Monday, April 21, 2014

Noodler's Antietam and Noodler's Burma Road Brown

Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen in Pearl (2013 edition)

I must admit, I am really starting to like this pen. Now I see why so many people who like fountain pens, use this brand of pen. The Lamy Al-Star fountain pen. It is a bit lighter in weight than I am used to (since I am used to Moteverde's tool pen and a durable Sheaffer 100 pen). However, it has held up in the short amount of time that I have owned this.

When I purchased this pen, I also decided to give some different inks and colors a try. Noodlers appears to have the larger selection of all the inks available at Goulet Pens so hence I chose two from Noodlers. Noodler's Antietam and Noodler's Burma Road Brown. Both inks I am kind of partial too.

Noodlers Antietam
When I first started using Noodler's Antietam, I actually like it. The color was beautiful vibrant, and yet dark enough that you could still read the words. I did notice that with this ink, it goes on lighter and dries darker. The difference isn't huge, but it is enough to notice. I even used this ink on some really thin notepad paper. I had hardly any bleeding either (unless th ere was a spot where I applied heavier pressure with the pen).

Noodler's Burma Road Brown

After a few days of writing with the Antietam, I cleaned out my Lamy pen and switched inks to Noodler's Burma Road Brown. This ink also goes on really smooth. I think I might like this ink more so than the Antietam. The color reminds me of muddy water. Or maybe diluted mud. Either way, a couple of days writing with this ink will tell more.

Both Noodler Inks side by side

So, with that, the journaling continues! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Journey Down a Dirt Road

Laclede, ID, USA
For those of you who know me, you know that I love taking photos of old barns or country scenes. Nature is one of the most calming things for me. I especially love photographing it. Especially when there is a scene like the one above. Beautiful blue skies, warm day, the sun was out and I decided to take a detour on our way home. It was a nice drive.

I have been chomping at the bit lately for a few get out and take some more photos (get my camera back up and running) and for a new journal or two. I have been reading reviews on different journals and new journal companies/makers. Papernotes (different than Paperblanks) is something I want to try. And for the price, they are pretty affordable. I need something fountain pen friendly, and that has small enough line spacing. I have a few, like Piccadilly, that I like. However, their paper is not always fountain pen friendly.

I am looking forward to adding some more items to my "Wishlist" page and deleting some items that I already have (hehehe). In the meantime I figured I would share some pictures that have been taken in the past week.

How can you ignore a face this cute?! - Abba Zabba

That is a lot of white!! Bits and Ice. Yes, the one towards the back eats
with his butt in the air

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Papernotes Journals/Notebooks via: Notebook Stories

Looks like I have a new journal to try! Papernotes.  I have been looking for something beyond Paperblanks, Piccadilly, Moleskine, and Exacompta journals. I like them all, but wanted to see if there was something out there that better fit my needs/wants in a journal. Thank you to Notebook Stories for doing a review on these journals. I may just have to get one in the near future, when I am able to save some extra money, and get one (or maybe a few).

The lines of Papernotes look thin enough for my hand writing also. I have fallen for Piccadilly notebooks & journals because of their thin line spacing. I have yet to see how my fountain pens work on one though. Papernotes appears to support fountain pen use and almost any other pen (besides sharpie).

One of the best parts of this journal... it COMES with a pen holder! I am always scrounging around for a good pen to use when journaling (especially on the go). Now I can just attach a pen and call it good.