary little bottle of attitude. 

 
Van Dieman's Bass Strait Cobalt Blue is a deep and stormy ink, with much to say about the treacherous waves that separate the two islands of this southern land. The Bass Strait, with a dark and tumultuous reputation, gives its hue to this ink, which is somewhat darker and deeper than most blues, with even a hint of indigo-violet. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this salty little bottle of turbulence.
 
Van Dieman's Bay of Fires Red is a hot furnace of colour. The Bay of Fires, in Tasmania's rugged north east, was named by Captain Tobias Furneaux, when he sailed the Adventure past in 1773 and noticed the great number of Aboriginal fires. Today, the bay is best known for its Orange-Red stained granite stone which decorate the pristine white sandy beaches and illuminate red in the sunset light. This ink, rather than imitating this colour, aims to encapsulate the adventurous spirit of Tasmania. It is more vivid than the average red, with subtle hints of tangerine and magenta. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this little bottle of adventure.
 
Van Dieman's Apple Island Green is a fresh and juicy ink that is bound to keep the doctor away. Taking a bite out of this ink will give you a taste of the cool crisp, pure air and fertile rolling countryside that Tasmania has in reserve. This ink will flavour your pages as sweetly as its namesake pleasures your palate. This is definitely a softer, lighter green. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this crunchy little bottle of local produce.
 
Van Dieman's Leatherwood Honey Amber takes its colour and name from, as any true Tasmanian Apiary will tell you, the best darn honey in the world. The blossoms of the leatherwood tree, which only grows in Tasmania, produce a honey rich in flavour and aroma, deep in colour and high in sticky viscosity. This ink's vibrant amber hue and smooth sumptuous writing feel match its namesake well. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this sweet little bottle of deliciousness.

West Coast Sunset Tangerine

Van Dieman's West Coast Sunset Tangerine is a stunning and outstandingly vibrant orange, with plenty of inspiration from the vibrant and dazzling hues one witnesses in the furthest western regions of Tasmania, on those wild and woolly beaches, in the late, late evening of a south sea summer. With subtle hints of magenta and mustard yellow, and guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this brightly hued little bottle of radiance.

 
Van Dieman's Tasmanian Robin Pink is a bubbly and effervescent ink, halfway between a hot pink and magenta. Named after the Pink Breasted Robin of Australia's Southern Regions, this ink takes on a more playful, lighthearted part in Van Dieman's otherwise more wild and majestic inspirations. Bound to stand out as boisterously on the page as its namesake does in the wild and guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this chirpy little bottle of vivacity.
 
Van Dieman's Pinot Noir Wine Red is a smooth, mellowed ink with flavours of plum and cherry and a touch of an oaky finish. Tasmanian Pinot Noir is renowned for its subtlety and delicate palate, owing to the cool, mild climate of the region and the high quality soil. The Tamar region, in particular, has some outstanding examples of this fine varietal. This ink takes its warmer, duskier red hue, with hints of royal blue and chocolate brown, from this pleasing local produce. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this luscious little bottle of intoxication.

Tasmania Vine Purple

Van Dieman's Tasmania Vine Purple is a deep and sumptuous purple, bordering on violet. The Tasmania Vine, which bears fruit of the same, deep rich purple hue, gives this ink its colour. This purple is dark enough to use even as a blue substitute. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this little bottle of royalty.

Freycinet Aquamarine

Van Dieman's Freycinet Aquamarine is a serene, tranquil blue, named after the mountainous, coastal national park on the far eastern coast of Tasmania. Freycinet beach, with its gentle azure waters, pure white sand and forested mountainous backdrop gives the impression of a tropical paradise to match any in the northern states. This ink takes its caerulean hue from this remote and untouched haven. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this colourful little bottle of tranquillity. 

 
Van Dieman's Styx Valley Forest Green is a deep, darkened ink, with a moss and foliage hue. The Styx River Valley, in south central Tasmania, is an old growth forest, often named The Valley of the Giants, as it is home to Australia's tallest trees and the tallest flowering trees in the world. The sense of ancient reverence that this hallowed place instils is the inspiration for this arboreal ink. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this organic little bottle of wilderness.

Wattle Yellow

Van Dieman's Wattle Yellow is a bright and vivid colour that gives a luster and freshness to the page in the same way our own national treasure colourfully livens up the bushland and street sides that is grows on. This is definitely on the brighter, whiter side of yellow and almost disappears in direct sunlight. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this sweet and delicate little bottle of Australian flora.

