Marina is from Italy but is now living in the USA. She recently sent us this photo for our “In Your Bag” Photo Page.
From Marina: “ I love my 6X9 Weekly Notebook, it has great paper that allows me to use fountain pens (my favorite). I dressed it up with a FABRICA Bookband so I always have my writing instruments available. My 3 Lamy Safari fountain pens are, of course, in the colors of the Italian flag, The white one holds J. Herbin scented violet ink (violet in color and scent :-): when I write with it it’s scent-sational!!!! And, finally, the 80g paper notepad with purple grid.”
If you are a fountain pen user or are looking to become one, it is helpful to know how best to clean and maintain your pen(s). Assembled below are a series of links which can help get you started: Continue Readering »
I like seeing what kinds of desk decorations people keep within their workspace. Back when I worked in an office I had lots of crystals surrounding the computer in my cubicle and many pictures of my friends on the walls.
What kinds of things make you feel happy or comfortable within your work space? Do you have items that keep you more focused and serious, or things that are more fun and playful? What is the most unique item on your desk?
Image courtesy of aleks111 on Instagram
Sometime back in grade school, I collected stamps and had a subscription to receive them “on approval” – this meant that businesses like the Jamestown Stamp Company would send you an envelope filled with stamps that you could either purchase or send back.
One of the coolest things I discovered in those approval packages wasn’t a stamp, but an envelope that had the remnants of a red wax seal. My Mom told me that those types of seals were once used by kings to seal important messages and I remember running my finger over the broken wax wondering what important documents that envelope might have once held.
Have you had the opportunity to try J. Herbin’s latest 1670 Series Anniversary ink, Bleu Ocean?
In lieu of testing it in a fountain pen, I opted for the “everything else I could find in my studio” approach Continue Readering »
From our friend Lorna Mulligan: ENCRE ET CHOCOLAT is an exhibition of contemporary calligraphic work by Les Calmars of Montreal. This is their fifth exhibition together and features a theme close to every writer’s heart… the exchanges that happen around pots of ink and the sharing of chocolate! Lorna’s piece shown above, entitled Goûte le passé is an exploration of Proust’s text, using Herbin inks and gouache on paper.
Did someone say chocolate? Rhodiarama Webbie shown in Chocolate.
Mike Rivera left a comment on yesterday’s post about finding his own missing pen beneath a sofa cushion and suggested we look under our own to possibly do the same. I asked my husband to lift up the cushions and while I didn’t initially see anything, he then ran his hand around the back seam and pulled both pens out with one grab. He handed them to me with a big smile and I sat holding the pens completely gobsmacked. Why? Because I’d ripped both my house and studio apart numerous times trying to find these pens, yet all it took was a suggestion from a stranger on where to look for me to find them.
The funny thing is that I wasn’t really *missing* these pens because I had many others I could use – but when I discovered that I didn’t know their whereabouts, it became an obsession to find them. Though I’d checked under and behind the sofa, it never occurred to lift the cushions because I never sit on the sofa to write – but now I clearly remember the one day I did.
Another great gift idea for your favorite fountain pen user would be a new bottle (or three) of J. Herbin fountain pen ink. J. Herbin inks are non toxic, pH neutral, lightfast, water based, and are available in 30 colors. The inks are made from all natural dyes and are smooth flowing and fast drying. Each 30 ml bottle is elegantly labeled and has an integrated pen rest. They are known as “D bottle pen inks” with the “D” referring to the old French unit of measure “la Demi Courtine”
I have personally tried all of the Herbin fountain pen inks with the exception of the new Ocean Blue 1670 Anniversary Ink. My favorites include Perle Noire, Orange Indien, and Violette Pennse.
Which of these inks are your favorites? Are they on your holiday wish list?
This past Friday (November 2nd) was The first EVER National Fountain Pen Day and I’m wondering how you chose to celebrate. Did you buy a new bottle of ink? Swap out the summery colors in your pens for ones to better represent fall and the changing leaves? Or maybe you treated yourself to a new or vintage pen – if so, tell me! I’d love to hear. I myself inked up my Pelikan M200 and was writing about Hurricane Sandy in my blank Webbie.
Didn’t get a chance to celebrate? Let’s make a whole month out of this holiday!
The image above is from Ivan Romero – ivan365 on Instagram.
In a recent comment, one of our fans asked if we might know where to get a fountain pen repaired. My suggestion would be to post your specific needs to the forums over on the Fountain Pen Network. (Loads of good people there.) I myself have mostly had nibs adjusted or modified and can personally speak to the quality of work performed by Richard Binder, Pendemonium, and Mr. Nagahara from the Sailor pen company.
Karen recently received some questions about Herbin’s Perle Noire ink. Since this is one I have reviewed and regularly use, I’d be happy to respond.
Is this ink a really dark black? While I haven’t tried every black ink on the market, Continue Readering »
Several years ago when I first started writing with a fountain pen, I quickly discovered that many brands of paper did not play well with the water based fountain pen inks that I had grown to love. This lead to my somewhat obsessive testing & publicly reviewing various paper, pen & ink products on my personal blog biffybeans.com. While some brands like our Rhodia & Clairefontaine products are known to be fountain pen ink friendly, (no bleedthrough, seethrough or feathering) this recent post on the Writer’s Bloc blog says it best:
“Each fountain pen nib, each brand of ink, each color of ink and the paper in each notebook or journal will interact differently when used with each other. The equation pen + paper + ink = good/bad results changes each time you change a component of the equation.”
I’ve also found that humidity can sometimes be a factor in how quickly the ink dries (or fails to dry) on the page.
Have you found a specific combination of paper/pen/ink that you are happy with?
As summer moves towards fall, I wonder how many of our fountain pen friends are swapping out bright blue and vivid green inks for fiery oranges and deep brown ones. I personally like to use whatever I’m inspired by in any given moment – but then again, I’m also not one to swap out summer clothes for winter ones. I think it’s because I live in a constant state of denial pertaining to the weather here in the northeast US.
I don’t currently have many pens inked up, but what I am using is: Continue Readering »
Did you ever question the names of J. Herbin’s inks? From what I understand, the chosen names for each color are poetic to preserve the originality of the brand, and as a French tradition.
For Example: Rose Tendresse shown above, whose name translates to English as “Tenderness Pink,” This is the rose of love and the flowers of the same name and symbol of love. The color represents the feeling of love and also tenderness shared by 2 lovers.
You can read about each of the names of the 30 inks on the J Herbin website. While you are there, feel free to poke around the rest of the site. Lost of great information to be found!
2011 Long Island Pen Show
this Saturday & Sunday 5-6 March 2011
Sponsored by the Long Island Pen Club
Hofstra University Student Center Multi-purpose Room 101
Hempstead, Long Island, New York
Saturday 5 March 2011
* 8:00-10:00 am Pre-show admission, open to exhibitors and weekend traders.
* 10:oo am -6:00 pm Open to the public
Sunday 6 March 2011
* 8:00-10:00 am Pre-show admission, open to exhibitors and weekend traders.
* 10:oo am -4:00 pm Open to the public