2016 Pantone Color of the Year & Your Favorite Office Supplies

Rose Quartz & Serenity - Pantone Colors of the Year 2016

Rose Quartz & Serenity – Pantone Colors of the Year 2016

The Pantone color of the year for 2016 is actually a pairing of two colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity. The Pantone website explains the thought behind their selection for this year:

Joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

Would you like to add these calm, relaxing colors to your stationery arsenal? Below are a few of our favorite choices of pens, ink and paper related items that are part of this color family.

The first pens that come to my mind when I think of Serenity and Rose Quartz are the Platinum Plaisir fountain pens in a pearlized soft pink and frosty blue. Also worth mentioning is the popular Aurora Style Aquamarine pale blue fountain pen.

It’s not common to find pastel shades of fountain pen ink, however there are a few inks out there that remind me of the 2016 Pantone colors. Noodler’s Periwinkle Eternal Ink is inspired by the color of the blue curve of a periwinkle snail’s shell and Noodler’s Ink Polar Blue makes me think of washed denim. J. Herbin’s Bouquet d’Antan is a soft, muted shade of light pink. If the thought of a tropical sea makes you feel relaxed, then try J. Herbin Bleu Azur fountain pen ink.

The PlePle Candy Wrap Pen and Pencil Case is a calming shade of blue.

Personalize your letters or other items by using a brass stamp and J. Herbin Rose colored Supple Sealing Wax.

Shades of blue and pink pastel paper can be found in Clairefontaine’s Multiple Subject Notebooks (small, medium or large) and Clairefontaine Loose Sheets of paper with Graph or French Rules. Exacompta also has pastel colored index cards that are super smooth and their grid lines make it so that any side of the card can be the top.

What are your favorite Rose Quartz and Serenity blue colored pens, paper and ink?

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Reflecting on 2015 and Welcoming 2016

Thank you very much everyone for a wonderful year!  We have plenty of things to be thankful for as we reflect on 2015. A couple of our favorite limited edition fountain pens were released: the Pelikan M205 in beautiful Amethyst and the copper orange LAMY Al-Star.

Pelikan Classic Special Edition M205 Fountain Pen - Amethyst

Pelikan Classic Special Edition M205 Fountain Pen – Amethyst

We were excited to see J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor 1670 Anniversary Ink, and the Secret Garden and Clairefontaine Coloring Books for grownups during 2015.

Clairefontaine Coloring Book - birch trees colored with fountain pen ink

Clairefontaine Coloring Book – birch trees colored with fountain pen ink

Avid readers were happy to receive the Leuchtturm 1917 Ex Libris Private Reading Journal to create written memories of novels and other books they’ve read.

We’ve been working on expanding the helpful information in our Beginner’s Guide to Fountain Pens – check it out if you haven’t done so already. Here are some of the most popular articles:

Our 5 most popular blog posts from 2015:

As we move along in 2016, we’re not sure what new and exciting pens and paper will appear in our online store or what new blog posts we will write. We do know that we will continue to offer discounted prices every day on a wide variety of paper notebooks, fountain pens, appointment books and Eurogames. Thanks again for a great year!

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