Friday, October 07, 2011
Karma looks a bit annoyed.
This is why neither of us can sleep.
Note: It was so windy on the porch you can't hear a word I said--LOL!
And it hasn't let up yet. Bang...bang...bang...bang. So, as long as I was forced to stay awake, I thought I'd share my GouletPens haul with you that arrived yesterday!!
They always package everything in many layers! Excellent!
Here's the unwrapped goodies!
They had Sheaffer cartridges on sale. I use them for my old calligraphy pens so I got blue, blue-black, and turquoise. Below those boxes is the J. Herbin small glass pen in violet.
J. Herbin package of 10 small sheets of blotter paper. I was kind of surprised that each sheet has this design on the one side. Because you can usually use both sides of blotter paper and you'd think the ink print and designs would interfere with the blotting? Maybe not?
G. Lalo Verge de France A5 writing tablet in Champagne.
Rhodia Webnotebook (5 1/2 X 8 1/4) and No. 16 Premium Notepad--both blank and orange.
Quo Vadis Habana Notebook--blank, red--6 X 9.
I believe G. Lalo, Quo Vadis, and Rhodia are all subdivisions of Clairefontaine. (www.exaclair.com) So, naturally, I have been planning to try them all out. ;) I fully expect them all to be marvelous with fountain pens!
I do like the Exacompta refillable journal I bought with the silver edged paper and the forest green cover...for no bleed through and little shadowing...but it takes so long for the ink to dry that I had to order the blotting paper sheets. This is why I am still trying different journals and plan to see if I can sew my own journal covers this winter after the holidays. Don't ask me why I love having a journal cover so much...I just do. LOL!
Oh, and the Ink Drop arrived for October!
"Autumn Leaves II"
I plan to test these new fun sample inks with my brand new glass dip pen. :):)
Also got a big bottle of Blue Ghost invisible ink with a free pen and tiny blacklight. The pen can be used either as a fountain pen or a roller ball pen. I am going to try setting it up as a roller ball for something different.
As usual, Nathan has the most elaborate, interesting labels. Here he shows the bottles and writing under a black light...
...guys fishing? (I really need to read the fine print.) And more writing examples--with and without black light.
He loves his catfish...and here the fishing guys are surprised by a giant "Blue Ghost" catfish. Below that pic it looks like the catfish is fishing underwater and the guys are gone (eaten? invisible?). Oh, Nathan! He has such a strange sense of humor--LOL! I have got to read all the small print on this bottle. ;)
The glass dip pens have been around since the 1700s. The glass flutes that spin around the nib hold the ink after the pen is dipped. As you write, the ink slides down the flutes to the tip. Oh, and that textured paper under the glass pen in this shot is the G. Lalo.
And here's a shot against the red cover of the Quo Vadis Habana.
I already have a set of glass pens--a large and a small--that I bought maybe 20 years ago or more. Pretty, but they have never, ever worked. Brian and Rachel Goulet had that problem with the pens not working when they started selling them. If the flutes don't come all the way down to the tip, I suppose. That's what I figure is wrong with mine. Anyways, the Goulets complained and rejected the pens until they started getting better ones from J. Herbin. Plus Brian tests each one of them now. I haven't tried my new one yet but, thanks to Brian, I am expecting it to work. I'll let you know. :)
I have had some strange things happening. First of all, I went to use my sample Blue Ghost ink after about a month or so. I had cleaned out a pen and had put most of the sample bottle (via syringe) into the empty cleaned out cartridge. The pen had lain on my table in the meantime. When I went to use it--it had lost all it's properties. Was like water. Black light showed nothing. But the teeny bit I had left in the sample bottle still worked? So, I emailed Brian Goulet...and somehow my email got bumped into spam!
Well, I was determined to buy the Blue Ghost ink regardless. I would use a new dry pen or only use a dip pen if I had to. I get too much of a kick out of sending invisible notes. (Even if Dagan and Leah completely forgot what I showed them, thought I was going senile sending them a blank card, and tossed it into recycling...I shall persist!) I made a comment with my order about not hearing back about the Blue Ghost ink...and got an quick response. :):)
Spam. I was spam. Boy! I seem to have some bad luck fluke fairies following me around the last few weeks, eh? Really bad fibro flare that doesn't want to quit and then I'm spam--ROFL!
This too shall pass. ;)
Anyways, Brian had no clue why the invisible ink lost its properties over time. He'll try to remember to ask Nathan. The notes I wrote at that time are still good and the ink retained its glow, as you can see from Iggy's blog here. I figure there was probably a tiny bit of water left in the pen and the cartridge? But would a drop or two of water change the invisible ink to water, too? Odd, eh? If I find out why, I'll let you know. In the meantime, I'll fill a brand new dry pen...and just wait and see.
Well, I am obviously looking at a zombie day ahead. It is 3:15am (I have to take breaks) and the flap is still beating. Karma, though, is snoring in her chair. Cats don't sweat the small stuff. I am usually pretty good about that, myself...but sometimes...grrr! Sorry for the cranky video--ROFL! The wind is supposed to continue all day now on Friday with gusts up to 55mph and scattered thunderstorms. Looks like a good day to curl up in my chair and veg out with the TV or a good book. This blog will probably be my big accomplishment for the day--ROFL!
"If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars."