It’s time for another Goulet Q&A, and Episode 16 is all about Correspondence. I got a lot of good questions about paper and ink on this one, specifically geared towards writing to other people. Here are this week’s questions:

1) Kimberly D.- Facebook (2:06):
Is there a way to seal or protect fountain pen ink on an envelope, in case it gets wet in transit? Some of my favorite colors are not water resistant, and I want to make sure any letters I write or address arrive in one piece. I have learned better than to just trust in the postal system.

  • Candle wax
  • Clear packing tape
  • Microglaze
  • Polystyrene (egg carton) melted in lacquer thinner
  • Mix waterproof inks with non-waterproof ones
2) Phillip K.- email (4:18):
When posting a letter, do you go out of your way to use a waterproof ink (or change mediums entirely to paste or solvents) to address your letters.  I always hesitate to use anything that might get smeared in the rain.
  • Noodler’s Black
  • Noodler’s 54th Mass
3) Rawkzeagle- YouTube (5:17):
It’s said there’s a letter for every occasion. So what stationery (inks, papers etc.) would you recommend in situations like these:
1. when you’re writing to a loved one,
2. when you’re writing to a close friend,
3. when you’re writing to your enemy,
4. when you’re writing to your boss/elders
  1. Laid paper, or cotton, cream colored; Deep pink, red, or purple
  2. Clairefontaine Triomphe; Dark/medium blue ink, or whatever new ink I’m using that strikes my fancy
  3. Does the paper really matter? Ink, Diamine Matador/Oxblood/Red Dragon
  4. Cream colored paper, something plain perhaps with a printed letterhead; dark/conservative ink, probably black or blue black
4) Mirjam- Facebook (8:06):
I send a lot of postcards, and some postcards have a glossy/smooth back. I want to write them with fountain pen too, but use a ballpen instead. What FP-ink combo can I use for those cards?
  • Pigmented ink- Platinum Carbon Black/Pigmented Blue, Sailor Nano inks
5) Steve B.- Facebook (9:57):
Question: I realize this is somewhat tangental to pen stuff, but here’s my dilemma: I’ve been helping out my girls with their stamping endeavors in their Christmas Cards. And I was thoroughly disappointed with the ink that comes with most stamp-pads. It’s thick, blobby, and it doesn’t dry! I’ve thought about just using some good ol’ black ink to help the girls out. Has anyone else tried this? Or is there a reason that pen ink and stamping ink are different things?
6) Michael H.- Facebook (12:13):
I’d like to know good envelopes, paper, and inks that could and should be used for correspondance. I never write letters anymore, but would love to write again.
7) Donald R.- Facebook (14:46):
About how many sheets can you mail on a single US stamp (US mailing weight is 1 ounce)?
8) @gilmour70- Twitter (16:25):
Printing vs. Cursive for correspondence. Can people under 30 read cursive?
9) Schin L.- Facebook (19:38):
How do you keep wax seals from breaking in the mail?
10) William S.- Facebook (20:40):
Brian, its Christmas Time, what would be a great Christmas Red, and Christmas Green ink to use for writing Christmas Cards? I was looking at the Diamine Wild Strawberry, and the Diamine Kelly Green. Are there any better choices besides those 2? I will be using commercially available Christmas cards on Matt card stock, no glossy pages, just normal heavy bond paper.
  • Past Ink Drop colors (view them here):
  • Dec. 2013
    • **De Atramentis Pine Green
    • **Diamine Kelly Green
    • Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-Ryoku
    • **Diamine Crimson
    • Diamine Poppy Red
  • Dec. 2012
    • De Atramentis Oriental Red
    • **De Atramentis Fir
    • **Diamine Matador
    • Noodler’s Green
    • Rohrer and Klingner Verdura
  • Dec. Nov. 2011
    • **Diamine Oxblood
    • **Diamine Sherwood Green
    • Noodler’s Gruene Cactus Eel
    • Noodler’s Nikita
    • PR Ebony Green
  • Dec. 2010
    • **Diamine Evergreen
    • Diamine Ruby
    • Noodler’s Polar Blue
    • PR Fiesta Red
    • **PR Spearmint
11) Joe S.- Facebook (23:45):
I heard that the cell phone texting trend is actually encouraging kids and teens to write more then the generation before them. Basically, because they read and write texts so much, its carrying over to young people reading more books recreationally. So have you seen anything that indicates that the personal letter is also coming back? I had a hipster roommate who loved writing postcards, for example.
12) @whatzitmather- Twitter (27:56):
Any tips for making correspondence a regular habit? Who to write/what to write about?
  • Pen pals- FPN under “The Write Stuff” sub forum in Creative Expressions

13) Maggie K.- Facebook (31:57):

I love writing letters and have recently started using wax seals on some letters. Right now, I have small pellets of wax that I melt in a spoon using a regular lighter. After I let the melted wax cool a bit, I pour it onto the envelope and stamp with my wax seal. For a college student in a dorm room, this is really messy. I know that the J.Herbin supple wax that you can smear right on the envelope would probably be a bit less messy, but I want to use up my wax pellets before buying anything else. Is there anything else I can do to make this less of an ordeal? Also, are there any wax seals available from Goulet Pens that are not initials?
14) Inti- Facebook (36:32):
Do you keep a record of all the letters you write/receive? If so, how would you recommend doing it?
15) Francisco G.- Facebook (37:37):
So….. I’m in high school, and I plan on asking someone to prom. I want to write “billets doux” notes to her. I plan on using a Lamy italic nib with Claifontaine stationary. What ink would serve proper for such an occasion?
  • Deep pinks, reds, blues, and dusty purples
  • Pinks/reds- Noodler’s Shah’s Rose, Ottoman Rose, Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses, Diamine Syrah
  • Blues- Diamine Asa Blue, Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium, Ottoman Azure
  • Dusty Purples- Diamine Damson, RnK Scabiosa
This Q&A will have to hold you over for a little while, I’m going to be taking a break until January 10th, 2014. With Christmas and New Years coming I’m going to be taking some time off to spend with the family and get some year-end business-y things taken care of, so I’ll ease into things again in a few weeks with another Open Forum theme. Be sure to check out any past Q&A videos here if you like the format.Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Write On,
Brian Goulet