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  1. Hey FPN! I've been pondering over ink choices lately, and I'm curious about your approach. Do any of you adhere to specific rules when it comes to selecting ink colors? Personally, I find that using only one unique color each year paired with black helps maintain a sense of coherence in my writing, preventing it from becoming a colorful mishmash. Plus, it's a neat trick – instantly knowing a piece of writing is from a particular year based on its ink color! But that's not all – sticking to this rule also prevents me from falling into the trap of buying too much ink and collecting more than I'll ever use. It's a practical way to avoid wastefulness and ensure that every drop of ink is put to good use. Do you have similar strategies to keep your writing aesthetically pleasing and organized? Perhaps you have rules regarding ink shades or combinations to maintain consistency in your notes or correspondence, while also curbing the temptation to amass too much ink? Whether it's sticking to a limited color palette or other guidelines, I'm eager to hear about your ink habits and any tips you have for ink selection! Let's discuss and share our ink wisdom!
  2. Whilst responding to a query on what color is Hawthorne ? Google pitched me over to Hawthorne Yellow delving up to the parent shows: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/find-your-color/color-families Not sure how but if I lingered on the page, the UI would change with the query: Which of these best describes you? the selections were homeowner, designer, architect and some others I forgotwhich seems like a decent topic for ink discussion ?! and a handy tool to boot. Kinda similar to what the kids are doing these days with color profilers such as https://colorkuler.com/ Most of the inks I buy are less about the color and rather how reliable they are with pens in my collection. That is a lot of black, blues, browns for the vintage and reds and purples to branch out in the moderns. If I was hard pressed, I'd say that drab neutral family is appealing to me though the whole color family scheme seems rather vague as it is a composite of brown and gray families. So what color family best describes you or rather your ink of appeal or preference?
  3. I'm going to be buying a Pelikan M1000 in the next few days and was wondering what Nib size to order. I currently have an M805 with a B stub nib that I love. However, I had an M805 with an F nib that I preferred slightly more and my current daily driver is a Lamy 2000 with a M nib. Having used the B and F nibs on the M805 extensively, I'm leaning towards an F nib on the M1000 but I've also heard that you start to appreciate B nibs on fountain pens after writing with them for a while. Which nib size would be a good choice for everyday writing? I'm also debating between color choices and it's come down to either the new M1005 with grey stripes, the M1000 with green stripes, and the all black M1000. I'm leaning towards the all black M1000 due to the fact that I find it hard to see the ink level through the stripes of my M805 but I'd also like to have stripes because it's Pelikan's quintessential design. Is the ink window good enough to justify getting the all-black pelikan (I haven't seen much about the ink window) or should I go with the stripes and if so, which color? Thanks!
  4. Hello again to all my FPN friends, One of the interesting things for me about this hobby is how easily and suddenly my preferences for a particular design or color can change. I never use yellow for anything other than highlighting and previously would have thought something like a yellow pen to be tasteless or just plain weird. Then I saw these: WingSung 601 LE (Photo courtesy of Frankunderwater) Penbbs 308 Mango Yellow After seeing these beauties, something in my head snapped and I knew I must have an audacious and bold yellow pen! Sadly, the WS is a limited edition with an inconvenient filling system and the Penbbs 308 won't work for me for other reasons. Now the hunt is on. What's your favorite yellow pen?
  5. nouveauartiste

    Artist Paint Brush

    Art Therapy to Fight Dерrеѕѕiоn Tоdау I want to reiterate another аltеrnаtivе method to fight dерrеѕѕiоn - art therapy. Aрраrеntlу art hаѕ bееn uѕеd in thеrару while trеаting mental hеаlth patients ѕinсе 1940'ѕ аnd thеrе are рlеntу of liсеnѕеd thеrарiѕtѕ аrоund. It ѕееmѕ thе bаѕiѕ оf this mеthоd iѕ thаt wе аrе аll сrеаtivе beings, аnd part of whо we are is еxрrеѕѕing оur fееlingѕ, bе thаt раin, suffering, оr pleasure and jоу. In аrt therapy еѕѕеntiаl help fоr оur dерrеѕѕiоn iѕ in mаking, сrеаting ѕоmеthing, in the рrосеѕѕ itѕеlf. It ѕоundѕ tо me vеrу muсh ѕimilаr tо singing аѕ... https://nouveauartiste.com/blogs/news/tagged/artist-paint-brush
  6. < TL/DR version > The grass is always greener, they say. We start with a color we think we'll like but often become dissatisfied and try something new. And so it goes. I've gone through 10 dark greens so far, looking for "the best". > Vert Empire > Diamine Evergreen > Tokiwa-matsu Miruai > Miruai [Petrol] Harmonious Green > Diamine Dark Forest [Petrol] > Kobe van Gogh Dark Green [Petrol] KWZ #3 > Kobe van Gogh Dark Green GvFC Moss Green [Petrol]
  7. essayfaire

