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Monday, October 31, 2016

De Atramentis Frankincense with a Monteverde Invincia Orange Fountain Pen: Monday Matchup #116


Happy Halloween, Fountain Pen Friends!!! It's Lydia, back with a special Monday Matchup in celebration of one of my favorite holidays. When I found out my next Monday Matchup fell on Halloween, I knew I wanted to try out the Invincia because it's orange and black. I felt like I could get a somewhat spooky, mysterious but still fun look from a gray ink, so I decided to give Frankincense a try. Read on to hear about my experiences with this pen and ink.

I knew I wanted to do some sort of Jack-o-lantern drawing so I started by tracing those out and filling in the eyes and mouth. Then, I drew the hill underneath and gave the grass a little texture. I was really excited about trying this ink out in my water brushes. I used a blunt tipped syringe to put a few drops of the ink in and started creating a light gray fog for my background. Then I used the brush to blur the lines in my grass a bit as well. I left it overnight to dry. When I came back again, I wrote in the quote. I had seen this saying a lot around the internet and found it super fitting. I wanted to make it a little interesting so I tried to vary my fonts a bit.

I love De Atramentis inks and Frankincense was no exception. It is a nice, wet ink that flows super well. I was able to achieve a good deal of shading, which I liked. This would be a great ink for just about any task. It is a nice shade that is still subdued and reserved but provides a nice change from basic black. The Invincia is a great pen as well. It has enough weight to it that you know the pen is there but it's not heavy at all. It is comfortable both posted and unposted. The cap is quite light so it doesn't add any backweight to the pen at all. The nib on this pen definitely has some feedback to it. I prefer a very super smooth nib with absolutely no feedback, so this wasn't quite my cup of tea (or coffee). It was still a pleasurable experience though. Definitely a great take anywhere, do anything sturdy pen. It would be pretty neat to see poking out of a jacket or shirt pocket too with that bright orange cap! 

You can find the Monteverde Invincia Fountain Pen- Orange for $80 at GouletPens.com. De Atramentis Frankincense is available in a 35ml bottle for $14.95 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.45.  

Follow the directions below for a chance to win this pen and ink. We're excited to see what pen and ink you have matched!
How to enter Monday Matchup Giveaway:
  • Match a pen and ink together. They don't have to match in color, any fountain pen and ink works.
  • Take a picture of your pen and ink matchup. 
  • Find the entry details and instructions below on how to share your picture with us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or as a blog comment*. 
  • You can choose to enter only one way, or submit up to 4 different entries if you'd like. Feel free to use the same picture for all 4 entries.
  • Confirm your entry via the Rafflecopter widget below which will record your entries. This is how we'll draw a random winner. Since it's totally random, you're eligible to win each week! 
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a Rafflecopter giveaway The contest is open Monday, October 31, 2016 at 12pm EDT until Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 12pm EDT. One winner will be randomly selected and announced tomorrow once the contest closes. The winner must live in a country that Goulet Pens currently ships to. Click here to see the Official Contest Rules.

Write on,
Lydia

Friday, October 28, 2016

Goulet Guests: Spotlight on Linda Shrewsbury, Founder of CursiveLogic



We have another awesome 'Goulet Guests' to share with you today as Brian was able to Skype with Linda Shrewsbury, founder of CursiveLogic, an intuitive cursive handwriting teaching system. Linda has turned a desire to help one student learn to sign his name into a system that’s helping thousands of people learn cursive in a practical, fun, and motivational way. She's looking to turn this passion into a way to carry on cursive handwriting in an increasingly time-starved world.

