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Handwriting Showcase : Oh My Deer Handmades

15 Jul

 

When it comes to whimsical handwriting, Chelsea  from Oh My Deer (one of our long time faves) definitely takes the cake! She puts so much love into each character. Her custom pieces have so much gumption and exclusive style as well.  Enjoy her delightful blog and her Etsy shop. Send some love from all of us at European Paper!

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Handwriting Showcase : Dark Envelopes with Light Scripts

4 Jun

It’s wedding season! Whether you’re getting hitched or not, we get giddy thinking of all the hand-written correspondence opps a wedding can bring. It’s a perfect time to get inspired by beautiful penmanship. Here are some favorite inspirations of dark envelopes with glowing text we’ve loved on Etsy and beyond :

A Great Gatsby wedding or party theme by JillyInk on Etsy »

Beachy toned goodness from Ladyfingers Letterpress »

Fun “Ricardo” style from Sarah Watson Illustration »

Whimsical calligraphy for hire by TineAndThread on Etsy »

Are you a master at hand-lettering? Send us links to your site or tag us on Instagram : @EuroPaper – we’d love to see it! info [at] europeanpaper [dot] com
Feeling like addressing some fabulous envelopes? This stunning pink color from G.Lalo would look awesome with light lettering »
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Monday Notebook, Pen, & Ink Review Round-up

13 May

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Gourmet Pens: Review: @Exaclair G. Lalo Verge de France A5 Tablet – Blue

EdJelley: Clairefontaine Classic Notebook – Handwritten Review

These Beautiful Pens: More Paper Love: Le Typographe Writing Pad & Journal

Ink of me Fondly: Rhodia No.11 Notepad

Notebook Stories: Review: Piccadilly Softcover Notebook

Pens, Paper, Inks, Whatever: Clairefontaine Back to Basics 1951

Rants of the Archer: Review: Unlimited Notebook by Rhodia

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Comfortable Shoes Studio: Review: Palomino Blackwing Pencils

Well Appointed Desk: Ticonderoga Sensematic Mechanical Pencil  and Vintage Parker 21 Review

Ink of me Fondly: Lamy Raspberry Al-Star with J. Herbin Rouge Opera

Pencil Revolution: Review of Palomino Blackwing 602

Built from Ink and Tea: The Grand TWSBI Review – Part 2. A Review of the TWSBI Diamond 530 Fountain Pen

EdJelley: Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen – Handwritten Review

Pentorium: TWSBI VAC 700: Unboxing, First Impressions, and Writing Test! (Video) and TWSBI VAC 700 Long-term Review

On Fountain Pens: Review: Platinum Pocket Pen – from the 1970s!

Ink Reviews

EdJelley: J. Herbin – Terre de Feu – Handwritten Review

Ink of me Fondly: Tchaikovsky – De Atramentis Ink Review

Inkdependence: De Atramentis Moss Green and Noodler’s Gruene Cactus Eel

Inked Up & Happy: Requested review: Iroshizuku´s Ku-Jaku

FPGeeks: Inkcyclopedia: Cross Blue

Built from Ink & Tea: Review of Noodler’s Nightshade Ink

PenInkCillin: Private Reserve Invincible Aqua Blue

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Monday Notebook, Pen, & Ink Review Round-up

25 Mar

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Life Imitates Doodles: Review of Stillman & Birn’s Zeta Paper #Stillman&Birn

EdJelley: R by Rhodia No. 18 Lined Notepad – Handwritten Review

Plannerisms: Moleskine Action Planner

Pen/Pencil Reviews

FPGeeks: Edison Beaumont Pneumatic – The Awesome Review

Well Appointed Desk: TWSBI Mini Review…Finally

Ink of me Fondly: Lamy Safari & Al-Star Nib Size Comparison

Fine Points: Review: Pentel Slicci .25

Built from Ink and Tea: Review of the Hero 616 Jumbo Fountain Pen

Gourmet Pens: Review: Airmail 444 Eyedropper Fountain Pen – Flex

Fountain Pen Quest: Review: TWSBI Vac 700

From the Pen Cup: Icon: Lamy 2000 (Makrolon)

Pentorium: Fountain Pen Guide Series, Session 2: The Difference A Filling System Makes

Ink Reviews

EdJelley: Noodler’s Apache Sunset – Handwritten Review

Built From Ink and Tea: Review of Noodler’s Blue-black Ink

Fountain Pen Quest: Ink Notes: J. Herbin Cafe Des Iles

Pentorium: Ink Review: Noodler’s Bulletproof Black

 

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Monday Notebook, Pen, & Ink Review Round-up

