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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: GOUACHE v. Newer Inks
« on: March 22, 2014, 11:57:12 AM »
I'm still very much at the experimenting stage with gouache, but what strikes me is the opacity, not something you'll get with the general run of dye-based fountain pen inks.

Touching on Noodler's for a moment (always a good subject to liven up a sleepy fountain pen discussion ...) the range is so vast now and the various inks exhibit such a range of properties that it's impossible to generalise.  Most flow far too wet for dip pen use as supplied, but a few work very nicely out of the bottle, for pointed pen at least.  Golden Brown, for instance, is wonderful.

More generally, iron gall fountain pen inks usually seem to cooperate with dip nibs, so you get that lovely tight line quality along with the waterproofness for envelopes.  My current favourite is Ecclesiastical Stationery Supplies Registrars' Ink (just as well since I have a lot of it), but any of the others from Rohrer & Klingner, Diamine, Lamy etc should do well, with the possible exception of the old Montblanc Midnight Blue which was judged not as waterproof as it should have been, hence the recent reformulation.  The advantage of these over calligraphers' IG inks is that they're relatively benign as far as corrosion goes - I'm thinking here of Blots in particular which could probably dissolve a nib completely given a week or so.

Introductions / Re: Hi from the UK
« on: March 22, 2014, 11:24:51 AM »
Hello Ken, nice to see you here.   :)

Introductions / Re: Hello from London! Anyone else from the UK?
« on: March 22, 2014, 11:23:40 AM »
Hello Emma, from the new UK guy.   :)

I don't know that there's a "one-stop shop" for everything in this country, but I'll certainly second the recommendation for Blots.  Their iron gall ink is remarkable stuff, by the way.  Also, these people are very good in my experience:

... especially if you have any interest in vintage nibs.  That said, the link to above was an eye opener, so many thanks to Nikki and Estefa for that.

Introductions / Hello from Yorkshire, UK
« on: March 22, 2014, 11:10:38 AM »
Hello everyone, this seems like an unusually friendly place.   :)

I'm Andy, a cabinetmaker and one time draughtsman from the North of England.  My interests are probably more in the realm of handwriting than calligraphy strictly speaking, specifically Spencerian and the kind of everyday style used by British clerks in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  As things stand I've studied a great deal more than I've practiced, and still need to overcome 40 years or so of writing with finger action.  One or two of you might recognise me from a certain fountain pen forum (hello, Ken).  I'm an inveterate letter writer and getting increasingly interested in mail art, and was fascinated by the decorative possibilities which came to light by following the links in the Zentangle board.  Mostly, I'm looking forward to spending some time in congenial, like-minded company.

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