Cursive Logic Workbook

In this episode, Brian & Linda talk about how she developed the method, how quickly one could pick up cursive by using it, and how Kickstarter helped get this project off the ground. Here's an overview of the questions they talked about:

  • For someone who doesn't know what CursiveLogic is, can you briefly explain what the system is all about? 
  • How did you get involved in developing this sort of teaching method? 
  • What was your process in discovering this method? It's been around a long time, but this is a revolutionary spin on it. 
  • How quickly could someone learn the method using the workbook? 
  • Is this designed for teachers to use in the classroom? Or could it be used by anyone wanting to learn/relearn cursive? 
  • Is it faster to relearn as an adult than it is for a kid just starting out with cursive? 
  • How often do you recommend practicing with the CursiveLogic workbook? 
  • What would you consider the ideal age to introduce cursive in this way? 
  • Coming from your teaching background, what's your take on having cursive writing in the required curriculum? 
  • Could you explain the importance of posture when it comes to handwriting? 
  • How important was Kickstarter for you and how did you decide to use that as your platform? 
  • What does the future have in store for CursiveLogic? 

Be sure to check out the CursiveLogic website, and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, & YouTube! You can also find past Goulet Guest interviews here.

Let us know what you thought of the interview in the comments below! How do you feel about this innovative method to learning cursive?

Write on, 
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Fountain Pen Day Giveaway!


The 5th annual Fountain Pen Day is just a week away! Fountain Pen Day takes place on the first Friday of November each year, falling this year on November 4, 2016. The first celebration was held back in 2012, and it's only grown in momentum and participation ever since. According to the Fountain Pen Day website, the intention is "to help embrace, promote, and share the use of fountain pens in day-to-day life, as well to help revive handwriting as a whole." That's definitely something all of us at Goulet Pens can get behind!

How will you be preparing to celebrate Fountain Pen Day next Friday, November 4th? Here are some ideas to help you get ready:

  • Have a pen cleaning party to get your fountain pen collection ready to be inked and used.
  • Spread the fountain pen love by letting a coworker or friend try out one of your fountain pens for the first time.
  • Spend some time writing handwritten notes to mail out next Friday. Need some ideas of who to write to? We'd bet your grandmother, childhood best friend, or favorite teacher would love hearing from you.
  • Jump into the conversations happening with the online fountain pen community. Check out different pages and groups on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You could also share blogs or videos to spread the joy of writing with a fountain pen. 

To help you celebrate Fountain Pen Day, we've decided to give away 4 Lamy Safari Red gift sets! Each set comes with a Lamy Safari fountain pen with a fine nib, a Z24 converter, a pack of cartridges and a bottle of red ink. It's the perfect way to get started using fountain pens!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
This contest will be open Friday October 28, 2016 until Thursday November 3, 2016 at 11:59pm EDT. We'll then randomly select 4 winners and will announce each of them on Friday November 4th (Fountain Pen Day!) here on the blog and across our social media channels. Click here for our official contest rules.

So tell us - how will you be celebrating Fountain Pen Day?

Write on, 
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday Things: Rose Gold


Add some sparkle to your every day with this collection of radiant rose gold products. Inspired by the release of the Filofax Saffiano Rose Gold planner, we've gathered a plethora of sparkling items to add some panache to your writing. So sit back, relax, and bask in the golden glow of these great products in Thursday Things: Rose Gold.

Featured products from left to right:

Indulge in the beauty of these products all on one page when you check out the Thursday Things: Rose Gold shopping guide.

Platinum 3776 Century Fountain Pen – Nice
Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Fountain Pen – Rose Gold
Lamy Luxe Fountain Pen - Rose Gold
Montegrappa Fortuna Fountain Pen – Copper Mule
Filofax Saffiano Organizer - Rose Gold, A5 and Personal

Do you have a favorite luxurious metallic piece in your collection of writing tools?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Monday, October 24, 2016

21 New Monteverde Inks!

Monteverde Inks - Bottle

With the changing of seasons, it can be fun to switch out your color palette. Monteverde is definitely freshening up its color palette, by revamping their existing 10 colors of ink and introducing an additional 11 colors.... that's right, 21 new colors of ink!

Monteverde USA is based out of Los Angeles, California, and we noticed a lot of the new names seem to be inspired by the surrounding area. And in case you weren't aware, all of the Monteverde inks are lubricated so they stay wet in your pen longer. And at $15 for a 90ml (~3oz) glass bottle, they're a great value too.

Monteverde Inks - Overview

Personally, I think the new colors look really nice. I love the deeper, richer hues. Let's take a look at each of the new colors....

