Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday Things: Back to School

Back to school season is here! It's time to stock up on your gear. Whether you're off to high school, college, grad school, or you're a teacher leading the class, we've got the supplies you need to be prepared for the exciting year ahead. Thursday Things: Back to School offers a collection of our favorite pens, inks, and paper for students and educators alike. If you want to set yourself up for success this school year, be sure to scope out these pieces.

Featured products from left to right:

Noodler’s Black (4.5oz bottle)
Pilot Varsity Fountain Pen Pack - Assorted
Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop Fountain Pen - Purple
TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen - Clear
Nemosine Singularity Fountain Pen - Azalea
Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen - Blue/Grey
Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen - Blue

What is your must-have back-to-school pen, ink, or notebook?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 Video Roundup

It's been a busy 2017 for us here at GPC when it comes to videos! From Ink Tests to Quick Looks to Goulet Guests, we've delivered a variety of educational & interesting content each & every week. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, so you don't miss out! Here's a one-stop-shop for all the videos we've produced in 2017:

Ink Videos
Ink Test - Monteverde Napa Burgundy (January 31, 2017)
Ink Test - Diamine Purple Pazzazz (February 14, 2017)
Ink Test - Monteverde Emerald Green (February 28, 2017)
Ink Test - Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji (March 7, 2017)
Ink Test - Diamine Tropical Glow (March 30, 2017)
Ink Test - Diamine Pink Glitz (April 4, 2017)
Ink Test - Stipula Sapphron (May 4, 2017)
Ink Test - Diamine Meadow (May 9, 2017)
Ink Test - Monteverde Charoite (May 17, 2017)
Ink Test - Montegrappa Turquoise (June 5, 2017)
Ink Test - Noodler's Kiowa Pecan (July 20, 2017)
Ink Test - Lamy Turquoise (July 31, 2017)
INK OFF: J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor vs. Robert Oster Peppermint (May 18, 2017)
Brian's Top 5 Work Appropriate Inks (July 18, 2017)

Quick Looks/Pen Videos
Quick Look: Nock Sinclair (January 25, 2017)
Quick Look: Nock Brasstown (March 17, 2017)
Quick Look: TWSBI Eco (May 16, 2017)
Quick Look: Edison Collier (May 30, 2017)
Quick Look: Aurora Duo Cart (June 20, 2017)
Quick Look: Leuchtturm1917 Some Lines A Day Notebook (June 28, 2017)
Quick Look: Conklin Nighthawk SE Metals (July 24, 2017)
Lamy Al-Star Pacific - 2017 Special Edition (February 9, 2017)
Introducing Karas Kustoms Titanium Nibs (March 6, 2017)
Lamy Safari Petrol - 2017 Special Edition (May 24, 2017)

GPC Quick Tips
GPC Quick Tips - Anatomy of a Fountain Pen (February 23, 2017)
GPC Quick Tips - Jumpstarting a Fountain Pen (March 28, 2017)
GPC Quick Tips - Friction Fit Nib Removal (April 10, 2017)
GPC Quick Tips - Pen Cleaning (May 2, 2017)
GPC Quick Tips - How to Use Caran d'Ache Waterbrush Pens (June 13, 2017)
GPC Quick Tips - Disassembling a Vac700/R (June 27, 2017)

Monday Matchup Time Lapses
Monday Matchup #127 Time Lapse: Karas Kustoms Ink & Diamine Blue Flame (January 30, 2017)
Monday Matchup #129 Time Lapse: Kaweco Liliput Fireblue & Graf von Faber-Castell Garnet Red (February 13, 2017)
Monday Matchup #130 Time Lapse: Nemosine Singularity Aqua & Robert Oster Bondi Blue (February 20, 2017)
Monday Matchup #131 Time Lapse: Faber-Castell Ambition Pearwood & Aurora Black (February 27, 2017)
Monday Matchup #135 Time Lapse: Noodler's Nib Creaper & Robert Oster Tranquility (March 27, 2017)
Monday Matchup #140 Time Lapse: Pelikan M205 Blue Marbled & Diamine Regency Blue (May 1, 2017)
Monday Matchup #142 Time Lapse: Platinum Preppy Markers & Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao (May 15, 2017)
Monday Matchup #145 Time Lapse: Conklin Herringbone & Diamine Denim (June 12, 2017)
Monday Matchup #150 Time Lapse: Monteverde Giant Sequoia & Monteverde Erinite (July 24, 2017)

Top 7 Fountain Pen Wins (January 11, 2017)
Mixing Sealing Wax Colors (February 1, 2017)
Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook Comparison (February 8, 2017)
How to Write with Shimmering Inks (March 22, 2017)
Wednesday Washout (May 3, 2017)
National Notebook Day (May 18, 2017)
Lamy Z28 Converter (May 31, 2017)
Fountain Pen Nib Size Overview (June 14, 2017)
Goulet Guests: Spotlight on Ryder Carroll, Creator of the Bullet Journal (July 11, 2017)

Now that you're all caught up, let us know in the comments what your favorite video of 2017 has been thus far!

