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#41 dragondazd

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 03:33

If I end up with a bottle of ink I don't want to finish, I'll throw it into an art project.

 

Currently I'm reluctant to use much fountain pen ink for art because lightfastness information is hit or miss (and most of the "hits" are due to the efforts of this fine community). I may not be able to begin testing my own collection until next summer, so I'm assuming most of them are fugitive colors until proven otherwise.

 

If I have ink 'going to waste' I don't have a problem playing with them to experiment with techniques and seeing what happens to them over time.



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 03:44

This thread became interesting to me because I recently decluttered my books. I decided to declutter my pens and inks as well.

 

Picking out pens was easy, and I decided to give them away at work. I realized they should be accompanied by ink. So, I picked out 13 bottles of ink to go with the 15 pens (2 of the pens can take cartridges). But, I did a bad thing: I added up the cost of the bottles. I realized I was into several hundred dollars. (The Edelstein and Iroshizuku bottles helped me get there quickly, but even the Noodler's bottles add up.)

 

So, now I'm going to compromise. I'm going to do my correcting (I'm a teacher), list making, and random note-taking with a 1.5mm nib with the inks I wanted to get rid of. The nib forces me to watch my handwriting and uses up the ink quickly. I'm also going to eyedropper fill some Platinum Preppies to leave at school. It will take longer, but I will edit the inks through usage.

 

The pens are a bit different. I may save some of my sample vials from Goulet Pens' Inkdrop and give those away with the pens. Of course, even the pens add up quickly. One is a TWSBI Vac 700. That adds dollars fast. There are also Noodler's Nib Creapers, one or two Konrads, an old Cross, an old Parker, two Chinese pens, a TWSBI 540, and a Lamy ABC.

 

I want to reduce it all down because I want my inks and pens to be like my house. The house is only 675 square feet, so I use every room every day. I want to be able to use my pens and inks regularly. I don't mind them taking turns, but I realized I have too many of everything. Time to go.


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#43 LameJane

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 11:37

 

 

Sell it - Give it away - or trade it. Use the classifieds.  I've been able to score stuff that is no longer available because another FPNer didn't need something anymore, and I've given away more than I received so I'm grateful that I was able to get an opportunity to share in the inky joy.  

 

I also found that schools are frequently looking for pens and inks - and our very own Shane would love to give anything you have to donate to his students.  He teaches high school.  

 

Thanks for all your suggestions. I should have mentioned this before, I'm in Germany so the classifieds here are not really an economical option for buyers, even if I were to charge shipping only. I even tried to package sample sets of 10 inks for just shipping and packaging cost in a local forum to no avail, so I doubt that entire bottles would do better. It's frustrating. No shops that sell samples like the Goulets and no market for used product in a country that hosts companies like Pelikan, Montblanc, Faber-Castell, and LAMY.

 

 

This thread became interesting to me because I recently decluttered my books. I decided to declutter my pens and inks as well.

 

Picking out pens was easy, and I decided to give them away at work. I realized they should be accompanied by ink. So, I picked out 13 bottles of ink to go with the 15 pens (2 of the pens can take cartridges). But, I did a bad thing: I added up the cost of the bottles. I realized I was into several hundred dollars. (The Edelstein and Iroshizuku bottles helped me get there quickly, but even the Noodler's bottles add up.)

 

So, now I'm going to compromise. I'm going to do my correcting (I'm a teacher), list making, and random note-taking with a 1.5mm nib with the inks I wanted to get rid of. The nib forces me to watch my handwriting and uses up the ink quickly. I'm also going to eyedropper fill some Platinum Preppies to leave at school. It will take longer, but I will edit the inks through usage.

 

The pens are a bit different. I may save some of my sample vials from Goulet Pens' Inkdrop and give those away with the pens. Of course, even the pens add up quickly. One is a TWSBI Vac 700. That adds dollars fast. There are also Noodler's Nib Creapers, one or two Konrads, an old Cross, an old Parker, two Chinese pens, a TWSBI 540, and a Lamy ABC.

 

I want to reduce it all down because I want my inks and pens to be like my house. The house is only 675 square feet, so I use every room every day. I want to be able to use my pens and inks regularly. I don't mind them taking turns, but I realized I have too many of everything. Time to go.

 

I like this a lot, I'm on the same journey. Best of luck letting go of that clutter.



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 16:58

If I end up with a bottle of ink I don't want to finish, I'll throw it into an art project.

 

Currently I'm reluctant to use much fountain pen ink for art because lightfastness information is hit or miss (and most of the "hits" are due to the efforts of this fine community). I may not be able to begin testing my own collection until next summer, so I'm assuming most of them are fugitive colors until proven otherwise.

 

If I have ink 'going to waste' I don't have a problem playing with them to experiment with techniques and seeing what happens to them over time.

