De Atramentis Document Ink Violet: Ink Review

De Atramentis Document Ink Violet Ink swab with LAMY AL-star

Hi, everyone! Margaret here, and it's no secret that I love purple ink. We recently added Violet and White to our De Atramentis Document ink line offering at These inks are particularly unique because they are both permanent and waterproof, so I was excited to take this ink for a spin. Read on to find out more!

De Atramentis Document Ink Violet Ink writing sample


De Atramentis Document Ink Violet Ink writing sample


Close up of De Atramentis Document Ink Violet Ink

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Medium – This ink was dry in about 25 seconds. When dry, it's both permanent and waterproof, making it a worth the wait!

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • High – The Document ink line is fantastic because they are completely water resistant. During testing, there was absolutely no movement of the ink when water was applied with a q-tip or when water was dropped on the ink.


  • Medium – There's a slight difference between swabs 1 and 2, but you can see the real difference between 1 and 3.

 Ease of Cleaning:

  • Medium – This ink is permanent which causes it to be a little more difficult to clean, but nothing to worry about. If water isn't enough when you're cleaning, try something like Pen Flush.


  • Medium – This ink is a fairly light shade of purple, but you can still see some slight color variation in letters.


  • Medium – This ink wasn't overly wet, but it flowed well in all the nib sizes I used it with.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

De Atramentis Document Violet ink drawing


If you find yourself in need of a permanent purple ink, give this one a try! It flowed well in the Konrad brush pen, as well as the LAMY AL-star, and I imagine this would be wonderful to sketch with too. There are really only a few other purple inks that are water resistant, but no other one with this particular shade of purple (and without the high maintenance qualities as well).

You can find De Atramentis Document Ink Violet available in a 35ml bottle or you can try a 2ml sample of the ink.