Thursday, March 7, 2013

March 2013 Ink Drop Reveal & Contest

March 2013's Ink Drop theme was "Fade to Black", featuring a grey-black range of colors. The 5 ink colors we chose were:

  Now on to this month's contest! Here are the contest entry guidelines/rules:
  1. You can submit any kind of writing or artwork. It can be an ink review, a poem, a watercolor wash, a sketch, swabs, lettering, or even get all scientific with chromatography... it just has to be ink on paper. 
  2. You must use all five Ink Drop colors. 
  3. It would be awesome if it relates to the theme, but not required. 
  4. Entry can be submitted electronically (email rachel@gouletpens.com) or via snail mail (The Goulet Pen Company, 10201 Maple Leaf Court, Ashland, VA 23005). Any physical submissions will become our property to hang up on our letter wall. :) 
  5. Entry must be received by March 31, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. 
  6. You can submit as many entries as you like, but you will only be eligible for one prize. 
  7. Please include your name and email when submitting your entry so that we can contact you if you're a winner! 
  8. The voting period will be open on April 1, 2013 and close a few days later. It will be announced through Ink Nouveau with a link to the image gallery and a link to vote.
  9. The entries will be divided into two categories: Writing and Art. The entry in each category receiving with the most votes will win a $25 GouletPens.com gift certificate (two total). The runners-up in each category will each receive a $10 gift certificate (two total). That's four prizes in all! We'll announce the winners on Ink Nouveau after the voting period ends.
Curious about Ink Drop? Click here to learn more about our monthly ink sample subscription program. Email us if you have any questions, and let us know what you thought of this month's colors in the comments below!


  1. For someone whose favorite inl is Noodler's Lexington Gray, these colors have me pretty excited! I definitely will check out that Diamine Graphite. I like it's greenish cast.

  2. Good! I've actually gotten a few angry emails from folks who are quite peeved at the all grey/black inks this month, go figure! It's always a little risky doing themes around a single color, because I know I'm going to hear from a few unhappy folks. I figured with these inks I'd be pretty safe (black is the most popular ink color), but no :P But we've been neglecting black inks for a while, so we wanted to represent.

  3. In my ink drop this month I noticed that the Lamy Black "stuck" to the walls of the containers, but the other inks did not. What property of the ink am I am observing in the Lamy Black that is not present in the other black inks?

  4. Honestly? I don't know why some inks do that and others don't. It has nothing to do with permanence, flow, or anything like that. Some inks stick to the vials more than others, but there doesn't seem to be a single common trait that causes that, at least that's anything advertised (ink companies are notoriously protective of their formulations).

  5. Waski_the_SquirrelMarch 14, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    I like black: it's my favorite type of ink. I also liked this theme.

    My talents do not lie in the direction of this contest, so I won't be entering. (I write, and the content of the writing is what I can do, not the form of the writing.) Nevertheless, I look forward to seeing the results!

  6. I'm glad you liked it! Boy, you should have seen some of the angry emails we got from people who didn't like this month, yowza! We normally try to stay away from themes of all one color, but we haven't used a lot of blacks/grays lately, and we thought since blacks are so popular we'd be pretty safe. But hey, pretty much every month we have some that love it, and some that don't. I'm glad you do :)

  7. Castelo, from BrazilMarch 24, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Well, I just sing in for Ink Drop this month, with is a good thing. The
    choice is good and bad for me.. hehehe.. It is bad because I sing in for
    variation and wild colours, but it is good because I will be able to use all
    the five colours at work :) Thank you for your excellent work and amazing effort.


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