Monday, April 23, 2012

…"fountain pentivity journals"

I really, really, really love pens.  All kinds of pens.  I don't know where this obsession came from, but i have it.  One kind of pen that i love in particular is a fountain pen.  Because i letter, write and draw so much, i am served best by the kind of pen that is refillable. I call my daily pen writing "pentivity journals"…creative efforts with assorted pens and journals.
Here's a peek into one of my lettering, writing, doodling journals.   Mine is a Rhodia journal with pages filled with a varitey of ink colors and musings.  Try this in your own "pentivity journal" using whatever favorite pens or markers you have.  Any journal will do, just have someplace to write and practice every day.
Let's take a tour of my Rhodia book…in my journals i write with all different colors of ink.  Oh, and that's another tiny obsession, trying and using various colors and brands of fountain pen inks. (see the Goulet Pen Company for products)  On these pages, I'll write about the different colors, as a sampler for my own color reference.
 My favorite online store for shopping and learning all things fountain pens is  the Goulet Pen Company.  They are most knowledgeable, with outstanding customer service and have everything you can imagine for "pen people".  They even offer a discount to students in my online lettering classes, are true blue "penablers" and i love them!!  Brian Goulet, the owner also has excellent teaching videos and pen and ink resources in a feature called the "Fountain of Knowledge".  It's brilliant.


 …drawing and doodling with ink, knowing that my favorite pens, the Noodler's Flex pen used here are completely refillable with whatever color i want to use!!
 …sometimes i will write my favorite quotes or daydreams in this pentivity journal, trying new letterforms and writing styles.


 …this journal is freeing, and useful for asking questions of myself, reflecting on my artful life journey….

 …i really, really, really like getting lost in my "pentivity journals". You will too!  Join the fun, grab a journal and your favorite pens, whatever they may be, and illustrate your everyday musings.  Write words, thoughts, experiment with your different handwriting, letters, doodles…….get in a pen trance…….stretch your pentivity!
 Thanks for visiting!  What's your most favorite pen in the whole wide world??


51 comments:

  1. Joanne - you inspire me! I loved your lettering before I even knew who it belonged to and I am so happy to be taking your online class now.

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    1. yay Diane, aren't we having the BEST time!!! xoxoox

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  2. I took your advice and bought the Noodler, Flex pen Joanne and have fallen in LOVE! I've tried lots of different fountain pens but this one is a sweetheart. And the Goulet Company could not have been more delightful to work with. Your on-line workshops are filled with dazzling information, including yummy recommendations like these. THANK YOU!

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    1. so sorry that you caught my disease, LOL!!!! Good stuff though. :-)

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  3. What great handwriting play you are doing.. totally love it!

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  4. I love the different ways you use your pens! Very inspiring.

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  5. Oh how I'd love to be lost inside your brain for five minutes, watching all the ideas floating around and then seeing which ones make it to the paper. Love all of it <3

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    1. Rob, you are so funny, i am getting a visual of that and laughing hysterically!! xoxoox

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    2. I too, would love to go on a tour inside your brain!

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    3. Yes, Joanne's brain before the idea gets to the paper? A carnival of color, shape and joy ... I bet it's a beautiful day in that neighborhood! Ha!
      Cyndi Lou

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  6. my only mistake... only having 2 pens with only 2 colors of ink. need.more.color

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  7. Beautifully inspiring as always Joanne!

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    1. thanks for ALWAYS encouraging me Linda! xoxoxo

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  8. Thanks for sharing Joanne. I love the idea.
    Kat..

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  9. I see I need to come up with a favorite pen. You make them all look so yummy.

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  10. I LOVE my Noodler's Ahab fountain pens! Thank you Joanne for introducing them to me. I like the Ahab because they are bigger around. Only have 6 so need more for more colors!!! LOL

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    1. omg, the Ahabs are heaven, they hold like a WHOLE jar of ink, LOL!!!

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    2. I now own 20, yes 20, of these wonderful pens filled with different colors. You have inspired me to start my own fountain pentivity journal and maybe even a blog! (BTW, this is Margarette (Marg) from your online classes) Love you, girl!

