Inka Dinka Doo. I Like Ink. Do You?
Has anyone ever been unhappy shopping for art supplies? I went to an art supply store the other day. It's in an old enough building, the floors creak while you walk the aisles. My goal was to find a new color of ink to use with a fountain pen that hadn't been active in a while. So many art supplies shops that were present in my youth up until now are gone. I truly mourn the loss of Pearl Art (still in New York) that we had for a while. I could spend hours in there looking at paint and colored pencils and all of the beautiful handmade papers.
Sometime in my early 20's it was all about a mahogany brown that I used with a cream stationery, the envelopes lined with a reproduction of an antique browned map of the world. My first time in London I went to Smythson's and fell in love with color bordered papers (they even made mourning paper--something I had first read about in "Brideshead Revisited," by Evelyn Waugh. Sebastian Flyte writes to his friend Charles on his parent's Victorian mourning paper, because he's bored and wants company after breaking his foot in an alcohol fueled fall--and I've always been loyal to Crane paper, started by Stephen Crane in Boston in 1770.
I chose a sanguine red, called "Deep Red" that looks rather like dried blood, and I'm using it for my Moore fountain pen, Moore being a defunct pen company out of Boston. I bought the pen several years ago from a fountain pen specialist in Somerville, just a short distance from Harvard. It's nothing fancy, a real workhorse of a pen and it has sentimental value. I tend to use one color of ink with each pen so that hues don't muddied and not reflect their true shade. I photographed a recent pen I bought that has a silver and checkerboard effect that I use for emerald ink, and probably for the longest period of my fountain pen existence, I've been writing with green inks.
You have to slow down and think when writing with ink.
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