Cacography – we have all been there. Sometimes, I’m still there. Show us your cacography on our Facebook page!
A little author inspiration doesn’t hurt the soul. Or the pen. Or the nib! After seeing the Montblanc Hemingway pen in person, I confirmed to myself I really liked it. What does that have to do with this quote? Not much, really, but it made me go on a bit of a Hemingway binge.
A good orange is cheery and bright. What do you think about when you think of orange? Maybe something like “Kill Winter With Orange“? I also enjoy trying out yellow-orange inks, and red-orange inks, and seeing which comes closer to orange than the other. The world of inks is colorful and fun!
Diamine Silver Fox is a nice mix of a medium to dark grey, and silver. It’s not shimmery or glittery, but the silver is obvious when compared to other normal greys. The ink shades nicely, and although silver can be difficult to capture in a non metallic ink, this one did well, I think.
I came across a bottle of Sheaffer Skrip Black, in the older style inkwell glass bottle. I love these bottles, and the black ink inside is pretty nice, too. I’m always looking for a true black – one without shading – just a true, solid black. Do you have a favorite black? Please share it so I can check it out!
Depending on the color, iron-gall ink may change when it dries. Montblanc’s Midnight Blue iron-gall ink changes from a dark blue to a solid, somewhat matte, blue-black color. It smells quite rusty, too.
Sepia is an interesting color, and I’ve seen quite a few variations on it. It also has a really interesting derivation!
Sienna has always been one of my favorite colors, although I prefer raw sienna as an ink because it shades more. Come to think of it, the same goes for burnt sienna. It’s interesting to see sienna straight up, because as it turns out, it’s lovely, too. A beautiful, rich color that makes me think of a rich, sun-toasted earth. Ochre, umber, sienna – all such gorgeous shades to work with.
I have a few really large nibs – oversize-sized – but some of the little ones in the collection are truly spectacular. This Mabie Todd Swan Self-Filler 1 has a #1 nib that is soft and pleasant to write with. Bigger nibs doesn’t always mean they’re better!
Have you had enough of winter yet? As has been trending, kill winter with orange seems appropriate, and there is no shortage of orange inks over here. Unfortunately, most of my favorites are discontinued – Caran d’Ache Saffron and Sailor Jentle Apricot, and OMAS Orange, which is an exclusive one to get.