This blog post was written by our own Andrea Goulet Ford – she is our Content Lead, social media/marketing strategist, and Brian’s big sister!

Don’t you just love a good inspirational quote? I know I do. One of my favorite hobbies is writing quotes in a pointed pen calligraphy style. It’s not perfect. It’s probably barely even calligraphy. But it’s a true expression of me. Isn’t that what the fountain pen hobby is all about anyway?

When I found out we were adding the Organics Studio brand to our ink selection, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on their “Masters of Writing” line. I started by inking up some Emily Dickinson in a Noodler’s Ahab Flex pen and researching some of her quotes. Here were the results:

And of course, once I started, I couldn’t stop…

There was Walt Whitman

Edgar Allan Poe

Jules Verne

Sir Isaac Newton

L. Frank Baum

Mark Twain

F. Scott Fitzgerald

and Jane Austen

The paper I used was 24lb HP Laserjet, which is the same paper we use for our invoices. Overall, I found the ink dried quickly and had very little spread. The high saturation was great for making the quotes pop off the page and the flow with all the inks felt glorious in the Ahab — not too wet and not too dry. Normally, I use a much heavier bond paper, carbon ink, and a dip pen to create my quotes. Using the Ahab was much faster and I was able to completely lose myself in my writing. Before I knew it, I had almost thirty quotes (and very inky hands)! If you want to see all the quotes, head on over to Facebook or Pinterest.

The only ink I didn’t like for this project was Charles Darwin, which is a quick drying ink. It spread too much to get the fine lines needed for that calligraphy look. It would probably be great for a lefty who doesn’t care about line variation, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re trying to write with flair.

If you’re interested in learning how to write in this style, I’d recommend checking out Molly Jacque’s class called Introduction to the Art of Modern Calligraphy over on Skillshare. That’s where I learned most of the techniques I implemented here.

So, how about you? Have you given your flex pen some love lately? Or maybe you have a favorite quote that you’d like to share? Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments.