poppies

Ideally, I would like to merge my 'new' interest for handwriting and fountain pens into this blog without boring my readers to death. When an old blog, all of a sudden, takes on a completely different direction ... usually, you lose! My blog didn't have a direction so it shouldn't be that much of a …

impulse purchase

On Boxing Day [the day after Christmas], I was aimlessly browsing Amazon when this fountain pen appeared before me. It wasn't on my radar -- I'm not even sure it's a pen I would have been interested in normally. However, the picture and the price appealed to me, and I thought “What the heck?! I'll …

purple

Can't say I've had much luck with purple inks. Tried J. Herbin's Violette Pensée ... it just never dried, and I'm left handed. It looked stunningly beautiful while wet! When it eventually dried, some 30 minutes later, on Tomoé River paper, it turned more blue-ish. The example above is Diamine's Amazing Amethyst. I like the …

Visconti

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, …

pink!

I've bought my first, pink ink. This is really weird ... «me, getting a pink ink?!» Of all colours ... But here I am with a full bottle of Pelikan's colour of the year 2012; Edelstein Turmaline. I'd been eyeing it for some time -- knowing it's sold out everywhere else. I put it in …

new ink

Not only my three packs of ink cartridges, but also a Sheaffer Sagaris fountain pen arrived. The latter was unexpected. It was said to arrive Wednesday. I bought it basically because of the price (!). I paid $22. Thought it was cheaper because of the, perhaps less attractive colour, but the next minute I clicked …