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Inktober 2018 – Day 01; Rohrer & Klingner Helianthus

Inktober 01 - R&K Helianthus

Whoops! I almost missed the first day of Inktober, but I managed to get things done just in time. If you don’t know what Inktober is then check out the official website here, or if you don’t want to click away I’ll quote it here for you! 😉

Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.



Now Inktober has a theme for each day so technically I’m already breaking one of the guidelines by note adhering to it, but they are not rules, just guidelines! So technically I’m in the clear. 😛

For me though, Inktober is about the inks. I love the colors and I love beautiful pictures, but I’m not the artistic type and neither do I wish to improve my drawing skills. With that said I have to tell you that I’m not the person who did this drawing, but rather a very good and talented friend of mine. She is called Eli Tempfli and this is her first drawing with a fountain pen ink! We hope you guys like it! During this month, I’ll post pictures done by me and her using fountain pens inks!

Rohrer & Klingner Helianthus (50 ml bottled ink) Ink Swab
Rohrer & Klingner Helianthus (50 ml bottled ink) Ink Swab

As you can see from the swab and the picture, Rohrer & Klingner Helianthus is a beautiful saturated yellow going over to the orange side of the color spectrum. The ink itself is rather wet and because of that it’s a smooth writer. The downside is that runny ink with produce thicker line so you should take this into consideration when you’re purchasing a bottle.

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Pelikan Hub 2018 – Budapest, Hungary

Hey guys! 😀 You probably heard about the Pelikan Hub that gets organized each year (in 2018 we had the 5th Pelikan Hub). If you haven’t then have a look at this link and read up on it from Pelikan themselves. The tl;dr is that it’s a gathering of pen enthusiasts sponsored and coordinated (to a point) by Pelikan. I moved this year to Budapest so it was a no-brainer for me and my girlfriend to attend this year’s Pelikan hub.

It was an awesome experience and it was completely what I expected and how I imagined it would be like. The only problem was that it felt so short, time flew by and I swear I could have stayed with everyone for a couple of more hours discussing pens and inks. I’ll just do a quick summary of what happened and at the end you can find the gallery with some awesome photos. The truth is I was so preoccupied with all the new pens, inks, people and the experience in general that I completely forgot to take photos! So the photos in the post are provided by Daniel Berecz, the hubmaster for this year, Gábor Mészáros and Kym Bat, attendees at the hub.

Before we start I’d like to express my gratitude towards Daniel for hosting this year’s Pelikan Hub!

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The Fountain Pen Companion

Drop - The Fountain Pen Companion

Starting with this entry I would like to introduce a new type of post to the blog called a “drop”. These little short posts will be about things I find on the internet or thoughts related to fountain pens and inks. There is so much info to share with everyone on fountain pens and usually the small circle of enthusiasts already know most of it. However as I browse the forums I always see newcomers asking and looking for info. Hopefully posts similar to this one will make it easier for others to find neat things around the internet related to fountain pens or will include useful information that can help both new and more experienced fountain pen users alike.

Now the first drop I want to drop onto you is about a database. I was recently recommended to check out a site called “The Fountain Pen Companion” by another fountain pen enthusiast I met in Budapest and it’s an awesome service I think everyone should know about. If you don’t know what “The Fountain Pen Companion” (from hereon FPC) is, then let me feel you in. 😀

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