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Friday, July 8, 2011

July 2011 Ink Drop Reveal!



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We decided to take a risk and really go out on a limb with July's Ink Drop theme, Flashlight Tag. Choosing colors like we did can go either way, either you will love them or hate them! We've heard some of both, but overall, we've been hearing a lot of enthusiasm about this month's Drop.



We wanted to make this video to help with a few things:
  • Explain the different 'parts' in the Drop
  • Show how to fill the highlighter pen
  • Show how to use the UV light
  • Show what other inks are UV reactive

Now normally we would include 5 colors, but we did something a little different. Instead, we included an eyedropper converted Platinum Preppy highlighter, a plastic pipette, and a Noodler's UV LED blacklight. We thought that would make up for only 4 colors ;)

Here are the colors for this month: 
  • Noodler's Blue Ghost
  • Noodler's Firefly
  • Noodler's Dragon Catfish Green
  • Noodler's Dragon Catfish Pink
We're aware of the fact that this month is an all Noodler's ink month, and for those of you who don't like Noodler's, we apologize. They are the only ones with a selection of UV reactive inks, which is what we were going for here! All of the inks are fountain pen friendly, you can use them in your pen or in a highlighter like what we've supplied.

This has been a really fun theme and the feedback we've been getting so far has been quite enthusiastic! These inks are great if you're trying to get your kids interested in pens, they'll have a blast :)

It's not too late (as of this posting) to sign up, you can still get this month's Ink Drop through July 14th. Let us know what you think! We'd love to hear your comments.

27 comments:

  1. I loved receiving the Ink Drop for the Flashlight tag theme.  Receiving the little flashlight was totally unexpected, as was the preppy pen.  I thought it was more fun than practical, and wish more things in life were like this.

    Nice job, Goulets!

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  2. Thanks so much, Goulets! I have always wanted to try this, but honestly I never would have gone and bought them myself--would have said to myself that it wasn't practical or whatever, and just bought another normal ink instead. So yall went ahead and gave me everything I needed to make it work, and my inner critic can just be quiet and have fun. Gonna have to buy a bottle of Blue Ghost now...

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  3. Thanks so much for an AWESOME Ink Drop! I felt like a little kid on summer vacation when I opened the package and saw all of the goodies! (yes, the flashlight, pen and pipette definitely make up for the 5th ink sample - and then some)

    I also appreciate your demo video. I didn't realize that these inks could also be used in regular fountain pens. They will be fun to use for writing and drawing in my art journal this summer.

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  4. What a fabulous idea!  I've been using Blue Ghost to play "international super spies" with my nieces for a couple of years, but this new light makes it much easier to create our top secret messages.  I'm looking forward to trying some more of the highlighter inks since my bottle of firefly is starting to dwindle.  Any tips for attaching the black light to a pen with the band so you can see what you're writing?  I have not mastered that, yet.  
    Outstanding concept, as always, Goulets!

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  5. Speeble - try attaching the band to your finger instead of the pen. That worked pretty well for me.

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  6. Haha, 'more fun than practical', that's a pretty good way to put it for this month! Of course, highlighters can be practical if that's what you need... ;)

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  7. That's what Ink Drop is all about, expanding your ink horizon :)

    I haven't done any 'direct' comparison between the highlighter pen and the Parallel with highlighter ink, that would be a good head-to-head to do on a variety of book papers. Does anyone else have experience using the two to compare?

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  8. I'm so glad you like it! In retrospect, I could have included a whole lot more information in the drop than I did, so I'm sorry for leaving you 'in the dark' (pun!). ;)

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  9. Yeah, attaching it to the pen works okay, but your fingers tend to block some of the light  :P Putting it on your finger can help.

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  10. William McFarlandJuly 8, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    I love this ink drop. I have been using the Dragon Orange for a while now and it is great to get new colors. One question, how does Firefly compare to Year of the Golden Pig in color?

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  11. Not just for kids--LOL!  I'm 60 years old and have already talked about it on my blog and found out some people actually have black lights!  So they will eventually be receiving invisible letters!  This was such fun!  And something I would have been leery of buying without sampling first.  So glad you included a highlighter pen and the whole shebang!  Awesome!!  :)

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  12. I'd like to know that too!

