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Introducing Colorverse Inks!

The newest ink brand to sweep over the fountain pen community is Colorverse! These awesome inks come from South Korea and feature a unique design and theming. Each ink comes with a 65ml glass bottle and a smaller 15ml bottle as well! Trade the smaller bottles with your fountain pen friends to try out different Colorverse inks!

Colorverse releases the inks in different ‘series’, each highlight a different property. The Spaceward series, which includes Einstein Ring and Sea of Tranquility, focuses on shading inks. If sheen is what you’re looking for; Andromeda, Quasar, and the rest of the Astrophysics series (Featured in the video above) could be good options for you!

The newest series, Multiverse, is brings something totally unique to the ink scene. Instead of 1 ink with 2 bottles, you get 2 totally distinct inks designed to compliment each other. Early favorites include Schrödinger & Cat, as well as Photon & Gluon. Some of the smaller bottles within this series even include some shimmer properties!

Each of these inks are available for $36 on Gouletpens.com. You can also find 2ml samples of the Spaceward and Astrophysics inks for $2. Can’t pick just one sample? We also have package sets of both series!

What do you think? Have your eye on a particular ink? Leave a comment and let us know!

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

April 17th, 2018|Ink Reviews|0 Comments

Graf von Faber-Castell Turquoise: Ink Review

Graf von Faber-Castell Turquoise Ink Review

Hello ink friends! I have another great ink I got to try out this week! I haven’t written with many Graf von Faber-Castell inks in the past, so I was interested to try one of their new inks, Turquoise. This ink is one of my favorite shades to write with, so I was especially excited!

Graf von Faber-Castell Turquoise Ink Review

Graf von Faber-Castell Turquoise Ink Review

Graf von Faber-Castell Turquoise Ink Review

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • About 25 seconds– The ink still smeared at the 20 second mark, but not at the 30 second, so it dried at some point between those two.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Medium – While the ink smeared, you can still definitely see what was left behind after the water was applied.

Saturation:

  • Medium – The ink didn’t look very saturated as I was writing, and the swab test only showed much difference between swabs 1 & 2.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy – I found that the ink flushed out of my pen pretty quickly and easily!

Shading:

  • Medium – While the ink didn’t have much shading, I gave it a medium because it wasn’t one color through every stroke- some of my downstrokes were a bit darker in color.

Flow:

  • Medium – The ink flowed relatively well out of my nib, but it wasn’t very wet by any means.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • The bottles that the Graf von Faber-Castell inks come in are really lovely. I find the rounded edges really aesthetically pleasing, and I think the bottle would look great displayed on a desk.

Inks Similar in Color:


Summary:
Overall, I liked this ink! It wasn’t quite saturated enough for my liking to be one I would write with all the time, but it’s a great color! It flowed nicely, and I feel like the color still falls within a safe spectrum to be used in most settings. The water resistance is also appealing, because you could spill water on your writing and still have a good chance of being able to read it.

You can find a 75ml bottle of Graf von Faber-Castell Turquoise at GouletPens.com for $30, or a 2ml sample is also available for $1.75.

Do you have a favorite turquoise ink? Leave a comment and let us know!

Write On,
Kelsi

April 17th, 2018|Ink Reviews|0 Comments

Visconti Black with a Visconti Rembrandt Twilight: Monday Matchup Giveaway #178

An illustration of Selena Quintanilla-Perez with lyrics made with a Visconti Rembrandt fountain pen and Visconti Black ink

**WINNER: @Meejasaurusrex (Entered on Twitter). Check back next week for another awesome Monday Matchup Giveaway**

Hi there, everyone. Whitney here, bringing you my latest matchup. This week, I got to use a Visconti Rembrandt Twilight in Extra Fine and Visconti Black ink. Read on to hear about my inspiration for this week’s piece, as well as what I thought of the pen and ink.

Today is the birthday of Selena Quintanilla-Perez. Not only was she an incredibly talented vocalist with a contagious million-watt smile, but she took the Tejano music genre from being something very traditionally Mexican-American and male-dominated and mixed it with pop music. In doing this, she became one of the top-selling Latin musical artists of the 90s. She would have been 47 today!

To begin, I started by marking out the portrait with a “watercolor” of the ink using a Caran d’ache waterbrush pen. After this dried, I did a line drawing over top of the shading. Once the portrait was finished, I wrote the large text next to Selena’s face and wrote the lyrics to her song “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.”

