Eye Candy: Papier Plume Desire (New Orleans Collection Fountain Pen Ink)

This week, Papier Plume released a new ink in their “New Orleans Collection” fountain pen ink line: Desire ($10 for 30ml bottle). Inspired by the legendary Tennessee Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire” and the passion and desire of the characters, this ink captures their interpretation of a New Orleans Desire. The ink is a…

Eye Candy: Lamy Safari Candy Fountain Pen Collection (and Giveaway)

Eye Candy: Lamy Safari Candy Fountain Pen Collection (and Giveaway)

The Lamy Safari Candy Collection ($29.60 for fountain pens) is their 2020 special edition collection. There are three new colors in this collection and what is unique to these pens compared to the regular line of Safari fountain pens is that the whole pen is colored to match the body including the clip: the Mango…

Giveaway: Faber-Castell Grip Fountain Pens (Pearl Mint Green, Turquoise and Rose)

I really need to put together a revised Top 5 Fountain Pens Under $25. I would definitely include the Faber-Castell Grip in that list. I reviewed it last year. This year, Faber-Castell released three new colors for this pen: Pearl Mint Green, Pearl Turquoise and Pearl Rose. All three models are available in EF, F…

Vintage Ink Bottle Discovery: Akkerman Predecessors

For the last decade, I was always under the impression that the Akkerman bottles were unique to Akkerman. This past week though, I stumbled across some vintage ink bottles on Pinterest that look quite similar. This ad for Waterman ink features a bottle similar to the Dutch Masters bottle shape, complete with the marble in…

Eye Candy: Princeton Architectural Press Little Notes

Eye Candy: Princeton Architectural Press Little Notes

When Princeton Architectural Press sent me their newest Little Notes in African Batik  and Katazome (30 sheets and envelopes $16.95) a couple weeks ago, I thought to myself, “Well, these are cute but will people get much use out of them?” Then, the Covid-19 lockdowns started and I realized that these little notes are more…

Eye Candy: Daiso Ink Sample Holder

Eye Candy: Daiso Ink Sample Holder

This Daiso ceramic doodad (12 for $20.16) was not originally designed to hold ink sample vials but it’s absolutely perfect for it. It’s actually designed to hold a toothbrush. Sample vials (5ml size) fit in this ceramic holder perfectly. It keeps me from tipping over a sample vial when I’m doing swatch samples or just…