    Ink Color Etiquette

    I was wondering if anyone knew what the correct color ink is to write a thank you to a Japanese family. The note will accompany a small gift. In the States, I'd stick with black, but I'm not sure about Japan. Thank you!
  8. I used to do multi colored notes with my uni ball vision pens. my friend showed me a stub pen and I absolutely love it. I cant go back to normal tips now. So i bought a lamy alstar with a 1.5 nib. I love it alot but I have a problem with it writing too big. I looked at amazon and got a nice 1.1 manuscript fountain pen. I think this one writes so much nicer and I can put more words in a page with this on. I tend to write for about 4-8 hours at a time small breaks every 2 hours but the manuscript really hurts my arm after writing with it for long periods of time. My lamy doesn't do that. plusthis pen hurts my finger as I hold the pen high. So while I want to buy a bunch of multi colored lamy pens I found that some of the colors I like are the special edition and I don't plan on paying about 100$ to get them. Do note one thing, I have used a jinhao x450 before I hold the pen too high and end up holding the nib. I saw the wing sung 6395 which is a lamy al star copy and that I can swap my lamy nibs into that pen. So I can buy a few 1.1mm and throw a small grind on them? I have yet to use the lamy 1.1 but I heard its basically round. Does anyone else have some suggestions cause i'm all out of ideas, and I dont really know what else I can do without spending over 200$ I want the colors dark purple, a nice teal, dark red and finally a black. I'm looking at a orange and a green.
  9. Waltz For Zizi

    Rarest Pen Color

    What do you suppose is the least used color for a fountain pen? I imagine the black is by far the most comon, but what about the least comon? P.S. Im not talking about weird colors like aquamarine, turquoise, magenta etc. Just the basic ones like: black, blue, red, green, white/ivory, yellow, orange, brown.
  10. Hi guys, Somehow I am into brown-color pens these days. So far I only have Parker Vacumatic with golden brown color. I can't decide on which brown pen I should get next. Would you mind showing me the brown-color pens you have? Thank you!!
  11. Hi all, I do a lot of creative writing/journaling and used to use those multi-colored gel pen packs until I switched to fountain pens (My EDC is a Safari EF). I am looking for suggestions of ink with the following properties: Not blue nor black. Easy on the eyes for long writing seasons. Behaves well with little feathering or bleed-through on mid-grade paper (i,e, better than a composition book, not as good as Rhodia). Inexpensive (Noodler's price range).One of the main draws to fountain pens is the ability to use interesting colors and switch them whenever I like, but the platinum violet hurts my eyes and J. Herbin Terre de Feu isn't artistic enough for me (though I do love the shading). I prefer rich colors to dusty/pastels. Thanks for your help!
  12. I've been building a collection of Noodler's Ink, and I'm up to six bottles so far - five colors and a huge bottle of Heart of Darkness. For the most recent round of purchases, I first bought some samples from Goulet Pens, and I also received a sample of Ottoman Azure in an ink sample exchange with another FPN member. I was rather surprised by the variability in color between batches of Noodler's Ink. I got a Black Swan in Australian Roses sample vial from Goulet that looked a dark rose ink: The bottle of BSiAR I actually received was noticeably darker and more purplish: The sample of Ottoman Azure I received looked like a pure medium blue, that leans toward turquoise: The bottle of Ottoman Azure I received is a dark teal, which looks nothing like the sample, or the ink reviews I've seen on FPN: (Rhodia paper and the same Aurora pen were used for all samples. The pen was dipped). As I learned in another FPN thread (https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/279515-did-black-swan-in-australian-roses-ever-really-change/), the issues with BSiAR are known and Nathan Tardiff of Noodler's claims it to be a feature. The variability is part of the anti-forgery features he designs into the ink. And Noodler's website does list BSiAR as being forgery-resistant. That leaves Ottoman Azure. The two samples I have are so far apart they should have different names and be sold as separate colors. According to Noodler's website, Ottoman Azure has no special properties. It almost looks like I got a bottle of Squeteague with the wrong label attached. Now, I'm not unhappy with the colors I actually received. I do like both these new shades. But they are nothing at all like what I was led to expect based on the ink samples I received. Is this extreme variability the norm with Noodlers? I can expect and accept some variability from batch to batch with hand-mixed inks, but two completely different hues isn't acceptable to me. I'm not sure I'll be buying much of their ink going forward if I don't have confidence in what color I get.
  13. Today I bought a new Parker IM with a fine nib. This is the first time I buy a fine pen, hence the question. Using the same ink in my new pen and my Waterman Perspective medium (Waterman Mysterious Blue ink, from the bottle for Parker and cartridge for Perspective), I compared the two pens. The Parker creates a very different color that is unusually light. It gets even lighter after writing a line or two. It's also as dry as they come. Comparison sample attached. As I said, the color can get lighter at times. The camera is making it look sharper as well.
  14. The 2014 BlueGreen Al-Star is now a full time color! (At least from Goulet Pens: http://www.gouletpens.com/lamy-al-star/c/154?sortBy=productName+asc&facetValueFilter=Tenant~Body_Color%3Ablue)
  15. northstar

    Sheffer Taranis Original Colors

    http://s5.postimg.org/mmhaugug7/Taranis_Orig.jpg Finally completed all five Sheaffer Taranis original colors 😉
  16. I want a Karas Kustoms Fountain-K pen. They are sold through Goulet now, so that should be easy, right? Wrong! They are offered in many choices of material and finish: copper, brass, raw tumbled aluminum, and aluminum anodized in a wide range of colors. I know I don't want the copper or brass, but what color of aluminum I should get is driving me nuts. There are several that look really good to me, although exactly how dark these colors look in "real life" is hard to discern exactly from photos shot under varied lighting. I almost went for olive green, but then saw that color is out of stock. Blue, gold or gray all look good to me. Silver, black, or tumbled raw are viable options. They don't even have a photo of the orange one yet. . . I almost went for blue, then thought. . . If I got blue, I would find myself only wanting to use blue ink in it. But then I thought, I like blue ink. I have a lot of blue ink here. Is that so bad? I think this would be a good looking pen almost without regard to the chosen color. There is no "wrong" choice here, and that somehow makes it so much harder.
  17. What color ink do you think Professor McGonagall would use?
  18. Hello! I'm new around these parts, though I've been reading FPN for a while. I've got a small problem, which is that my Pilot Metropolitan (M) is currently inked with the very wet writing Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher, which tends to feather and bleed a lot when I write on regular old printer paper (which is sadly what I end up writing on a lot of the time). As a result, I don't use the Metro as much as I'd like. I do also have another pen (a Waterman Apostrophe, fine) that I'd like to ink. So, I wanted to know whether: 1. Anyone has a good ink recommendation for a Pilot Metro (M). Colour is not so important - I already have 4 pens inked with appropriate colours (LAMY Safari with Noodler's Black, Parker Vector with Parker Black, another LAMY something-or-other with Waterman red, and of course the current blue in the Metro). I'd be interested in a good green or brown perhaps. Ideally the ink shouldn't be too wet a writer, because I don't want it to suffer the same problems as the current blue does. 2. Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher is compatible with a Waterman Apostrophe (F). I know this isn't Baystate Blue, but I thought I'd check, mostly because this pen is of great sentimental value to me. I guess these two are kind of linked - if Bad Belted Kingfisher is likely to damage the Apostrophe, I'll either temporarily retire the ink and buy another two - one for the Metro and one for the Apostrophe - or I'll simply not ink the Apostrophe. If it's all good, though, I just need the one new ink. Thanks, all!
  19. swisspens

    Are All Targa's Sections Black?