This is the first time I have used one of the newer Visconti nibs, and I really enjoyed the way it wrote. The nib doesn’t come to a rounded tip like many nibs I’m used to, but flattens out at the tip like a tiny stub nib. It’s a little softer, so there’s some line variation when writing even with that thinner line weight from the extra-fine nib.

I own a Visconti Van Gogh, so I’m pretty used to the shape and size of the body. I like that Viscontis don’t have a particularly rigid or faceted grip, because those tend to be a bit uncomfortable with the way I hold pens.

The ink was nothing particularly spectacular. It’s not a true, deep black, but more like a darker charcoal (at least on the Tomoe River paper). It was water resistant enough to pull some pigment into a water brush, but not so much that it would take away from much of the pigment already put onto the paper. I’d love to see what this nib would do with more of a shading ink. Drawing with black can be a bit underwhelming for me just because I tend to use black or neutral inks all the time, so I always enjoy using something different for the artworks.

This combination is perfectly suitable for writing. I might’ve wanted a slightly larger nib size for drawing the larger portions of the portrait (like the hair), because the smaller nibs take more time to cover ground.

An illustration of Selena Quintanilla-Perez with lyrics made with a Visconti Rembrandt fountain pen and Visconti Black ink

An illustration of Selena Quintanilla-Perez with lyrics made with a Visconti Rembrandt fountain pen and Visconti Black ink

 

You can find the Visconti Rembrandt Twilight at GouletPens.com. You can find Visconti Black in a 40ml bottle for $17.50 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.50.

You could win this pen and ink! In an effort to make entering Monday Matchup a little easier, we’ve done away with the Rafflecopter widget and will be randomly selecting a winner from a randomly chosen platform each week. The entries methods will still be the same: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a blog comment, but you’ll no longer have to complete your entry through Rafflecopter.

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.
  • 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.
  • Here’s how to enter:

If you have any questions about the contest or entry methods, feel free to email us at social@gouletpens.com.

The contest is open Monday, April 16, 2018, at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at 12 pm EST. 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

April 16th, 2018|Monday Matchup|0 Comments

Brian Visits Edison Pen Co. in Ohio!

In Mid-January, Brian and our Customer Care Team Manager, Drew went to Milan, OH to visit Edison Pen Co. We’ve worked closely with Brian Gray and his team in the past, partnering together with our seasonal Edison Nouveau Premiere and also appearing as a Goulet Guest! In this vlog-style video, we wanted to highlight the Edison Headquarters, some of their nib & machining processes, and chronicle all the Brian & Drew hijinx along the way!

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

April 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thursday Things: Nebula

If you’re looking for an out of this world pen or ink to add some dazzle to your collection, look no further than Thursday Things: Nebula. A balanced combination of ethereal and futuristic, shiny space age flair, this assortment features bright colors and brilliant sheen that will certainly lead to a wonderful new discovery for your writing universe. See what the cosmos have in store for your next writing endeavor when you gaze in wonder at Thursday Things: Nebula.

Featured products from left to right:

What pen or ink do you find out of this world amazing?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

April 12th, 2018|Thursday Things|0 Comments

Top 20 Ways to Use Your Fountain Pens, Chosen By You!

The first step to falling in love with fountain pens is to use them! But if you are grappling with the question of how to incorporate these gorgeous pens into your daily routine, we’ve got the list for you! We recently polled the lovely and active members of our Goulet Nation facebook group for their ideas of their favorite ways to use their fountain pens. Check out their suggestions below!

1) Journaling

2) Lists (shopping lists, To-Do lists, holiday gift lists)

3) Notecards

4) Calligraphy

5) Letters to friends and family

6) Copying Down Works of Literature

7) Handwriting Practice

8) Poetry

9) Taking Notes

10) Pen Pal correspondence

11) Writing down quotes and inspiration in a notebook

12) Meal planning

13) Thank You Notes

14) Daily Devotionals

15) Dream Journals

16) Doodling/ Drawing/ Sketching

17) Love letters

18) Book Notes

19) Recipes

20) Family Histories

No matter how you use your pens, it’s a guaranteed good time. Fountain pens offer a fantastic gateway to reconnect yourself with a simple creativity in an increasingly digital world. Thank you to all who shared their tips and ideas with us. It was so fantastic to hear all of your insight on how you show your pens love. If you want to join the conversation too, be sure to click the link above and request to join the Goulet Nation group.

What ways do you enjoy using your pens? Let us know in the comments below!

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

April 10th, 2018|Top 10 Lists|0 Comments