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Monday, August 7, 2017

Nemosine Neptune Blue with a Noodler's Neponset Ghostly Lapis: Monday Matchup #152

Drawing of a mermaid with a Noodler's Neponset Ghostly Lapis fountain pen and Nemosine Neptune Blue ink.

Hey there, my name is Jenn D. I am the Executive Assistant to Brian and this is my first Monday Matchup. I am so excited to share with you my pairing of a Noodler's Neponset flex pen in Ghostly Lapis and Nemosine Neptune Blue ink. Read on to hear about the inspiration behind my sea-inspired piece, how I created it, and what I thought of this pen and ink!

I am a great fan of broad and stub nibs, but I’d never used a flex pen. This Monday Matchup was my opportunity to try something new. I knew I wanted to do a sea-themed picture so I looked for an appropriate blue ink. I chose the Nemosine ink specifically because the name fit my intended theme perfectly (I mean come on... Neptune? Seriously perfect!) and the color is beautiful. I love the beach and I am headed to there in a few weeks, so a mermaid drawing seemed just the thing!

To begin, I wrote the quote out several times on regular paper to get a feel for the pen. As I said, I’m a newbie to flex pens; learning to vary my lines was a fun challenge. I watched a few of our videos on flex pens and talked to some team members to get tips on using them. I have a natural tendency to grip my pens really tightly and the Neponset requires pressure to make the nib really flex, so I had to work at figuring out how to flex the pen without fatiguing my hand. Once I had that down, I found a simple mermaid picture and traced it several times to get the outline right. The ink was helpful because it is quite wet and flowed nicely through all of the swooping lines. As I grew more confident in my flex pen usage, I grabbed sheets of Rhodia (my favorite note-taking paper) and Tomoe River to test the drawing out on. I decided to complete the piece on Tomoe for its smoothness under the nib as I wrote. After a few mishaps with smudging and burping ink, I was able to nail this piece on my fourth draft. I finally found the patience to walk away in between outlining the picture and adding details so I didn’t smear the lines on my mermaid. I used the Neponset to color just inside the outline and then followed up with a brush pen dipped in the ink. I spread ink on the spots I wanted the darkest and tried to blend out from there. Then I cleaned the brush pen and applied it to the page with only water in an effort to blend some of the areas where you could see I had stopped and restarted drawing. Overall, the hardest thing was learning to go slow - to write slowly, draw slowly, and put the pen down between steps to let everything dry and settle. I wouldn’t change anything about this matchup; I just needed to learn to have patience and a light grip! This was my very first Monday Matchup and, overall, I was surprised at how fun the process was and how much I enjoyed the end result.

I adore this pen and ink! I have no practical reason to own a flex pen, because I don't write letters or bullet journal, or anything of the sort. I normally only use my pens to take notes and write to-do lists. That said, I loved this pen so much that it is now at the top of my wishlist. The Neponset is a large pen and I have larger hands, so I found it quite comfortable to hold. It's not heavy and it posts, which I prefer. Once I learned to relax my grip, it was a blast writing and drawing with this pen.

The ink is beautiful. The red sheen was a complete surprise to me and I loved it. Plus the huge variety of shades I was able to get using the brush pen was fantastic; it really helped the mermaid appear fluid and watery, like she was actually in the ocean. Because this ink was so wet, I feel like it helped my writing appear smoother. The flex nib and wet ink would make it difficult to use this pen and ink for work or school, but I think this would be a great pen and ink combo for Bullet Journaling or for anything that required gorgeous hand-lettering. It's a great pen and ink combo for artistic work of any kind, really.

Drawing of a mermaid with a Noodler's Neponset Ghostly Lapis fountain pen and Nemosine Neptune Blue ink.
Drawing of a mermaid with a Noodler's Neponset Ghostly Lapis fountain pen and Nemosine Neptune Blue ink.
Drawing of a mermaid with a Noodler's Neponset Ghostly Lapis fountain pen and Nemosine Neptune Blue ink.
Drawing of a mermaid with a Noodler's Neponset Ghostly Lapis fountain pen and Nemosine Neptune Blue ink.
Drawing of a mermaid with a Noodler's Neponset Ghostly Lapis fountain pen and Nemosine Neptune Blue ink.

You can find the Noodler's Neponset Flex Pen in Ghostly Lapis at GouletPens.com for $75. Nemosine Neptune Blue is available in a 35ml bottle for $7.99 or 2ml ink sample for $1.35.

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