Monteverde Inks - Black Ash

Black Ash (most similar to previous "Black")

Monteverde Inks - Blue/Black

Blue/Black (a darker version of the previous "Blue/Black")

Monteverde Inks - Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar (new!)

Monteverde Inks - California Teal

California Teal (new!)

Monteverde Inks - Canyon Rust

Canyon Rust (new!)

Monteverde Inks - Capri Blue

Capri Blue (new!)

Monteverde Inks - Caribbean Blue

Caribbean Blue (most similar to previous "Turquoise")

Monteverde Inks - Emerald Green

Emerald Green (most similar to previous "Green")

Monteverde Inks - Horizon Blue

Horizon Blue (new!)

Monteverde Inks - Malibu Blue

Malibu Blue (a richer/deeper version of the previous "Blue")

Monteverde Inks - Mandarin Orange

Mandarin Orange (new!)

Monteverde Inks - Midnight Black

Midnight Black (new!)

Monteverde Inks - Monteverde Green

Monteverde Green (new!)

Monteverde Inks - Napa Burgundy

Napa Burgundy (a richer/darker version of the previous "Burgundy")

Monteverde Inks - Purple Mist

Purple Mist (new!)

Monteverde Inks - Purple Reign

Purple Reign (a richer version of the previous "Purple")

Monteverde Inks - Red Velvet

Red Velvet (new!)

Monteverde Inks - Rose Pink

Rose Pink (most similar to previous "Pink")

Monteverde Inks - Scotch Brown

Scotch Brown (most similar to previous "Brown")

Monteverde Inks - Valentine Red

Valentine Red (an even more red version of the previous "Red")

Monteverde Inks - Yosemite Green

Yosemite Green (new!)


All of these 21 new colors are available in 90ml glass bottles, and 2ml samples.

Which colors are you most excited to try?

Write On,
Rachel Goulet

Visconti Green with an Aurora Ipsilon Satin Black: Monday Matchup #115


Hi, everyone, Whitney here. For this week's Monday Matchup, I paired an Aurora Ipsilon Satin Black with a fine nib and Visconti Green together. I was quite excited for this pairing. I have had quite a few pink-ish inks for my Monday Matchups and I was excited to branch out from that. Also, I find myself drawn to the fine nib on the Aurora Ipsilon. I love finer nibs because I write pretty small so it was great to have a nib that didn't put down a ton of ink and made that possible. Read on to hear more about my experience with this pen and ink.

I have a bit of a botanical fixation when it comes to my Monday Matchup drawings so naturally, I went with plant drawings again this week. I appreciate seasonally themed quotes and art for Monday Matchup and I really like drawing leaves. I found this quote especially fitting since winter is coming before we know it. So I wrote out the quote in the center of my page. I realized later that I didn't quite get the quote right but I think the feeling I was going for is still there. Then I researched some species of plants native to Virginia that are also winter appropriate. I drew the plants around the quote. I thought they framed it nicely.

I liked the nib on this pen much more than my previous Monday Matchup choices. It allowed me to get more detail in the drawings and I didn't ever feel like there was too much ink put down. This nib is a little toothier and I really enjoyed that feeling. I also love green, so I found this ink a pleasant change from my previously used pink tones. This pen and ink would be great for just about anything really. I had fun drawing with it but I'm also sure it would be great for a variety of writing scenarios. The only thing I would change about this matchup is making sure I wrote the quote out correctly. I loved the pen and ink though!


You can find the Aurora Ipsilon for $99 at GouletPens.com. Visconti Green is available in a 40ml bottle for $17.50, a 2ml sample for $1.50, or a set of 7 cartridges for $6.90.

Follow the directions below for a chance to win this pen and ink. We're excited to see what pen and ink you have matched!

