I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering. – Robert Frost I’m not a writer but sometimes I just ink up twenty fountain pens and scribble words down, because I love the feeling of the nib on paper, of the smooth feeling of ink flowing, and then seeing all the colors at the end.
Fountain pens make me want to write all sorts of magnificent, wonderful things. Often, it ends up as messy smudges or poor attempts at calligraphy. How about you? Do you create magnificent, wonderful things?
A friend of mine left this comment on one of my pictures awhile back, and I thought it was perfect. Indeed, fountain pens look as good in a pocket as a proper bow tie! To me, anyway.
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!