Mike is one of the few who have been with me since the beginning of my blog. He and I are very similar in some respects, both married, in our mid-twenties, performing arts backgrounds, and discovering fountain pens and fine writing for the first time without prior exposure to it growing up. He is a good example of the 'newer' generation of fountain pen users, using the internet to discover a seemingly lost passion. ~Brian Goulet
I’m a relative newcomer to the world of fountain pens. My background is in the performing arts. As both an actor and director I make heavy use of both pen and paper to make notes on scripts, analyze characters, breakdown scenes, and to generally work out difficult bits of a play somewhere other than in my head. I’m also an avid reader and frustrated wannabe writer, so I began carrying around a small Moleskine notebook to keep track of all of the interesting tidbits, factoids, quotes, and scraps of ideas that I came across every day. Since I tend to obsess over small things sometimes I began the hunt for the perfect pen to carry around with me to keep track of my thoughts. Pilot G-2s had long been my pen of choice and after discovering the world of pen blogs I started accumulating Japanese gel pens with microscopic points in a mind boggling array of colors. It was only a matter of time before I bought my first disposable fountain pen and a Rhodia pad. My desk is now splattered with numerous colors of ink, my hands perpetually stained, and I will soon need a shelf dedicated to all of the paper I have started stockpiling.
I stumbled upon Ink Nouveau last fall. I think it was the first fountain pen blog I started to regularly read. Brian was on his third entry or so and my obsession for pen, ink, and paper has steadily grown, largely because of blogs like this and the FPN. I’m very excited to be writing my first ever review as a guest blogger for Ink Nouveau! I hope you find it helpful.
Diamine Mediterranean Blue is an absolutely gorgeous shade of light blue. It is bright, fun, and vibrant but still very readable on both white and ivory paper.
Diamine Mediterranean Blue is available in 2ml ink samples for $1.25 as well as 80ml bottles for $12.50 from The Goulet Pen Company, where you can also find a huge assortment of Clairefontaine, Rhodia, and G. Lalo fine papers.