I am a huge fan of the Pilot Iroshizuku range of inks. I love the colour options available and the packaging of these inks is beautiful. I pretty much have the entire Iroshizuku ink range on my wish list but last month I managed to tick 3 ink colours off by purchasing the miniature bottles from JetPens, one of which was the Tsutsuji Azalea ink. The mini inks are the perfect size to try some of the Iroshizuku line-up without investing a huge amount of money. Unfortunately they are very hard to find here in the UK or Europe, however I risked the dreaded customs charges and purchased overseas.
The Tsutsuji Azalea is a gorgeous Magenta colour. I have a soft spot for this shade of pink inks and have noticed similarities with Diamine Claret which is a personal favourite of mine. Tsutsuji is a bold and beautiful providing a lovely pop of colour for the dreary British Autumn days.
Using this ink colour in my Hobonichi Techo I have noticed some subtle differences to other paper stocks. At times I have seen some lovely gold shading around the edges of my writing. I did try to replicate this below but with little luck. I think this occurs more when a larger amount of ink is place on the page when writing.
You don't get the same reaction to the ink on other paper stocks such as Rhodia paper, used in the written section of this review below. You do see subtle changes in the tone of the ink with a slightly darker shade of pink visible. Overall however this ink has less shading than other Iroshizuku inks I have tried, it is more of a flat block colour.
I find that Tsutsuji is dark enough to make it easy to read when writing long blocks of text and I particularly enjoy using this colour in my Hobonichi Techo. Overall I really like this ink. It's bright and fun and will be a colour I will use regularly as it really brightens up my notebooks.