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  13. This is the best $10 I spent all year.  My 6 year old has been playing with it all week.  I am about out of all the samples so I guess I will have to buy more when those run out.  It was an awesome way to get him back into writing over the summer break from school.  It also resulted in me having to buy him a Pelikano Jr. pen.  Overall it really sparked his interest in writing beyond doing it just to learn.  So all in all this month's ink drop was fun and it got my son into thinking writing is fun.  Now that is a win/win situation!

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  14. I loved this theme too - so much so that after trying all my goodies with a dip pen, I ordered a bottle of Blue Ghost :D Hadn't thought of putting the flashlight on my finger so I could see what I'm writing - that's an excellent idea. You guys are the best!

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  15. YOGP is more of a solid 'yellow' color, it's more saturated than Firefly. Also, YOGP is bulletproof, so it's better if you're looking for your highlighting to be permanent! Firefly is more like a traditional highlighter yellow, a chartreuse color.

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  16. Haha, that's awesome! I can see a new fad of penpals sending secret invisible letters to each other ;) You're welcome for all the goodies, I'm getting such a trip from all the enthusiasm coming from this Drop!

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  17. That's so awesome! Writing is one of those things that your kids can carrying with them the rest of their lives, getting them interested in it early on is such an important thing to do! It really makes me smile to think of all the fun kids (and adults!) are having with these inks right now :) I can't wait until my own son is old enough to get into all this stuff! Right now he just takes my (cheapo) pens and throws them behind the sofa! He's 18 months ;)

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  18. Blue Ghost is such a cool and unique ink, I'm so glad Nathan is an ink genius and comes up with stuff like that. Thank you for the compliments, let me know how you like the flashight on your finger!

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  19. I received my ink drop this morning and was baffled. I have quite a lot of inks, but no highlighter inks, yet. I always wanted to try them, but then you forget. Then you think, ok, definitely in my next order, repeat as often as you like...
    I also adore the idea of a "secret" ink! It is just fun, but nothing legal should be that much fun...
    I can't wait until my godson is old enough to really write, then I have to get two bottles of blue ghost...

    The highlighter ink will be test run in the office on Monday. I am quite interested in how that works out...

    All in all the most surprising ink drop for me, but great fun all around...

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  20. This theme was a great idea! I've been curious about UV reactive inks but never tried any of them. They almost make me wish my job duties hadn't changed at work! lol (I used to use highlighters every day but now only need them once in awhile) I don't think I actually *need* full bottles of any of these, but it's tempting. :) They're fun to play with! Oh, and I'm glad to know that they can be used in a regular fountain pen - I thought they could, but I wasn't positive.

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  21. I'm glad you like it Sven! Haha, baffled is a good word for it ;) I knew we'd confuse some people, that's a lot of why I did this video!

    Do let us know on here how the highlighter ink works out for you! I'm eager to hear :)

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  22. I think a lot of people have been curious about the UV inks, but it's most definitely the kind of thing you can easily put off because it's not usually a 'necessity'. We had fun in mind with this drop, and I'm glad it's been just that :)  And yes, they can be used in regular pens. I didn't realize how many people also didn't realize this, so we'll have to all spread the word!

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  23. July Ink Drop - BEST...ONE....EVEEEEEEERRRRRR!  I always look forward to the surprize in my Goulet parcel every month but this month I was yipping like a kid!  I haven't watched the video yet but what a perfect accompaniment (sp?).
    Just when I think it doesn't get any better - you guys come through!
    Thank you Goulets!

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  24. Put it around the cap of the pen. Slip it up so the band goes under the clip or over depending on the size of the clip and the elastic and post the pen. Works perfect with a preppy.

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  25. You really outdid yourself with this one. I loved the included toys. I've been playing with Firefly. Have not yet used the Ghost or the others, but did shine the UV on them in the vials for fun. I am not a big Noodler's user any more. When I was a Noob I started with some Noodler's purples, but I no longer put them in my vintage pens. I usually carry a vial of distilled water with me when I go out to re-start any dry nibs. 
    Thanks for remembering that kids come in all ages.

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  26. I'm so glad you liked it :) We keep trying to outdo ourselves, and we feel we did it once again here.

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  27. We didn't intend to do all-Noodler's on this one, but that's how it had to happen to get the UV reaction we needed for the theme. We had a good time with it, and it was a big hit for just about everyone :)

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