7 Jan

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Life Imitates Doodles: Leuchtturm Pocket Hard Cover Ruled Notebook

Comfortable Shoes Studio: Semi Review: 2 Budget Friendly Sketchbooks

East, West, Everywhere: Rhodia Weekly Planner

Quo Vadis Blog: Guest post: Notebook Inspiration

Fountain Pen Quest: Rhodia DotPad Quick Look

Gourmet Pens: Clairefontaine Basics Wirebound Notebook + Pockets

Well Appointed Desk: Paperblanks 2013 Weekly Planner

Pen/Pencil Reviews

EdJelley: Lamy Safari – Handwritten Review

Inktronics: Wancher 807 Fountain Pen Review – Handwritten

From the Pen Cup: Platinum #3776 Century Chartres Blue Fountain Pen

Economy Pens: Pilot EasyTouch Pro (Medium) Black, Blue, and Red

FPGeeks: Hands-on with the Lamy 2000M stainless steel fountain pen

Ink Reviews

Well Appointed Desk: J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite Anniversary Ink

EdJelley: Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron – Handwritten Review

Inkdependence: Diamine Ancient Copper

East, West, Everywhere: De Atramentis Magenta Purple

PenInkCillin: Diamine Cerise Ink Review

Monday Morning Review Round-up

30 Apr

Ink Reviews

PenInkCillin: Private Reserve Electric DC Blue

Seize the Dave: De Atramentis Aubergine

Notebook Reviews

East, West, Everywhere: Kokuyo Campus High Grade MIO Paper A5 Notebook

Ethereal Voices: Canson 5×8 Sketchbook

Plannerisms: Planner Pad

Tyler Dahl: Apica Mini

Pen/Pencil Reviews

On Fountain Pens: kikki.k: Kontor Fountain pen and Silver Flower Gel pen

Rhonda Eudaly: Blue Timber Wood Studios Cigar Style Artisan Pen

Gourmet Pens: PaperMate InkJoy 700RT 1.0mm Ballpoint Pens

Stamp Reviews

Your Postal Blog: Remaining Stamp Releases for 2012 & The José Ferrer Stamp

Letter Writer’s Alliance: Twentieth-Century Poets, The Civil War:1862, & José Ferrer

 

Monday Morning Review Round-up

23 Apr

Ink Reviews

Stationery Traffic: Pelikan Blue Black

PenInkCillin: Noodler’s Dragon’s Napalm

Pen/Pencil Reviews

On Fountain Pens: Noodler’s Ahab Flex Nib Piston Fill Fountain Pen

East, West, Everywhere: Pilot Plumix

Rhonda Eudaly:  Stabilo Bionic Worker

Simplicity Embellished: Disposable Fountain Pens

From the Pen Cup: The Rotring Skynn

Gourmet Pens: Itoya Paper Skater Gel Pen

No Pen Intended: Pilot Acroball Smooth Writing Ballpoint & Pilot Prera Clear Body Fountain Pen

Office Supply Geek: Pilot G-TEC-C .4mm

Multi-Pen Dimensions: Schrade U.S. Army Tactical Pen

FPGeeks: TWSBI Micarta Fountain Pen

Tiger Pens: Pentel Sterling Executive Rollerball

Crazy Suburban Mom: Whitelines Spiralbound Notebook

 

Made in the USA: Noodler’s Ink

29 Mar

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 Created in Massachusetts, U.S.A., by Nathan Tardif, Noodler’s Ink is the “smallest ink company in the world with the largest color selection.” Not only does Nathan make Noodler’s Ink 100% in the USA from cap to glass to ink, the labels are even printed with Noodler’s own formulas.

Providing archival quality, Noodler’s Inks are heralded by fountain pen enthusiasts for their variety and reliability. Noodler’s is quite economically focused (as you’ll find via the ink’s stories) and you’ll never find an ink cartridge pre-filled with Noodler’s ink. Straight from Noodler’s website: “Noodler’s refuses to manufacture ink cartridges due to the egregious economics these disposable bits of plastic form as an illusion of value until compared with the economics of the glass bottle.” Therefore, Noodler’s 3-ounce glass bottles stand proud and come filled to the brim so you get every penny’s worth of the ink you love!

Noodler’s Standard Inks

Noodler's Standard Inks (3 oz.)With a wide variety of colors from which to choose, Noodler’s Standard Inks are very saturated, giving you a rich, clean line as you write, and as an added bonus, there is less feathering and bleedthrough. Each ink has a high dye concentration (giving you that saturated color), yet with a neutral pH so they won’t affect your fountain pens. Nathan at Noodler’s aims to make all his inks the most economical on the market. He epitomizes that on the label as “the catfish symbolizes a southern sport that attempts to equalize the struggle between man and animal in the quest for a sense of fair play – and thus a fair price.”

