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5 Handwriting Resources

Handwriting

You might be wanting to use your time right now to invest in new skills. For some of us it might be baking, gardening, or improving your handwriting! If you are interested in practicing your handwriting, we’ve rounded up 5 resources to provide some tips, tricks, and inspiration. Be sure to also check out this Instagram post to find handwriting accounts to follow on Instagram.

1. In one of our most popular blog posts, we share 5 Tips to Improve Your Handwriting with Fountain Pens. You can start practicing with these tips right away.

2. In this Fountain Pen 101 video, Brian walks you through How to Write with a Stub Nib. A stub nib mimics calligraphy so as you learn to write with your stub nib fountain pens, you’ll be on your way to improving your handwriting.

3. If you have flex nib fountain pens in your collection, be sure to watch Brian’s Fountain Pen 101: Flex Nib Fountain Pens to better understand these pens and tips on how to best use them to improve your handwriting.

4. Kara Benz of Boho Berry put together a handwriting resource a few years ago. She provides a practice worksheet and several links to other books and resources she recommends.

5. If you’re really all in and want to take a course on handwriting, we recommend Master Penman Jake Weidmann’s course, Fundamentals of Flourishing. We’re big fans of Jake and the work he does. If you want to invest in your handwriting by learning how to add flourishes, his Fundamentals of Flourishing course is available for purchase and would be a great way to learn something new. Brian had the chance to interview Jake back in 2017 and you can see their conversation here.

Wishing you luck as you seek to improve your handwriting!

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

April 24th, 2020|Tips & Tricks|1 Comment

Write Time at 9 with Brian & Rachel – 4/15/20

While we’re working remotely during the COVID-19 quarantine, Brian and Rachel Goulet have brought back a weekly “Write Time at 9” live broadcast on YouTube each Wednesday night at 9pm EDT. We’d love you to join in!

In this episode, they cover writing samples of the Platinum Curidas fine and medium nibs, showing Lamy Mango, and show the Sailor Zoom nib writing!

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company

April 17th, 2020|Write Time|0 Comments

Affirm Financing Now at Goulet Pens

Hey pen friends!

We’re pleased to announce that we now offer financing on select orders at GouletPens.com, through a partnership with Affirm. Affirm is a third-party service that allows you to split your order into monthly installments, with no money down up front. It’s only available for the US at this time.

For orders between $50-250, you’ll see an option for a 3-month payment plan, at 0% APR.

For orders over $250, you’ll see options for 3, 6, and 12-month payment plans, with varying interest rates.

It’s quick and easy to get qualified, and once you’re approved and check out, you’ll then set up your billing method on Affirm’s site or through their app. Getting a quote won’t affect your credit score.

Affirm is a great option if you need to spread out your payments over time. We appreciate that they are up front about your total costs… no hidden fees, no late fees, no prepayment penalties, etc.

For specific questions about Affirm, we encourage you to check out their Help site. We hope you enjoy this new service!

Write on,
Rachel Goulet

April 9th, 2020|A Goulet Life|0 Comments

5 Ways to Use Your Fountain Pens at Home

Many of us are finding ourselves with more time at home right now. If you want to find ways to fill your time and use your fountain pens at the same time, we’ve got 5 things you can do while staying home.

1. Clean your pens

This is the perfect time to clean your collection of pens! Take an evening or afternoon and clean them out so you’re ready to refill. We’ve got tons of resources to walk you through it like our Pen Cleaning Cartridge / Converter Video here and Fountain Pen 101 cleaning tips here.

2. Catalog your ink

You may find yourself not being able to remember what ink is in what pen, or what ink your already own. A few ideas to help with this include, using Col-o-ring notecards or regular index cards to swab your inks so you know what colors you have. You could start a new journal and do the same swabbing to see your ink samples laid out by color or brand. Finally, you could take all of the ink samples you have and sort them out by brand, color, or property so you can easily grab what you’re looking for.

3. Write a letter

We all would be delighted to find something happy in our mailbox. It gives us reasons to get outside to drop something in the mail too! Birthday cards, anniversary cards, or just a note to say thanks are all easy ideas.

4. Start journaling to remember this time

This is certainly a unique season we’re all in. If you’re looking for a way to get your thoughts out of your head, journaling with your favorite fountain pen might be a great option. You can use prompts such as “Today I am thankful for…”

5. Try something new for the fun of it

Get creative! Consider using your fountain pens to try doodling, hand lettering, sketching, or transcribing quotes. There are tons of resources and accounts especially on Instagram and YouTube to help you get inspired. Or if you get creative in the kitchen and start baking, share the recipe with us too!

How are you spending your time at home?

Stay well and write on,
The Goulet Pen Company

April 6th, 2020|A Goulet Life|1 Comment

Pineider Arco

Designed by Dante Del Vecchio and handmade in Florence, Italy, the Pineider Arco is a limited edition fountain pen available in either Oak or Blue Bee. Each color is made of a special resin, allowing for each pen to be totally unique from each other.

The Arco features Pineider’s 14kt flexible nib, quill-shaped clip, and magnetic lock capping system. There are 888 of each color available worldwide.

We had the pleasure of hosting Dante at our Goulet Pens office in early 2020 and he joined Brian to talk about the Arco Blue Bee in the video below. Check it out!

Do you have any questions about the Arco?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

April 2nd, 2020|Pen Reviews|0 Comments

Inside Look: Montegrappa Fountain Pens

In the fall of 2019, Brian Goulet and Drew (our Customer Relationship Manager) traveled to Italy and during their trip, they were fortunate enough to travel to Bassano Del Grappa in Northern Italy, home of the Montegrappa headquarters. An amazing facility run by an inspiring leader in a stunningly beautiful town, the experience was truly unforgettable. The opportunity to hear the story and see the magic behind such a prolific brand was something we wanted to share with you, so we did our best to do just that. We hope you enjoy it!

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company

March 27th, 2020|Pen News|0 Comments