Very cool!

 

 I think we need a magic spray to make the writings / art more UV resistant.


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#45 amberleadavis

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 17:02

This thread became interesting to me because I recently decluttered my books. I decided to declutter my pens and inks as well.

 

Picking out pens was easy, and I decided to give them away at work. I realized they should be accompanied by ink. So, I picked out 13 bottles of ink to go with the 15 pens (2 of the pens can take cartridges). But, I did a bad thing: I added up the cost of the bottles. I realized I was into several hundred dollars. (The Edelstein and Iroshizuku bottles helped me get there quickly, but even the Noodler's bottles add up.)

 

So, now I'm going to compromise. I'm going to do my correcting (I'm a teacher), list making, and random note-taking with a 1.5mm nib with the inks I wanted to get rid of. The nib forces me to watch my handwriting and uses up the ink quickly. I'm also going to eyedropper fill some Platinum Preppies to leave at school. It will take longer, but I will edit the inks through usage.

 

The pens are a bit different. I may save some of my sample vials from Goulet Pens' Inkdrop and give those away with the pens. Of course, even the pens add up quickly. One is a TWSBI Vac 700. That adds dollars fast. There are also Noodler's Nib Creapers, one or two Konrads, an old Cross, an old Parker, two Chinese pens, a TWSBI 540, and a Lamy ABC.

 

I want to reduce it all down because I want my inks and pens to be like my house. The house is only 675 square feet, so I use every room every day. I want to be able to use my pens and inks regularly. I don't mind them taking turns, but I realized I have too many of everything. Time to go.

 

 

I've lived in a similarly sized house for a while, but it seemed much bigger than my current house with three kids, a dog, cat, bird, elderly parent and myself.  I have found that the best way to use my ink and pens is to have it out, show it off, display it and share it. Then  I get an extra ounce of enjoyment.  (Oh, and I use my big nibs for using up all that ink too).

 

For what it's worth, share the ink.  Swap samples with other FPNers. That way you can try out different inks (some hard to find) and you can use up some of that ink.


Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

 

Want to get a special letter / gift from me, then create a Ghostly Avatar  

 

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#46 amberleadavis

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 17:03

 

Thanks for all your suggestions. I should have mentioned this before, I'm in Germany so the classifieds here are not really an economical option for buyers, even if I were to charge shipping only. I even tried to package sample sets of 10 inks for just shipping and packaging cost in a local forum to no avail, so I doubt that entire bottles would do better. It's frustrating. No shops that sell samples like the Goulets and no market for used product in a country that hosts companies like Pelikan, Montblanc, Faber-Castell, and LAMY.

 

 

 

I like this a lot, I'm on the same journey. Best of luck letting go of that clutter.

 

 

Oops, I meant the FPN classifieds or the sample exchange (or start a German sample exchange).


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 18:21

 

 

I've lived in a similarly sized house for a while, but it seemed much bigger than my current house with three kids, a dog, cat, bird, elderly parent and myself.  I have found that the best way to use my ink and pens is to have it out, show it off, display it and share it. Then  I get an extra ounce of enjoyment.  (Oh, and I use my big nibs for using up all that ink too).

 

For what it's worth, share the ink.  Swap samples with other FPNers. That way you can try out different inks (some hard to find) and you can use up some of that ink.

 

LOL... Amber..!!!... I know exactly what you mean.... I also have three kids, a dog, cat, and my daughter's boyfriend just moved in (long story.... he is a good kid and needed a place to live)... :D

 

Both my girls are artist and that is my excuse to have a million inks... :lol:  (I am sticking to that excuse)... My youngest one can go through ink like no tomorrow.... If you have badly behave ink, feathery ink, dry ink.. wet ink... it doesn't matter.. She can use it and make wonderful things out of it.. :wub:

 

 

I know we have a big European community here... not everyone is from the US.  I have friends in Germany.. UK... France... Spain...  My friend in the UK comes to Canada often enough.. I can easily be your customer.. ;)


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#48 amberleadavis

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 21:29

 

LOL... Amber..!!!... I know exactly what you mean.... I also have three kids, a dog, cat, and my daughter's boyfriend just moved in (long story.... he is a good kid and needed a place to live)... :D

 

Both my girls are artist and that is my excuse to have a million inks... :lol:  (I am sticking to that excuse)... My youngest one can go through ink like no tomorrow.... If you have badly behave ink, feathery ink, dry ink.. wet ink... it doesn't matter.. She can use it and make wonderful things out of it.. :wub:

 

 

I know we have a big European community here... not everyone is from the US.  I have friends in Germany.. UK... France... Spain...  My friend in the UK comes to Canada often enough.. I can easily be your customer.. ;)

 

Full house!  I'm glad your kid makes good use of the inks.  Sounds like  you have a great community.


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