Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday Things: The Artist

One of the many wonderful things about fountain pens is their versatility! In addition to everyday writing, fountain pens are extremely useful tools when creating calligraphy and art. We love showing different ways to use them in our Monday Matchup series, and more recently we interviewed sketch artist Liz Steel to share some artful insight in the world of sketching. So flip to an empty page in your notebook, relax, and see where your pen takes you. Here are some of our favorite products to get you inspired!

Find our Thursday Things Artist shopping guide here. Featured products from left to right:

Rhodia No. 18 Notepad - Black, Blank, $9
Pilot Parallel Package set, $32
Goulet Ink Syringe Set, $4.95
Midori Traveler’s Sketch Notebook Refill, $7.20
Black Lamy Joy Fountain Pen - 1.5mm, $28
Leuchtturm A5 Notebook - Black, Blank, $19.50
Noodler’s Art Nib Pack, $6
Noodler’s Ahab Brush Pen, $23
Rohrer & Klingner Dip Pen, $30
De Atramentis Document Ink Black, $19.95
Noodler’s Ahab Pima Tortoise, $23
De Atramentis Document Ink Sample Set, $15.75

Noodler's Nib Pack
Lamy Joy - Black, 1.5mm
De Atramentis Document Ink - Black
De Atramentis Document Ink Samples 
Noodler's Ahab Brush Pen
Midori Traveler's Refill - Sketch Notebook

Do you have a favorite pen and paper combo to use for sketching?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Rainbow of Possibilities: The Pilot Parallel Rainbow Set

Pilot Parallel fountain pens offer a crash course into the calligrapher's experience. These pens are great for beginners because you can start practicing calligraphy without the mess of dip pens. Available in four fantastic nib sizes (1.5mm Italic, 2.4mm Italic, 3.8mm Italic, and 6mm Italic), these pens will spark your imagination. Create flourishes and fancy scripts with just a little practice.

We offer the pens separately, but you can also get all four available in a package set. You'll get all four pens, complete with 2 cartridges, a cleaning converter for each, and a package of Pilot Parallel Mixable Colour Assorted Pack cartridges all for $32. It's the Pilot Parallel Rainbow Set, perfect for getting you started on your calligraphy journey!

Pilot Parallel 1.5mm Italic
Pilot Parallel 2.4mm Italic

Pilot Parallel 3.8mm Italic

Pilot Parallel 6.0mm Italic

Want to see what these awesome pens can do? See some examples from around the #GouletNation! There are some truly talented calligraphers out there that can make these pens sing, but they are fun for anyone interested in creating interesting scripts from beginners to old hands. 

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If you'd like to see these pens in action, watch Rachel's first video ever on the Pilot Parallels. She breaks the pen apart, shows you how they work, and demonstrates a technique for gradiating multiple inks together.

You can find each pen individually, and the entire Pilot Parallel Rainbow Set on Gouletpens.com.

Have you used Pilot Parallel pens before? What do you think of them?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Goulet Guests: Spotlight on Liz Steel

We have a new video series that we're starting called Goulet Guests! It's a spin on our regular weekly Goulet Q&A, though instead of me (Brian) sitting alone, I'll be doing Skype interviews with other interesting people in the pen community. In the past I've interviewed Nathan Tardif of Noodler's, Brian Gray of Edison Pens, and Dante Del Vecchio and Mark Coles of Visconti. I hope to interview many more people and make this a regular thing.

This interview kicks it off strong with urban sketching legend and educator Liz Steel. Liz has been a fangirl of Goulet for some time now, and we've been following her and learning a lot from her sketching tutorials for a long time. When the idea came up to interview her, it was a natural fit.

In this video, Liz and I are speaking from halfway across the world, as she's in Australia and we're in the US (Virginia). The conversation flows very naturally so I don't have specific time markers, but these are some of the high points of what we discuss:

  • What is her background, how did she first get into sketching? 
  • What are her most indispendsable tools (pens, ink, paper)?
  • What first gave her the idea to use fountain pens? 
  • What is her method for sketching? 
  • What gave you the push to leave architecture and get into art education full time?
  • What's the best way for someone interested in sketching to start?
  • How has sketching changed or enhanced her life? 
  • What is the urban sketching community like, especially the global meetups?

We created a package set on our site specifically for Liz Steel based on her recommendations, check that out here! We have a shopping guide she helped us put together for sketching, too, check it out here.

Thanks again to Liz for doing this interview, it was a total blast. We'll be doing more interviews coming up, this is going to become a thing :) Next on the docket is Kara Benz from Boho Berry talking about bullet journaling, look for that sometime next week!

photo credited to lizsteel.com

What do you think of the Goulet Guest format, and Liz Steel? I'd love to hear your comments below.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

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