The Final Ink Drop

Yup, you read that right – this is the last one. Goulet Pens announced earlier this month that they were discontinuing the Ink Drop program. Oddly enough, the main reason was because it was too popular, which doesn’t seem to make sense. So much so that I mentioned to to our business teacher as a possible case study for his students. They explained it rather well, though.

The end of the Ink Drop was a bit anticlimactic, and a lot of comments seemed to be, “But what about ME?!” I admit, it would have been nice to end with a bit more flourish (a writing joke -get it?) but it is what it is, and I’m thankful that I was able to benefit from the program for as long as I did.

That said, here’s this month’s colors! The theme is “Forest Foray”.

2016.04 Ink Drop

As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a fan of brown fountain pen inks. Walnut ink passes muster, but not much else. Indeed, Earth Brown has a little more yellow in it than I would like, and while Terracotta is more on the red end of brown, if I wanted an orangy ink, there are a lot of others I could go with. But that’s just me – your mileage may vary.

As for the greens, They’re all good. Forest Green is dark and rich, Sherwood green is a little more obvious in its Green-ness, and Magical Forest… Well, it’s one of Diamine’s “Shimmertastic” inks, and it lives up to the label. It’s almost ostentatiously shiny.

As an aside – I don’t think I’ll ever use a Shimmertastic ink in a pen. The glittery bits settle pretty quickly, and if there’s one thing you never want to do, it’s shake a fountain pen. I’ve been getting lots of use out of them for calligraphy, though.

So there we are. That’s it for the Ink Drop, which means several things:

  1. I’ll finally be able to start running down the trillion little ink samples I have on my desk, and
  2. I’ll need to find something else to put on this blog. Damn you, Goulet, for making me actually put effort into something!

I’d like to extend my appreciation again to Goulet Pens for having provided this service, and I really can’t recommend them enough. I’ve bought from them many times – pen, paper, ink, supplies – and they will continue to be my first choice in this regard.

Now. What else to write about…?

3 thoughts on “The Final Ink Drop

  1. nadinerpg April 27, 2016 / 5:15 pm

    I seem to remember them saying or writing somewhere that there still will be themed selections fairly regularly, just not as a continuous order but something that would have to be ordered every month. Perhaps that’d be a good alternative for your blog?
    Just an idea.

    And is it just me or do all Noodler’s inks look amazing? Sadly, I was just thinking about joining the Ink Drop when it ended, but the explanation really was a good one and I think I would have been one of the reasons for it not working out in the end, seeing as Germany isn’t the easiest to ship to. Or least expensive. 🙂

    That said, good luck finding new topics, because your calligraphy is really beautiful and I think I’ll drop by a bit more often now.


    • Chris Gladis April 27, 2016 / 7:53 pm

      Many thanks! I’ll try to be generous with myself – I do some calligraphy every day, and while not all of it is fit for public consumption, I figure there has to be at least one bloggable piece per week. I hope so, anyway.

      As for the inks, I’m glad Goulet will continue to have themed and random selections, and I’ll probably take advantage of those. Not once a month, though – I have enough ink to get through as it is!


  2. nadinerpg April 28, 2016 / 2:40 am

    You are so lucky to have Goulet 🙂 Here (in Germany) we have one service that does something alike, and they’re more semi-hobbyists than professional as I understood it. Not quite that selection either. And while I ordered from Goulet last week (and am eagerly awaiting delivery), the shipping costs are horrenduous. And the whole customs thing always takes ages…

    You are way more continuous with that hobby than I am. I switch hobbies like clothes, really. 🙂 But it shows in your pieces and I’ll certainly keep watching 🙂


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