First letter of 2012!
I used the purple outlined paper that I colored myself, and a Platinum Plaisir pen filled with the lovely Iroshizuku Murasaki-Shikibu ink I had a sample of. This ink is available in March from US distributors, and I really enjoyed the color of it. In a fine nib pen, its a very light purple. I did have some issues with the ink in the fine nib pen, though, so I will be sure to use the rest of my sample in a medium or broad. I'm not sure what the correct terminology is, but it looks as if there is a small buildup of ink and paper fiber on the top of the nib. I'll be cleaning out the pen very thoroughly, for sure.
What isn't pictured are a couple of the embellishments I added. I found some small paper punches at Michael's in the $1 bin (a music note, and a fleur de lis), and the rubber stamp you see sitting face up on the envelope covering the address. I used the rubber stamp on the back of the envelope to simulate a wax seal, using some pigment ink I also found in the $1 bin. I also found some small stickers to add a touch of flash to my signature. The punches are in the corners of the border, and are most visible when you're reading the letter. I plan on getting more of these punches.. can't beat them for $1 a piece!
I would love to find more pen-pals to write, but even with the 3 that I have, I'm finding that I'm either repeating myself far too many times, or am taking far too long to write the letters because I have nothing new or original to say. What are some of your ways to keep track of correspondence? I might need to start taking the letters to work with me and scanning them into a PDF before I send them.
I also spent a lot of time looking for some organizational supplies. I haven't found any that I wanted so far, but I will keep my eyes open. I might be going back into town later this evening or tomorrow, so I'll check the stores and see if I can find anything interesting. My goal is to have a small collection of supplies I can utilize to spice up the boring cheap copy paper I currently use until I get a chance (and the money, LOL) to get some higher quality papers.
Until next time, writers!