In Episode 223: thoughts on fountain pen ink and the amount of time it takes to use up a cartridge of ink—which can seem very long when you are anxious to try a new color! I have several pens in use right now, and even with daily sketching, lots of bullet journaling, and ongoing documentation projects, nothing is running dry. My son, who has recently started using a fountain pen, just finished his first cartridge and got his first “pick an ink” fill. It turned out to be a bit anticlimactic. So thoughts on ink, the allure of a crazy green ink that may be my next fill, great resources for fountain pen inks and content, and tracking and documentation projects. Plus, a book on embroidery and one on mindfulness.
In Episode 223, I rattle off the names of some assorted ink samples I had sitting nearby while I was recording. But after doing this show, I am so excited to really try more ink samples, inspired to document and record them, and determined to more fully embrace and explore colored inks. What’s your favorite ink?
Note: Episode 223 wasn’t really about “pens,” though there are links to several in the list above. Maybe I’ll talk a bit more about specific pens in another show … the ones I use and the ones on my own wish list. Maybe not 100% true, but I consider this to be a guiding premise: one can never have too many pens.
Mentioned in Episode 223 of the CMP—Creative Mom Podcast (or related to topics covered in this episode):
- [4:12] Fog Gray (much prettier in person&mbash;but I was surprised to find that it looks blue)
- [4:29] Lexington Gray (haven’t tried it yet—it definitely isn’t blue) See also this “gray” ink sampler; gray is definitely not always gray!
- [5:58] Fox Red
- [6:24] The Pilot Prera‘s fine point is really fine, making this pen a go-to choice these days for the personal data/documentation/tracking project (Episode 220)
- [8:00] Son’s first fountain pen is a Pilot MR Retro Pop (or Metropolitan) (great nib; great feel to the pen) –> There are many variations of this pen, so be sure and browse colors and patterns if you are considering this as a starter fountain pen. I may need to add one of these to my lineup.
- [12:07] Need to document inks (and track/record). [This post from the Goulet Pen Company is a great example of the kinds of tracking and documentation you can do with pens and inks. I ran into that post on Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses after I recorded, but it’s a perfect fit with today’s show and discussion.]
- Black Fountain Pen Ink Comparison (JetPens)
- Dark Green and Dark Teal Fountain Pen Ink Comparison (JetPens)
- Gray Fountain Pen Ink Comparison (JetPens)
- [11:57] Ink samples and samplers from the Goulet Pen Company (this is the way to buy and try ink!)
- [12:15] I have a new/current favorite pen for my daily sketching—the priced-right Platinum Carbon Desk Pen. Mine is still loaded with the Platinum Carbon ink it comes with (and hasn’t run out despite daily sketching since the first of the year). The ink is pigmented, and it is lovely to work with. It is dark, has great flow, and the nib on this fountain pen is great. [According to the Goulet Pen Company site, this pen’s nib is an EF.]
- [15:36] Goulet Pen Company videos
- Lamy Al-Star vs. Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop: Fountain Pen Battle [a Goulet Pen Company blog post; not mentioned in the show]
- [17:19] Dragon Catfish Green
- Guitar music: Nicholai Heidlas on SoundCloud
- Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops: A Bend-the-Rules Primer
- I Am Here Now: A Creative Mindfulness Guide and Journal