I don’t have a Visconti pen … it’s not a brand I feel myself drawn to.

In fact, it’s quite amazing how I, in only a few months, have already found my preferences when it comes to all this stuff in the fountain pen world … brand of pens, paper, inks and so on.

Now, I couldn’t resist the cute, little bakelite containers with Visconti ink cartridges. As I bought the Pelikan P205 in order to be able to use international standard cartridges, I might as well try a few.

The brown, I wrote about in previous post, but here it is again — this time in a wetter pen [Nemosine Singularity]. The blue has gotten here too. I felt excited about that before it arrived, because of some review I’d read. Also by online samples. Okay, it’s a nice blue ink, but nothing more. It’s very close to Quink or Sheaffer Skrip.

the blues


These are a few of the blue inks I have. There are two I really dislike. I didn’t bother with them since I didn’t have any pen inked up with them.

They are Sailor’s blue and Graf von Faber Castell Cobalt. Those were a total waste. I have since learnt to always order samples first.

The last line in this sample is Sailor Jentle Souten. It’s almost more green than blue. But it smells good 🙂


more blue [180/365]

IMG_3016Just received a bottle of blue ink, that I’d ordered from Amazon. This little glass bottle was delivered by FedEx.

It’s something about FedEx … I always expect it to be at least a box of some sort, not a lightweight envelope. Anyway, it’s here now. I’ve found this Cross ink to be the most fast-drying, even when I write on the extremely, smooth paper in my Clairefontaine notebook. I still write with my hand in the hooked position, so I keep dragging it over the text. Not one sign of smudging!

The other day, I learned something new, from an acquaintance. He’d posted a photo of his new fountain pen on Facebook, and we started talking a little about that. Turns out I can fill up the empty cartridges with regular ink, by using a syringe with a long needle. I had no idea, and wouldn’t have come up with it, myself, either.

This whole thing, with the fountain pen, has been such a delightful experience! Just the fact that I can use one, in spite of being left-handed, plus the fact that at this ripe age, I’m getting a fairly decent handwriting — something I always wished for. Not that I have much to write, but there are people who have thought of that already: 18 things to do with an empty notebook. So now I can make use of, at least some, of my notebooks. Not the Moleskine ones, though — they’re not for fountain pens. I write my three Morning Pages still … I’m up to perhaps eight days now, and I still like it.

New Blue [179/365]



I like the colour blue for web pages. Not necessarily for clothes — it all depends on what shade of blue it is. Usually, it doesn’t go well with my complexion — I tend to look very ill.

Years ago, I fell in love with IKB, meaning International Klein Blue. Yves Klein was an artist who claimed this particular colour blue as his own. There’s a lot to read about IKB here, in the Wikipedia page.

I found out about this colour perhaps ten years ago, and those online translator tools were less sophisticated then (not saying they’re any good now). Wanted to read more about this artist, Yves Klein, found some webpage in German, and did the Google translation. Turned out it consequently translated his name too (Klein = little, small) so the text turned out rather hilarious than anything else. That was a parenthesis.

The other day, I came across an article online, about how they’ve discovered a new colour blue. In 2009 they discovered a new pigment, somehow by accident, and it’s namned YInMn after its elemental makeup. If you’re an artist, dealing with paint and colours all the time, thinking about pigments like this might be a normal thing, but if you’re not, it’s kind of interesting to read about how colours actually are made up. When you’re just using the eye-dropper on your computer to see what the hexadecimal number is for a colour you happen to like or want to use … IKB has #120A8F, in case you’re interested 🙂. I know it by heart, because I used it so much.


This new blue colour, I don’t know whether it has a hexadecimal number yet. It’s probably possible to find out, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.


WP Weekly ~ half-light [86/365]

Share a photograph inspired by a favorite poem, verse, story, or song lyric. Bonus points if you share why the particular text resonates with you. (Though you certainly don’t have to!) If you’re not feeling especially literary or musical this week, see if you can capture the beauty of morning or evening half-light in your corner of the globe.

This picture was shot in my Swedish hometown, around 11 o’clock ,a night in June. The light was blue … it was as if the air, itself, was blue.

blue bothnia

I tried to associate this picture with a poem or a song, as suggested in the challenge. For some reason, this song that I hadn’t heard for years, kept popping up in my mind, and I couldn’t come up with anything else.

Just Thursday Bloghop ~ Celebrating the Mundane

Already a week has gone by — but what a difference a week can make! We were considering the risk of flooding here, with the snow/ice melt, and now there’s a great risk of grass fires.

For this week’s blog hop, I’ve chosen a blue photo. There actually was a thought behind this … guess it must have been ‘recycling’. The label on the pen says that it’s made out of 89% recycled material, and since it’s the same colour as the water bottle, which hopefully will be recycled … get it?! LOL

Take a picture of something you see or use every day, write a little something about it, and post a link to your blog here in the comments section. Also, check out Mara’s and Myfanwy’s blogs.