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  11. Okay Miss Pen Enabler! If I were to start by buying one Noodler and one ink color-what would you recommend? Thrilled with the tracing paper trick...I am able to just relax and practice...plus I have extra background paper now for my journals :)

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  12. Sharon i love the Diamine inks the best. You can check the colors on the Goulet site. I have several colors of course! Pick your favorite.

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  13. Your journals are beautiful!!!

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  14. Wow.. Interesting, fun, AND coincidental as I JUST purchased my first pen and ink online yesterday, and can't wait till my mailman brings them here for me to try some new forms of "pentivity" myself!! I get frustrated sometimes with markers, and frankly a little bored with them even.. AND I like that I can refill these kinds of pens! I've only ordered black ink so far, but I'm sure I'll build up at least a small variety of colors in time! Have a great day! ~tina

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  15. Your work is so inspirational! i just love it! My favourite pen is also a fountain pen. Until now, I've only used it to write out reports or letters . I will be using it creatively to doodle. Thanks for the fantastic ideas!

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  16. Your journals are beautiful!!!

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  17. Your writing is beautiful. Thank you for inspiring me today.

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  18. Thanks for this post. I also have an inexplicable passion for pens and markers. I will be ordering from this great store and then I should look for a 12 step program for my writing impliment addiction...lol. I am in awe of your lettering an drawing. I love knowing you practice and play and then share with us. Thank you for your shopping tips and sharing your talent and knowledge. What a great post.

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  19. wow ik hou héél erg veel van jouw 'letters'

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  20. I'm loving your e-course and I love this post... Wonder though if you have any suggestions of how to approach the page with a new pen? Like an assignment or a challenge for us to think about?, instead of coming "empty" to the page. Thanks.

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    1. i always just start writing my favorite words like, faith, love, dream, imagine…….anything really. Just to get writing, start with the first thought that comes to your mind and write i! Have fun.

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  21. I love your style, your lettering is so gorgeous, so beautfiful, I am drooling! It makes me want to try...I am thinking on it. I just found you thru Terri Kahrs today! I love to collage, mixed media, art journaling, but I suck at writing and lettering and avoid it at all costs! I would love to be able to do it though. Will think on this this weekend...actually, I am very intimidated by this. Love to make jewelry too. Did I say I looove your blog and your art!

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    1. Sharon, are having the best time in our lettering classes! Thanks for your nice comments.

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  22. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your wonderful art of ABC's.... I could say more, but it would all mean the same....I love you stuff!
    p.s. did I mention I love you art?...lol

    blessings,
    Cindy♥

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    1. That's so sweet Cindy, glad you stopped by!

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  23. OMG! I am SUCH a pen addict, and I am afraid, my dear Joanne, that you are such an ENABLER....I am 66 years old, and there is no way, on God's green earth, that I will ever live long enough to use even half of the pens I own! Sooooo, guess my kids will be inheriting all my lovely pens from me....and I am most certain they will not know the value they truely have...ah well......

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    1. This is so funny Phyllis! I can't believe how much i love pens, it really is an illness, lol!

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  24. Joanne, you amaze me!!! Your newest follower #687. That's right, that number says volumes . . . you amaze everyone that is blessed to stumble across your blog. Totally Brilliant! Please accept my invitation to visit and hopefully to follow me, too. Have a great day, Connie :)

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  25. I am a lover of the Lamy fountain pen, but I really want a Noodler's flex. Just want to chime in on Goulet. I bought some gorgeous pink noodler's ink and they have lots of small samples of ink you can try without having to invest in the big bottle. Love that...not to mention their service really is superior in just about every way. Thanks for the beauty break. Melody

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    1. Oh Melody, you MUST get a Flex, they are amazing for the price. I have several to go with my several ink colors. Love!

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  26. Oh yessssss, this is so wonderful I am so happy to find your blog (through Goulet Pens facebook page). I adore pens, paper and calligraphy and colour. You give all those in your blog, beautiful! Thanks sweetie, you have a fan! Pen I've had for over 20 years is a Lamy Safari which reminds me I need to get a new one, the Apple Green looks fab but with all the comments about Noodlers I may have to try this out, price is easier on the wallet too!

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