How to enter Monday Matchup Giveaway:
  • Match a pen and ink together. They don't have to match in color, any fountain pen and ink works.
  • Take a picture of your pen and ink matchup. 
  • Find the entry details and instructions below on how to share your picture with us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or as a blog comment*. 
  • You can choose to enter only one way, or submit up to 4 different entries if you'd like. Feel free to use the same picture for all 4 entries.
  • Confirm your entry via the Rafflecopter widget below which will record your entries. This is how we'll draw a random winner. Since it's totally random, you're eligible to win each week! 
  • To see more of Rafflecopter's privacy policy, click here. Your email is never shared, and is only used to contact you should you win.
  • *Due to recent changes with the Disqus platform, you must register for a Disqus account in order to post a photo entry in the blog comments. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway The contest is open Monday, October 24, 2016 at 12pm EDT until Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 12pm EDT. One winner will be randomly selected and announced tomorrow once the contest closes. The winner must live in a country that Goulet Pens currently ships to. Click here to see the Official Contest Rules.

Write On,
Whitney

Friday, October 21, 2016

Goulet Q&A Episode 143, Open Forum


Goulet Q&A is now available as an audio podcast! Click here  for the RSS feed to use in your podcast app of choice, or click here for a direct download.

In this episode, I talk about old ink cartridges, what pens I've always wanted to sell, and the best thing I've learned about myself since starting GouletPens.

This week:

New/Upcoming Products - (2:49)

Pens/Writing - (5:07)

1) @LucyHoneychurch- Twitter - (5:09)  
There seems to be more problms with the Konrad than the Ahab and Creaper, can you explain why?
  • This used to be the case more than it is today
  • two factors, design and the manufacturer
  • manufacturer: different factory making them, had some tolerance issues on the grip (not the case anymore)
  • design, was made to accept a lot of different nib types, with great power comes great responsibility
  • Nathan changed the design to me more hassle-free, but now it accepts fewer replacement nibs

Ink - (9:52)

2) David- Email - (9:54)
I have about 20 unused packs of cartridges left. Some are up to five years old. Due to evaporation, they are only two thirds or one half full. Are these cartridges safe to use in my pens? Or will the concentrated ink gum up the feeds? If I use a cartridge, could I puncture the cartridge and inject some water into it, shake it up and then install it in the pen? Or should I just toss them and chalk it up as a learning experience?
  • Safe, sure....it won't hurt the pen, it just might not flow well
  • it would surely dry out faster in your pen
  • the plastic leeches moisture over time
  • you could definitely reconstitute the ink with water, sure
  • is that worth the trouble? eh....if the ink is special to you

Paper - (13:34)

3) Matthew Beddow- YouTube - (13:35)
I have purchased a couple of your Goulet notepads (the tomoe river ones )which are fantastic by the way , but I notice there is no branding on the A5 version that I have , I wondered why this would be as surely branding would be a good idea on these excellent pads ?
  • we talked about that, and it all boiled down to cost
  • bottom line is we're not buying them in quantity to justify branding the notebook itself, but we might get there
  • we opted for more minimal branding and greater options (size, color, ruling)
  • we will explore this in the future, for sure


Troubleshooting - (16:41)

4) Taylor G.- Facebook - (16:42)
I switched the nibs between a Pilot Plumix and a Metropolitan. I've had flow issue with the Metropolitan ever sense regardless of ink. I looked that the feeds from both pens, and they seem to be identical, is the feed just no made to handles the italic nib or am I missing something?
  • feeds are identical, yes
  • I don't think the feed is your issue, though that's definitely an important part of the ink delivery to the nib
  • nibs are similar, though I find the Plumix nibs to be a little drier/tighter in flow
  • some simple adjustment can help with that, if you are willing to try
  • always do a good cleaning when there's a flow issue
  • try keeping the feed and nib together when you switch them across pens
  • try swapping the nib back to the Plumix and see if it still persists, maybe there's something that happened to the nib

Business - (22:07)