Oakwood Brown

Van Dieman's Oakwood Brown is a warm and nostalgic ink, which reminisces of Tasmania's Victorian heyday and the plethora of deciduous trees planted in her many pleasure gardens. These still decorate the city streets each Autumn with rich reds, golden yellows and luscious browns that make up this hue. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this crunchy little bottle of local produce.

Cradle Mountain Grey

Van Dieman's Cradle Mountain Grey is a wild and rugged ink, modelled on the hue of its namesake, high in Tasmania's northern wilderness, reflected in the serene waters of Lake St. Clair. With subtle hints of umber and mottled green upon its slopes, this imposing tone will dominate its surroundings. Guaranteed not to clog or clot, you will be very happy with this crunchy little bottle of local produce.

    The Hollywood Series

    The Hollywood Series, our second to come out, is three fountain pen inks and our first three shimmer inks, all inspired by iconic actresses and moments in film.

    Blonde Bombshell

    Blonde bombshell is the very essence of the ultimate 1950’s Hollywood starlet pin up. The iconic sex kittens of the fifties; Marilyn Monroe, Jane Mansfield, Bridget Bardot, oozed glamour and were care free, talented actresses and models of their time. Their sex appeal lit up the silver screen and they were known for being the most beautiful women in the world. This colour shows tribute to all these iconic beauties of their time and celebrates their femininity and beauty and not to shy from who you are, but to embrace it, show your true self and flaunt it.

    Diamonds are a Girl's BFF

    The beautiful dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in 1953 in the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was the inspiration behind this colour. Marilyn, easily Hollywood’s most recognizable starlet, looked breathtaking in this dress and Van Dieman’s Inks celebrates Marilyn in this iconic performance in film history. This ink is a velvety, vibrant, cool but dazzling tone with silver shimmer like diamonds.

    Elizabeth's Violet Eyes

    Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most beautiful women in the world. Beginning her career in acting at a very young age, the gifted actor went on to star in films that were timeless classics, including Cleopatra in 1963, and Cat on a hot tin roof. Elizabeth’s grace and beauty was exquisite and she charmed audiences around the world with her amazing talent and her gorgeous violet eyes.

    My Fair Audrey

    Audrey Hepburn’s stunning charm and grace made her a film and fashion icon. Van Dieman’s Inks pays tribute to Audrey and is inspired by Audrey’s beautiful deep mahongany eyes and dark chestnut hair, in a cute sophisticated pixie cut which shows off Audrey’s flawless beauty.

    Rita Hayworth Locks

    Rita Hayworth was the top pin up girl for WW2 in the 1940s. Rita’s glamorous beauty and femininity gave her the nickname “the love goddess”. Rita’s popularity starred her in many films that the sultry siren contributed 37 years to the film industry. Van Diemans wanted to capture Rita’s fiery red locks that she was so well known for and still is to this day.

    Ruby Slippers

    Ruby Slippers was the birth of color TV in 1939. A very young Judy Garland captivated audiences worldwide staring as Dorothy in the Epic movie The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy and the ruby slippers left us all spellbound to the screen through her adventures in the land of OZ. To celebrate this magical movie Van Diemans Ink had to Praise Judy and the Ruby Slippers.

     

    The Midnight Series

    The Midnight Series  are three fountain pen inks and 5 shimmer inks, all inspired by the dark and somber hues that come our when the sun has gone away.

    Blackened Seas

    This blue-black ink has mottled green tones and a dark red sheen. Inspired by Louie and Claudia’s travels on the nocturnal Mediterranean, in the ‘94 film Interview with the Vampire.

    Enchanted Woods

    This is a dark and verdant green, with an earthy red sheen, illuminated by a silvery shimmer, suggestive of moonlight scattering on autumnal frost on the forest floor.

    Twilight Mist

    This ink is the effervescent glow of the ominous purple colour that transpires within darkened woods and lofty mountains in the earliest hours of the morning.

    Midnight Sky

    This is a jet black ink with a triple hit of shimmer in silver, gold and purple, embodying the polychromatic myriad of stars that pepper our skies at night.

    Bonfire Night

    This hot red ink is engulfed in a golden shimmer, like the licking flames of a bonfires, surrounded by dancing, merriment and celebration of the night.

    Eclipse

    Occurring once every few hundred years, this darker,, near perfect grey ink with a subtle hint of brown earthy undertones is inspired by the dreamlike “midnight in the day”.

    Sailor's Delight

    Inspired by the beautiful fire-lit sky at dusk over sea, giving good hopes of a calm night’s travels. A red sky at night is a Sailor’s Delight, but a red sky in the morning is a sailor’s warning.