    To all Sheaffer Targa experts around here, I have a tricky question for you. Are all Targa's sections made of black resin? I know they are all interchangeable. But what about limited editions? The section of the 1083 laqué ivoire for Harrods in 1989 (100pces) is black. Is the 1067 also black for instance? Just asking, because it appears I have in my possession a section that is not black. I'm not talking about the slimlines, as red sections are known to exist. Thanks for your answers! :-) Cheers from Switzerland. William
  20. Purely THEORETICAL, but here are the rules: 1. Limited to 10 bottles MAX. 2. Can be any combination of ink and bottles as long as it pertains to rule #1. 3. DO NOT PANIC... this is not real. If you had to take or save only 10 bottles of ink, what would they be? These are the inks that you absolutely cannot live without and need to be pried from your cold, inky fingers. You can choose to take 10 bottles of the same ink or you can have 2 bottles of one ink and 3 bottles of another so long as the final result adds up to 10 bottles total. You may also opt to take one bottle of several different inks. Whatever the choice, let us know.
  21. Well me and the girl friend just finished up for the night on our handmade hardback journal. It utilizes coptic binding so that no matter what page you are writing on it lays flat, which has always bugged me about most journals and books I have purchased in the past. I have had a blast making this and look forward to making many more! *thanks to the tutorial in the DYI section!* So with out further adieu, The book block with 12 signatures and caramel colored flyleafs coming out to 192 pages http://i.imgur.com/RWYsEShh.jpg Here is the cover getting worked on http://i.imgur.com/Ffwjarwh.jpg The front cover http://i.imgur.com/fCTy6LGh.jpg The back cover http://i.imgur.com/fkjtBXFh.jpg Finally, the book open with matching bookmark ribbon http://i.imgur.com/2QmpE15h.jpg Still have to finish the spine up with black leather and black leather corners, then attach the book block to the cover and all done. For one night I think its looking pretty good!
  22. Beth_Mntgmry

    Colouring Is Not Just For Kids!

    Has anyone heard of or tried using fountain pen ink in Johanna Basford's 'grown up' colouring books (Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest)? The pictures look so whimsical and fun, and with all of the colour options that we have with fountain pen ink, it would be a blast to colour them in using a fountain pen and ink. If you haven't seen it already, check it out! I looks pretty neat: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2981484/British-author-sells-million-copies-colouring-book-adults.html
  23. ThePenGnome

    Inks For Corrections

    Hello! I've been doing a lot of correcting lately. Awards, personnel actions, command memos, policies, all the things. While I wouldn't necessarily think of this as a fountain pen job, the only pen I had with a fine enough point and a colored ink that I thought was visible was one of my Pilot Petit1's (green). This got me thinking, and ordering samples of an array of colors to try out for testing. I tend to prefer not-red for corrections as red seems to spawn visceral hackle raising, so mostly I'm looking at turquoise blues and greens, though I'm not wedded to that. Requirements, for me, for a correcting ink are that the color is bright and easy to see against black printed text, even if it's just a little comma. It has to not bleed terribly on decent but not fancy printer paper (laser). The generic Pilot green does well but is a little pale and feathers a little. Right now I'm working with Noodler's Gruene Cactus Eel, which I like better, but the "eel-ness" means it dries pretty slowly (something I hadn't even thought about until I used it). What inks do you like using for corrections? I'm thinking of trying J Herbin Vert Pre or Diamine Kelly Green next.
  24. Epicsockzebra

    Good Color Inks For Cheap Paper

    Hello everybody, hope you are doing well, I'm quite new to this forum and to fountain pens in general. I'm a highschool student who recently got into fountain pens after my mother dug up a bunch of her old Pelikan pens (she lived in Germany) and I absolutely loved it, problem is that it bleeds on almost EVERY paper i try. I recently decided to get a higher quality one, since my mother told me that it was pen meant for young grade school, it was not extremely high quality. So I decided to pick up a Platinum Plaisir with a converter and was wondering if any of you experienced folks happen to know of a good ink which is an alternate color, as I have seen noodlers xfeather and bulletproof, but I don't really want to write in black all the time. For me black/blue inks get quite boring and i would prefer a nice green, teal color, or something like Noodler's Apache Sunset(the color on that one I really enjoy, just don't know how it bleeds and don't know if my teachers will enjoy reading my essays and homework in an orange hue ), overall the most important thing is that it doesn't bleed on cheap paper, and of slightly less value is that it doesn't feather too much. So in short, I'm looking for a way to circumvent my problem of inks that bleed on cheap paper, but also trying to fulfill the goal of having a nice, exciting ink. Also as a side note, if anyone knows of a better starter FP that is on the cheaper end that has a fine nib I'd be extremely glad to hear any recommendations Thanks in advance!
  25. Sky Fountain Pens

    What Is Your Favorite Iroshizuku Color?

    Hi everyone, I am planning to buy some Iroshizuku ink for my fountain pen. Whats your favorite Iroshizuku color? Thanks

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