Goulet Pens Inknouveau November Ink Drop Entry

I know I’ve been taking a little break from blogging. Excuses are as follows: I’ve been working on my entry for Goulet Pens November Ink Drop contest. Work on my entry took most of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Hey, the pressure is on, have you seen the other entries? I started work on my entry as soon as I received my Ink Drop package. As you remember soon after I received it, I had some clean up to do as I spilled Diamine Ochre all over the place, on the table, on me and on my ink sample page. Once I recovered, I was on to thinking of what to do for my entry.

I was inspired by the lovely fall colors of the November Ink Drop. I also took inspiration from the beautiful trees in my Olympia, Washington neighborhood. This year we had an exceptional long dry sunny fall that coaxed the most beautiful colors into the leaves. I used all the colors in the Ink Drop: De Atramentis Mahatma Gandhi (fluorescent), Diamine Ochre, Noodler’s Cayenne, Noodler’s Tiananmen and Rohrer & Klinger Morinda. I used watercolor technique for the ink wash, a Hero pen and a Sheaffer Crest pen.

I thought you might enjoy seeing the work in progress. As I took pictures of the early work I realized that the Goulets put in a little holiday surprise in the November Ink Drop, De Atramentis Mahatma Gandhi is definitely fluorescent.

I was so impressed with Noodler’s Tiananmen and Diamine Ochre that I ordered bottles of each right away. I needed the Ochre because I managed to spill most of it and it’s just a wonderful saturated, shading brown. Tiananmen is a deep red, heavy on the saturation and performs well in pens and on the page.






Seattle Pen Club Meeting November 18, 2012

I was very fortunate to attend a meeting of the Seattle Pen Club! This was my very first fountain pen club meeting and it was wonderful. Everyone was welcoming and so willing to share their wisdom and talk about fountain pens and inks. I was so impressed with the pen collections. As our host, George Long, requested, everyone brought their fall colored pens. You can see by the photos there were impressive pen collections at the table.

I got to try a Sailor 1911 with a John Mottishaw nib. Bill Sexauer says, try this pen. I tried it. It was so smooth and light to the hand, the line it laid down was expressive, not too wide. Wow. He said, it’s the best writer I’ve ever had. I said, Bill this is one of the best writers anyone could have. I have a Pelikan 800 M with a Greg Minuskin 1.1 stub, it is also an excellent pen with very good nib, the Mottishaw is better in my humble opinion.

I brought my collection of ink samples, most of them are from Goulet Pens. We had a great time trying different colors in pens. Jim Wolfe did a beautiful pen lettering trial of J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite. This ink if you haven’t tried it, lays down red when wet and dries to a red shading to brown sheen. It was spectacular in Spencerian script. I’ll post a picture of the lettering tomorrow. Jim took most of the pictures of the pen club meeting, the non-blurry ones.

I was able to see an Esterbrook sac replacement. In what I’m learning is typical fountain pen enthusiast generosity, Ken Schillinger replaced the sac. He also shared information on what he was doing, the adhesive and talc he used. I was so impressed. John, the person who brought the pen, he said now he can write his Christmas cards and tried to talk Ken into letting him buy him a cup of coffee. Ken said, now you know how, do one for someone who needs a sac replacement.

If you look at the pictures, you’ll notice a father and son. The boy is looking on with real interest as a member was talking pens.

I didn’t get to talk to everyone and if I’ve mangled some names, please accept my apologies, again my thanks.










Today, et us all remember our brave soldiers.


Today as we know, it is Remembrance Sunday, or Armistice Day. A day on which we pay our respects to servicemen and women in the Great Wars, and conflicts to this day. We hold a silence at 11 o’clock, AM, to this respect.
Now, I am not particularly one for poetry. I prefer literature and song. My attitude for poetry is not shifted for war poetry, but for one poem. It is of course ‘In Flanders Fields’, by John Mccrae. This is one of the only poems I enjoy, and I will lay it now in respect of Armistice, at 11AM on the 11th November, 1918.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw…

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I’ve been working on improving my handwriting. As usual my workspace is intensely messy with fountain pens, ink, paper. Today I put down a few lines with j. Herbin Bleu Pervence and Pouissere de Lune among others. A partial Los of pens: Platinum Sterling Silver nib fine 18 kt white gold, Cross medium nib 14 kt yellow gold, various Sheaffers, Pilot 78G Italic BB, wing sung 233, Plilot PG 200, Waterman Carene Stub, Montblanc 22, Montblanc 22, Perker 21, Montblanc 144, Twisbi 540 and Mini. Some of the inks: Sheaffer blue, De Atramentis Bamboo Green, Sandalwood, j. herbin Lierre Sauvage, Diamine Apple Glory, Caran d’Ache Amazon, Caribbean, Montblanc Burgundy, J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir, Enjoy.