Choose from Noodler’s Antietam, Army Green, Blue, Forest Green, Habanero, Midnight Blue, Navajo Turquoise, Purple, Red, and Standard Green.

Noodler’s Bernanke Inks

Noodler's Bernanke Inks (3 oz.)What drew us to Noodler’s (other than the brilliant variety of inks, of course) was Nathan’s animated nature toward ink creation. In our research, it’s quite obvious his passion for ink and politics leads to the creation of several of the best inks on the market – not simply for the ink, but for the story.  Noodler’s Bernanke Ink is a perfect example.

Created specifically for those who require a fast drying ink, such as left-handed writers and sketchers, it’s available in two colors – Bernanke Blue and Bernanke Black. The ink is directly named for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in reference to how quickly Bernanke prints new money (thus he must need such a fast-drying ink!).  Noodler’s Bernanke Ink has a dry time of .5 – 1.5 seconds, living up to its creator’s dream and the delight of fountain pen enthusiasts.
Noodler's Baystate Inks (3 oz.)

Noodler’s Baystate Inks

One specific heralded waterproof ink from Noodler’s is Baystate Blue, based on a classic colonial cobalt ink. Baystate Blue has a slightly more alkaline pH than other Noodler’s inks, but still produces an extremely saturated blue, appearing almost electric on paper.

Noodler’s aims to be the most economical ink on the market and provides not only archival quality with Baystate Blue, but also waterproof quality when dry. Just be careful not to get it on clothes or other items that may stain as it dries quickly!

Noodler’s Bulletproof Inks

Noodler's Bulletproof Inks (3 oz.)
Available in Noodler’s Black or No. 41 Brown, Noodler’s Bulletproof Inks are forgery-resistant, water-resistant, and everlasting. Their durability is a testament to Noodler’s special ink properties that continue to be refined with each batch. Noodler’s Bulletproof inks are free-flowing meaning both Noodler’s Black and No. 41 Brown put down a strong, steady line when writing, without feathering or bleedthrough.

Noodler’s No. 41 Brown is a rich and deeply saturated brown ink with warm tones (named for Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts). And Noodler’s Black is a truly deep black, showing no shades of grey or the like. Just don’t mix either ink with conventional inks as the fraud-proof properties will be negated. And with such perfect inks to begin with, we’re sure these will both quickly become regulars in your ink supply.

Monday Morning Review Round-up

12 Mar

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Recording Thoughts: Living with the Leuchtturm1917 Master Dots notebook

Plannerisms: Guest post: Millie’s Moleskine weekly notebook as journal!

Pen/Pencil Reviews

From the Pen Cup: The Pilot Acroball 3

Well Appointed Desk: Lamy Studio Brushed Stainless Steel & My Vintage Esterbrook Fountain Pens

Multi Pen Dimensions: Lamy Tipo Rollerball Aluminum Pen

No Pen Intended: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Slim Knock Gel Ink Pen

Note Booker Esq.: Tombow Object Rollerball

Stamp Reviews

365 Letters Blog: Beautiful Stamps & National Postal Museum celebrating women

Mailbox Happiness: Texas Brags Postcard-Texas Size!

 

Friday Blogger Tuck-ins

2 Dec

1 –> Margana over at Inkophile gave some great advice regarding buying pens, paper or ink and when to trust online reviews. Read it here.

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2 –> The Letter Writers Alliance gives great instructions on how to host your own letter-writing social here, and also gives the main U.S.P.S. dates for holiday mailings to arrive on schedule here. (LWA also provided the link to the USPS website that provides more holiday details for international, military, and domestic shipping and mailing. Here’s the link.)

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3 –>  Kim at Tiger Pens did a nice, short review on the Pilot V4 Disposable Fountain Pen. And TonyB at Tiger Pens had a great Blog Review & Interview of Rhonda Eudaly, which you can read here. (Rhonda’s blog link is here, plus you can find it in our blogroll in the right-hand column.)

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4 –> Karen D. posted about the Problem of Shipping Charges on the Quo Vadis Blog and we’re so glad she did! It’s an issue customers bring up to us all the time as well and we do our best to please you all. That’s why we have shipping offers like our current one, which is free standard shipping on orders of $50 or more.

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5 –> And to end on a really cool video of How Ink is Made, we have to thank Azizah of GourmetPens.com for sharing it first! (It was originally posted in 2010.)