5) @DianaJBoyd- Twitter - (22:09)
Curious, from start to now, have you ever not been able to get a pen you wanted to sell? How do you choose what brands to sell?
  • oh definitely, especially when we were smaller!
  • Lamy and Pilot played hard to get at first
  • Pelikan has been hit-or-miss, we've tried with certain LE pens and whatnot before
  • Visconti said no thanks to us for 4 years, that was a big one
  • we recently talked to Sailor at the DC show, trying to rebuild that relationship, there's still hard feelings around that...time will tell
  • Montblanc is another big brand we get asked about, but they're not interested (for now)
  • Just last week I wanted to carry the Schrade Tactical Fountain Pen, but it's discontinued!
  • we choose our brands based on customer demand and if we believe in the products
  • beyond that, it's all about relationship building with the manufacturer/distributor and seeing if it's a good fit

6) xilebat- Instagram - (32:09)
Have you stopped periscoping?
  • essentially, yeah
  • we were doing it for a solid year, but it's a huge time commitment on me and Rachel's personal time (which isn't bountiful)
  • once we got pregnant this spring, we eased back
  • when she miscarried, it just knocked the wind out of our sails completely
  • part of it was our viewership had flattened out, a LOT of people were subscribers but stopped tuning in
  • live streaming has picked up on Facebook and YouTube, and Snapchat's moving in that direction, too
  • it is yet to be seen which direction it goes, I'm curious for input

7) Christine B.- Facebook - (36:24)
Who is the author you reference a lot, Gary something? I haven't heard of him but I like leadership authors. And what are the top 5 things you learned from him that have helped you in business or personally? 
  • Gary Vaynerchuck
  • 1) videos
  • 2) personal engagement
  • 3) put in the work
  • 4) gratitude
  • 5) care

Personal - (41:35)

8) Rob B.- Facebook - (41:42)
What's the best thing you've learned about yourself since starting your wonderful company?
  • I have learned a TON about myself!
  • DISC profile, StrengthsFinder, Languages of Appreciation, Myers-Briggs, and more
  • Everyone has their strengths, and it's okay to not do everything perfectly yourself
  • working with others can help balance out my weaknesses, and I have plenty
  • without others on our team, I would not be in the place that I am today, and I'm incredibly grateful
  • so much has changed since starting the company, including me
  • the best thing I've learned about myself is that with discipline, focus, and the help of others, I can continue to grow into the leader I need to be

9) cevt23- Instagram - (46:47)
Hi Brian! Big fan of Goulet! I wanted to ask you at what point in your first years of pen journey and collecting all types of amazing pens, you started to realize that you used only the few ones that were perfect for your writing type, that fit you the most and instantly became in permanent rotation and the rest of your collection was a little behind that few pens. At what level you reached that point? How much pens you had to really became aware of that preference? Cheers!
  • I don't know if I've reached that point! ;) 
  • I'm in a unique position, being that I'm a blogger/personality around these products so I have access to way more pens than most
  • part of my job is to try different pens and keep a lot in rotation
  • I definitely have a short list of go-to pens that's roughly 5% of my collection, and I'm willing to best that's probably pretty common if you have a fair number of pens
  • I'd bet most folks go back to the same 10 pens or so on a pretty regular basis
  • I probably reached that point after 3 years in

QOTW: What's your opinion of live streaming? Where would you want to see me? - (54:33)

Thanks so much for joining us this week! You can catch up on any old Q&A videos you missed here.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday Things: Sherlock Holmes


What inspired this week's Thursday Things collection, you ask? It's elementary, my dear fountain pen friends! Why, it's Sherlock Holmes! Don your deerstalker caps and join us in a study of the fine writing tools we envision everyone's favorite consulting detective to have possessed. This assortment of pens, inks, and notebooks, inspired by the aptly-named De Atramentis Sherlock Holmes ink, will surely send you on a grand adventure of great literary genius and help you uncover a wealth of untapped writing you've yet to express. Grab your magnifying glass and take a closer look at Thursday Things: Sherlock Holmes.    

Featured products from left to right:
The Thursday Things: Sherlock Holmes Shopping Guide is chock-a-block full of tools for great writing adventures!
Noodler’s Neponset Fountain Pen - Red Rebellion
Aurora Ipsilon Fountain Pen - Satin Blue
Delta Journal Fountain Pen – Matte Red
Pilot E95S Fountain Pen - Burgundy

What pen or ink do you find yourself wanting to investigate next?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

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