    Howl at the Moon

    Howl at the moon is a silver shimmered dark yellow ink, inspired by the iconic image of a full yellow moon illuminating the night sky, silhouetting a lone alpha wolf, and uplifting the moods of everyone beneath.

    The Wilderness Series

    The Wilderness Series is ten fountain pen inks inspired by the majestic, beautiful and ofttimes humbling wonders that await in the Tasmanian wilds. As an extension of our original Van Dieman's Colours of Tasmania, and as a series unto itself, we created the Wilderness Series to encapsulate the natural colours of this awe-inspiring and untouched southern land.

    Azure Kingfisher

    The color was inspired by the stunningly beautiful Tasmanian Azure King Fisher, whose plumage is a remarkably entrancing blue with a unique deep red sheen, while his breast has golden fiery orange tones. This complex and multifaceted ink was built to replicate all the beauty in the kingfisher’s coat, with shades from light aqua, to teal green and dark royal blue, and a golden shimmer that plays with the light to create greenish tones, all bordered by a vibrant red sheen. This ink is decadent, eye-catching and a true delight to write with.

    Black Tongue Spider Orchid

    This color was inspired by the exotic and enticing Black tongue spider orchid (Caladenia caudata). Tasmania’s orchids are some of the most beautiful in the world this species is found only in Tasmania. The Black Tongue Spider Orchid, with a gorgeous shade from black to deep magenta, is under conservation and listed as vulnerable due to agricultural expansion and disturbance in burning in certain regions.

    Devil's Kitchen

    The Devil’s kitchen, where The Great Southern Ocean smashes into scattered inlets lining the Eagle Hawk Neck cliff face on the eastern side of the Tasman Peninsular, creating a violent churn and the rich vibrantly cool teal which inspires this colour. Tasmania’s wilderness of this caliber is breath taking.

    Eucalyptus Regnans

    This ink is based on the colour of the tallest flowering trees in the world. With a mottled kakhi green tone, the magnificant Tasmanian Mountain Ash, or Eucalyptus Regnans, grows up to lengths of 100 meters. Growing in such places as the "Valley of the Giants", these iconic Tasmanian Eucalyptus trees have a lustre and beauty within their own right and are a lost wilderness themselves.

    Federation Peak

    This ink is an ash dark grey based upon Federation Peak, a lone quartzite mountain possessing a menacing sharp spire on the Eastern most tip of the East Arthur ranges, overlooking Hanging Lake and 600m above Lake Geeves in the south west wilderness of Tasmania.

    Firetail Finch

    This ink is a unique and vivid red, inspired by the The Beautiful Firetail, a native bird species endemic to Tasmania and the neighbouring islands, standing out with his lustrous red tail. This finch, and many other of Tasmania’s fauna remain abundant, due to the vast stretches of wilderness left untouched.

    Hanging Lake

    Situated within the isolated east Arthur ranges of Tasmania’s South West Wilderness is Hanging Lake, one of the highest altitude melt-water tarns, a serene majestic dark blue lake hidden within the rugged back drop of Federation Peak. Van Dieman’s wanted to take our time with this colour to do this untouched wilderness justice. This ink is a dark blue-black ink with a strong mahogany sheen, and is an excellent everyday writing.

    Hastings Caves

    Tasmania is home to some of the deepest and longest cave systems in the world. When brightly lit, this huge complex of dolomite caves at the southern most tip of Tasmania shines a golden brown and glistens with its countless delicate stalactites. Hastings is also home to a natural hot spring that warms the nearby rivers year-round to 280C. We were inspired by the golden brown and honey tones this natural wonder possesses and wanted to illustrate its beautiful lustre. This ink shades from faintest yellow to dark amber, with greenish edging sheens and light silver shimmer.

    Huon Pine

    The Lagarostrobes Franklinii is an ancient yet threatened tree, living as long as 3,500 years, native only to Tasmania and found solely in the damp, subalpine southernmost regions of the island. The Huon is not a true pine, but the solitary member of its own family. This ink takes its colour from The Huon Pine’s rich green foliage and is inspired by its uniqueness. Darker than our Apple Island Green, yet not as deep as Styx Valley Forest Green, this ink is a perfectly balanced green for any writer.

    Spotted Sun Orchid

    This beautiful color is another edition to Van Dieman’s purple collection, close to a lilac tone with a soft bluish hue. Inspired by the native flower The Spotted Sun Orchid which, like its name shows colors on the flower that range from warm to cool, but with this gorgeous flower it has spots of a darker tones closer to it’s pistil. This excellently shading ink ranges from very light soft blue-lilac to a strong muted lavender.