Get the Ink Out – Ink Stain Removal

Ink Stain

As a person who loves pens, fountain pens and all sorts of art supplies, there have been many occasions when I’ve needed to remove ink stains from different types of cloth and other surfaces. I’m happy to report that I’ve had success most of the time with my ink removal efforts.

I’m not a stain-removal expert, but here are some of the things I’ve learned from my own experiences: I’ve found that the sooner you can try removing the ink stain the better the results will be. Testing the stain removal method you’re going to use in an inconspicuous place before tackling the problem is important too. Once or twice I’ve ended up with a noticeable faded spot on a garment when I didn’t take the time to do this kind of test first. Be sure not to put any garment in a clothes dryer if the ink stain hasn’t been completely removed from the fabric. The heat from the dryer can permanently set the stain. I always allow a garment to air-dry first before I determine whether or not my stain removal was successful. If the garment needs a second treatment and another wash cycle the stain often comes out the second time around.

The effectiveness of each method of stain removal will vary depending on what type of ink created the stain. When I’ve tried to remove ballpoint ink and permanent ink, I’ve had the most success when using alcohol based stain removal methods. Once I used hairspray to remove a bunch of ballpoint ink from the cloth upholstery in my car. Water-based ink, including many types of fountain pen ink, is so much easier to remove, especially if you work on it right away.

What ink stain experiences have you had? I haven’t tried the milk or glycerin stain removal methods yet. Please share some of your favorite methods!

Here are some websites with plenty of instructions on how to remove ink stains:

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10 Fountain Pens to Buy For Your Boyfriend

Fountain pens make great gifts! They are sophisticated and retro, reduce writing fatigue, can be refilled over and over again and when taken care of can become a family heirloom. So what fountain pen will you buy for the man in your life? In general, when considering what nib size to buy for someone who has never used a fountain pen, If he has small handwriting buy a fine nib, medium or large handwriting buy a medium nib. If he already collects fountain pens it’s up to you to find out what kind of nib size he wants next. Here are 10 of our favorite fountain pens (in no particular order) that would make great gifts:

Kaweco AL Sport Fountain Pen - Black, Fine Nib
Kaweco AL Sport Fountain Pen – Black, Fine Nib

1. Kaweco AL Sport Fountain Pen. The smart design of the Kaweco Sport allows the pen to be a compact pocket-size when capped and when uncapped it posts at the perfect length for writing. The AL Sport is made of metal so it is as durable and rugged as your man needs it to be.

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen - Gun Metal Gray, Black Matte Accents
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – Gun Metal Gray, Black Matte Accents

2. Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen, Gun Metal Gray with Black Matte Accents. The Pilot Vanishing Point capless retractable fountain pen is well-known for its clever design that allows you to extend or retract the nib with just one click. When clipped to a shirt pocket the nib points up to reduce the chance of any leaks. Available in several colors and nib sizes.

LAMY Dialog Palladium Fountain Pen
LAMY Dialog Palladium Fountain Pen

3. LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen has a revolutionary twist mechanism that allows the nib to advance and retract smoothly into the barrel. When the nib is advanced the clip recesses slightly into the body, creating an ergonomic writing experience. Once retracted a protective ball valve closes over the nib and the clip can be lifted and secured to a bag or pocket. Its modern Bauhaus appearance and intelligent design would make this the perfect pen for an engineer. Nibs tend to run one size large on this pen, so choose one nib size down. It’s also available in matte black.

Delta Vintage Stylus Fountain Pen - Lava Stone, Fine Nib
Delta Vintage Stylus Fountain Pen – Lava Stone, Fine Nib

4. Delta Vintage Stylus Fountain Pen – Lava Stone. For your techie guy who likes to use a stylus with his tablet or smart phone; one end of this fountain pen has a premium capacitive rubber stylus specifically designed for modern touch screen devices, the other end has a traditional platinum-masked fountain pen nib.

Pelikan Souveran M800 Fountain Pen Black
Pelikan Souveran M800 Fountain Pen Black

5. Pelikan Souveran M800 Fountain Pen in Black. For the traditionalist, the elegant, classic Pelikan M800 fountain pen is produced by one of the most renowned pen manufacturers in the world. This large pen has a piston filling system and a masterfully handcrafted two-tone 18k gold nib.

Platinum 3776 Series Music Nib Fountain Pen - Koi
Platinum 3776 Series Music Nib Fountain Pen – Koi

6. Platinum 3776 Series Music Nib Fountain Pen – Koi. Perfect for an artist or calligrapher, this beautiful red celluloid “Koi” fountain pen is reminiscent of the glistening multi-color scales of a koi fish and is popular with those who pursue unusual antique designs. The most extraordinary feature of Platinum’s 14K gold music nib is that is has two slits, making it a three tined nib which allows for a good ink flow. “Smooth as silk” is how the writing experience with this nib has been described. Also available in black/rhodium or black/gold.

Stipula Tuscany Dreams Peposo Fountain Pen - Brown Tortoiseshell
Stipula Tuscany Dreams Peposo Fountain Pen – Brown Tortoiseshell

7. Stipula Tuscany Dreams Peposo Fountain Pen.  This is a very large “man-size” ornate Italian-made fountain pen. According to Stipula, this eye-catching pen is “adorned with a magnificent bronze clip in which there are two masterpieces of Florence: the dome of Florence’s Cathedral and Michelangelo’s David. The band on the cap in the foreground depicts the coat of arms of the Medici. Adorning the rest of the ring the portraits of three genes born in Tuscany: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Dante Alighieri.”

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen - Dots, Medium Nib
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen – Dots, Medium Nib

8. Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen. The Metropolitan provides everything you need for an economical price – it even includes a gift box and an ink converter for bottled ink. It’s a durable daily writer that you’re not afraid to take to work.

Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen - Gunmetal
Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen – Gunmetal

9. Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen. The Plaisir is the perfect fountain pen for a no-fuss low- maintenance kind of guy since it has a specially designed cap that allows it to write smoothly even after it hasn’t been used for up to a year. This makes it suitable both for writing every day or for only occasional use. The cap also reduces ink loss due to evaporation. The durable anodized aluminum body has a beautiful pearlized finish.

LAMY AL-Star Fountain Pen - Black
LAMY AL-Star Fountain Pen – Black

10. LAMY AL-Star Fountain Pen – Black. If Darth Vader used fountain pens, this stealthy all-black Al-Star might just be the one he would use. Are any of your boyfriends going to see the new Star Wars movie next month? I thought so.

What fountain pens would you recommend as gift for your boyfriend?

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Your Fall Stationery Style Guide

Do you like to change your stationery supplies with the change of the season? I do! Now that autumn is here the ink in my fountain pens changes to warm, rich fall colors such as orange, gold, maroon and brown. Of course, it is necessary to select a harmonizing pen and notebook to complete the ensemble. Here are some of our fall stationery favorites:

Yellow Leaf

Yellow & Gold: One of my favorite everyday writing tools is the LAMY Safari fountain pen which is available in a cheery bright yellow that reminds me of the autumn color of some maple or birch tree leaves. Yellow ink is not practical for regular handwriting writing, so I like to use a golden amber shade such as J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie fountain pen ink. If you’re new to fountain pens, and you’re going to use bottled ink in your LAMY Safari or Al-Star pen, you’ll need to get a LAMY Z24 ink converter.

LAMY Safari Fountain Pen in Yellow
LAMY Safari Fountain Pen in Yellow
J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie Fountain Pen Ink
J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie Fountain Pen Ink

Orange Pumpkin

Orange: I love seeing all of the colorful autumn squash in the supermarket this time of year. The star of this fall’s orange fountain pens is the limited edition copper-orange LAMY Al-Star pen. This relative of the LAMY Safari fountain pen is made from light-weight aluminum with a metallic finish. LAMY created special copper-orange ink cartridges just to match this fountain pen. A couple of my favorite orange bottled inks with nice shading are Noodler’s Apache Sunset and Noodler’s Habanero ink. Want a paper notebook with an orange cover? Go no further than Rhodia‘s famous orange notepads available in all sorts of styles and sizes with fountain pen friendly paper.

LAMY Al-Star Copper-Orange Fountain Pen
LAMY Al-Star Copper-Orange Fountain Pen
R by Rhodia Notepad, Medium Size, Orange Cover and a Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen
R by Rhodia Notepad with an orange cover and a Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen
Noodler's Ink Apache Sunset
Noodler’s Ink Apache Sunset

Red Maple Leaves

Red & Maroon: Doesn’t this orange Rhodia notepad look stylish next to these red Japanese maple leaves? The color of these leaves makes me think of the deep burgundy red color of the clear resin Bourgogne Platinum 3776 Century Fountain Pen. Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink in Momiji or Autumn Leaves is a red shade emulating the bright red leaves that are iconic of a Japanese autumn landscape. The ivory paper inside the red Quo Vadis Habana Journal complements the warm, autumn shades of ink that I use this time of year.

Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink Momiji - Autumn Leaves
Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink Momiji – Autumn Leaves
Platinum 3776 Century Fountain Pen - Bourgogne
Platinum 3776 Century Fountain Pen – Bourgogne
Quo Vadis Habana Journal with a Red Cover & Ivory Paper
Quo Vadis Habana Journal with a Red Cover & Ivory Paper

Brown Turkey Tail Fungus

Brown: I absolutely adore anything in tortoiseshell, and the Stipula Tuscany Dreams Peposo Fountain Pen in Brown Tortoiseshell is no exception! It’s a pity that this manly pen is too large for my small hands. This pen pairs well with J. Herbin Lie de The Ink Cartridges or Pilot Iroshizuku Wild Chestnut ink which is a brown color similar to the shade of a ripe, fallen chestnut shell during autumn. Aston Leather’s pen cases in golden caramel Tan or dark Brown are going to look great with and provide protection for any of your fall writing instruments.

Stipula Tuscany Dreams Peposo Fountain Pen - Brown Tortoiseshell
Stipula Tuscany Dreams Peposo Fountain Pen – Brown Tortoiseshell
Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink Yama-guri - Wild Chestnut
Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink Yama-guri – Wild Chestnut
Aston Leather Double Pen Hard Case in Brown
Aston Leather Double Pen Hard Case in Brown

What are your favorite stationery items for fall?

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Fountain Pen Ink Art: J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche

Mountain Bluebird drawn with J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche Ink
Mountain Bluebird drawn with J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin’s Bleu Pervenche fountain pen ink is a bright summery turquoise blue color. It makes me think of the mountain bluebirds I used to enjoy seeing when I worked in the hills just outside of Portland, Oregon. This drawing was created with Bleu Pervenche ink using a Kaweco Liliput fountain pen (fine nib) on Exacompta 100g paper.

J. Herbin’s Bleu Pervenche fountain pen ink can be found in both 30ml bottles and standard international cartridges at Writer’s Bloc. Kaweco Liliput pocket-size fountain pens are also available with black or silver finish.

The Mountain Bluebird photo was found on wikipedia.org and it is credited to Elaine R. Wilson (source Nature’s Pics Online).

What’s your favorite summer blue fountain pen ink and what memories does it bring to your mind?

Mountain Bluebird 2

Mountain Bluebird 3

Mountain Bluebird 4

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