It’s been almost 6 months since we moved into this new space, but we finally, finally have new ink swabs up on the shelves! I know some of you were asking what was taking so long, and really, it was finding enough time to do this massive project properly.
We wanted to make sure we were organized enough to do it all correctly, because we also wanted to make an ink book at the same time. Over a few long and dark nights, there was paper chopping and ink spilled and lengthy discussions about burgundy vs brown and turquoise vs “peacock blue.”
But now, we have an ink book! I know a lot of you were also asking for this, because sometimes you want to be able to compare inks in just one place, and know that you’re seeing “all of the reds” or “all of the blues,” rather than walking around between the shelves.
Our ink book is sorted two ways: by brand and by colour. In our table of contents, which I unwisely wrote in fountain pen first, you can look up either all of the inks of a certain colour, or all of the inks in a certain brand.
Our next step (and by our, I mean Jon’s) is going to be scanning and uploading all of these to the website. That is going to be another huge undertaking, with colour correction and getting the swab onto the same shot as the bottle of ink so you don’t have to click around so much. I will be making the snacks while all of this scanning is going on, and Jon is saying, “Liz, we need to hire some sort of technology intern…”
All this said, just remember that there’s still a bit of human inconsistency in how the swabs look – for example, just a little bit of looser or extra cotton on a q-tip means quite a bit of difference in how wet the q-tip can be, which makes a difference in how rich or saturated the swabs look. We tried our best to use our judgement to make each swab as reasonably consistent as possible. Also remember that the swab is an indication of colour, but the ink line coming out of your pen will be different from how it look in the swab.
The best part of all this sitting down and freshly swabbing every ink is getting to see all of these inks again! It reminded me of a few inks that I once loved but had forgotten, and also a few inks that I’ve never tried but now have next on my list. I kept a page on the side with small swabs of all the inks that are next to be put into a pen…
I didn’t write down the names of them as I was swabbing since I was waiting for the ink to dry, and I thought it might be fun to hold a mini contest! Any guesses?? The first closest guess in the comments over the next three days will receive a surprise package from me in the mail! It will be some fun and exciting treats, stationery related, or maybe not! 🙂
And, I’ll give you a few hints, because I feel like this may be a bit tricky, and because I like giving hints.
I’ll number them like so:
1 – 2 – 3 – 4
5 – 6 – 7 – 8
9 – 10
11 – 12
No. 3 has the name of a country in its name.
No. 10 has the name of a season.
No. 11 is one of my all-time favourite inks, and I’ve done a review of it in the past.
Of the swabs, there are:
2 J. Herbin
2 Rohrer & Klingner
Seven of the inks have two or more words in the name (other than the brand), for example, Alt Bordeaux – which is not one of the inks.
Four of the inks begin with the letter “A”.
If you come in and ask, Jon will tell you one of the inks.
And here are a few more shots: