Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Write Bright! Rhodia ColoR Notepads in 7 Happy Hues

We're so excited to see Rhodia expand their collection of No. 16 Notepads! These are some of the most popular notepads around the office because of their practical size, their fantastic paper, and useful design attributes. Each A5 notepad features a 'soft touch' fold back cover and microperforated paper but the new ColoR collection adds a bit of pop to the normal orange or black selection. The notepads feature 70 sheets of lined ivory paper. The paper is 90g, acid-free, and pH neutral making it ideal for fountain pen use.

Want to match your favorite fountain pen and ink to your notepad? No problem! Here are the seven colors available:

  1. Rhodia No. 16 Premium ColoR Notepad - Anis Green, Lined
  2.  Rhodia No. 16 Premium ColoR Notepad - Chocolate, Lined
  3.  Rhodia No. 16 Premium ColoR Notepad - Raspberry, Lined
  4.  Rhodia No. 16 Premium ColoR Notepad - Red, Lined
  5.  Rhodia No. 16 Premium ColoR Notepad - Taupe, Lined
  6.  Rhodia No. 16 Premium ColoR Notepad - Turquoise, Lined
  7.  Rhodia No. 16 Premium ColoR Notepad - Violet, Lined 
Rhodia No. 16 Premium ColoR Notepad - Anis Green

Rhodia No. 16 Premium ColoR Notepad - Chocolate
Rhodia No. 16 Premium ColoR Notepad - Raspberry
Rhodia No. 16 Premium ColoR Notepad - Red
Rhodia No. 16 Premium ColoR Notepad - Taupe
Rhodia No. 16 Premium ColoR Notepad - Turquoise

Rhodia No. 16 Premium ColoR Notepad - Violet
Front/Back writing sample

You can find these colorful Rhodia notepads at Gouletpens.com for $7.00. Which one will you be adding to your collection?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Monday, October 5, 2015

Monday Matchup #68: Faber-Castell Loom - Piano Plum with Noodler's Purple Heart

Hi fountain pen friends! Sarah, Gouletpens.com's Product Photographer, here.

This week it was my turn to pick Monday Matchup. I chose a Faber-Castell Loom Piano Plum with a Medium nib and Noodler's Purple Heart. The fountain pen has a shiny silver barrel with a matte silver grip section and a lovely purple cap. I worked with a Faber-Castell Loom for a Monday Matchup around this time last year and knew I loved the pen. I just didn't remember how much!

I started my work on this piece on the first day of October. It was rainy and blustery here in Ashland and you could really feel the beginning of fall. Small garden birds played outside my window and I decided they would make a great subject to capture with this fountain pen and ink. I took my Clairefontaine Triomphe tablet and got to work.

First, I drew a loose outline of the birds in pencil. I tapped the tip of my water-filled brush pen in the cap of the ink to get just a little bit of color. I started with the lightest areas of the birds and leaves, gently applying more layers to get a gradual deepening of color. I set it aside to dry. Once it was dry, I used the pen to add the darkest colors and sketch in all the details. I outlined each bird and leaf, giving them crisp edges. I added in the feet on the birds and the veins on the leaves. Finally, I wrote in my quote.

The pen was a dream! I was blown away by the smoothness of the nib. It would glide across the paper, giving lovely full lines. The body is slick, but the grip was matte and felt secure in my hand. This pen would be great for journaling or taking notes, and of course, in art.

I was really surprised by Noodler's Purple Heart. This ink is a Goulet-exclusive, and is part of the Eel series meaning it provides extra lubrication when writing.  I was expecting a deep purple with more blue undertones. Instead, it had more red undertones and when used with a brush pen leaned toward burgundy. I loved the color, but it wasn't what I was expecting at all.

If I were to do this project again, I might choose a different pen and ink combination. I loved both, but they didn't exactly match. I would have found an ink that matched the pen cap better or a pen that matched the ink color better.

Faber-Castell Loom Piano Plum is available at Gouletpens.com for $40. Noodler's Purple Heart is available in a 3oz bottle for $12.50 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

Have you ever been surprised by the color of an ink you chose? Let me know in the comments below!

Write on,


Friday, October 2, 2015

No Goulet Q&A this week!

Happy Friday fountain pen friends! 

There's been a change of plans with Goulet Q&A this week. Unfortunately, Rachel and Ellie Goulet have both been fighting pneumonia, so Brian's been home taking care of them. The good news is that everyone seems to be recovering well! 

Consequently, there was no way to shoot a new episode of Q&A this week, but we didn't want to leave you bereft of fountain pen tips.  We decided to serve you up several slices of past Goulet Q&A episodes based around a theme. One of the most difficult choices in this hobby is knowing what ink is right for you. Gouletpens.com carries over 600 different types alone, with many more available in the world at large. It can get confusing and even frustrating to choose amongst all those options, but luckily Brian has answered questions on everything from the difference of all the Noodler's black inks to mold prevention. You'll even find his personal recommendation for an ink in each color in the slices below. Hopefully, this will curb your thirst for fountain pen knowledge until Brian is back in action!

You all asked some great questions this week, so we'll be saving them for a future episode. Enjoy, and we'll be back to our regular episode of Q&A soon.

1. What is the Difference Between the Noodlers Black Inks?

2. Should You Dispose of Ink After Use or Put it Back in the Bottle?

3. Can You Discuss "Fast Dry" Inks?

  • In general, I (Brian) don’t like them personally
  • I don’t have a need for the fast-dry feature most of the time, and the trade off is too high for me (desaturated color and lack of shading)
  • Noodler’s Bernankes are pretty good, dull colors though

4. What One Ink Would You Recommend For Each Color Category On Gouletpens.com?

5. Are Some Inks More Prone To Clogging Fountain Pens Than Others?

6. Can Mold Infect An Entire Bottle Of Ink? Is There Anything You Can Do To Prevent It?

  • Mold is weird, and it really freaks people out
  • If you had it in your pen, you most certainly exposed your Apache to it
  • Hardcore enthusiasts will tell you to throw it out, I would normally be inclined to agree but it’s really your call
  • Noodler’s does use some pretty legit biocides, it’s RARE I ever hear of a mold issue in a Noodler’s ink
  • Chances are what contamination you had won’t survive in the Apache, but you’re definitely taking that risk so be aware
  • If you use cheap pens it’s probably okay and worth the risk, but expensive pens…it’s safer just to toss the ink and get a new one

7. How Can Ink Color Vary From The Color On The Bottle To Darker Shades Of The Same Color?

  • Flow
  • Nib size makes a huge difference
  • All about ink volume
  • Some inks vary more than others, typically called "shading"

We hope you enjoyed these slices of Q&A! You can find all of the slices from past episodes here. You can also check out the Goulet Q&A library here to see any episodes you might have missed. It's hard to believe episode 100 is right around the corner...
Write on, 
The Goulet Pen Company Team

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