Quill Pens and Blueberry Ink

My inky adventures have taken a new turn thanks to Limner who sent me a quill pen. The set has a metal sleeve and nib to attach to the quill. She commented that should I like to cut the quill I could find a video online and find one I did. I have since been happily gathering what feathers I can find at my uncle's and practicing my new craft. He keeps peacocks and hens which produce perfect quills for my purpose. Once I was confident in what I was doing I cut the quill she sent me. That one is a keeper.

                                             

Not satisfied with merely cutting quills I also learned how to make blueberry ink. There was a video for that too. Nearly anything one wants to learn can be found on YouTube. It's remarkable.



It is very likely that your next letter from me will be written with a quill pen and homemade ink. I just can't seem to restrain myself as there is too much enjoyment involved.

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  1. Sounds like fun. And perhaps I should buy a metal sleeve & nib for my quill pens - that should cut down on all the messy splatter that I can't seem to stop. ;-)

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    1. I had that trouble with one of my quills. Look at it under a magnifying glass and see if there's something that is flinging ink and needs to be shaved down. I was able to fix my naughty nib.

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    2. I suspect it's mostly me since I bought them from a guy on ebay but I'll check them. Making your own ink sounds like fun & makes me wish I had collected lots of oak galls (and mulberry leaves) when we lived in the Bay area. It will be a little more difficult now that we're in the desert. ;-)

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  2. My stars! I came to ask if you used a special desk blotter and discovered this! May I send you an e-mail? I want to save this gem for a future blog post but want to share it with you first. :)

    Am scrolling to read your post now. :)

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    1. Absolutely! Email away. lettermatters@gmail.com

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  3. I had a feeling about you from the beginning! LOL. You've put my intentions to shame. I'm so wrapped up in practicing calligraphy that I have little time for anything other than working on my studio.

    I never acted on making mulberry ink when I had access to a mulberry tree at our old house. I like your blueberry ink and wish I had at least tried. I'm collecting galls . . . but that's for another letter. You have impressive skills.

    Anna is the only other person I know who has made ink. She used gall.

    Thomas Jefferson's penmanship intrigues me. That, and the inks he used, keep me pulling out the book of his drawings and letters. Surely he had to have used walnut ink since gall would have eaten through those papers.

    I have so much to share and ask! Hopefully I will manage to get at least one letter out while JC is home this week! You make me believe in my directions again. Thank you.

    Your feathers are beautiful. Thank your uncle's peacocks and hens! :)

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    1. My dear Lady Pamela, I have written you a letter and am sending you my blueberry ink recipe. I'm afraid that the ink had thickened a little too much from evaporation to give you an ideal example of the ink's appearance but should you make ink yourself you will soon learn that a simple homemade ink has its own temperamental personality.

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    2. I will indeed try this most intriguing ink recipe!

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  5. Thank you again for my beautiful feather quill. I am home from vacation now, so I can concentrate on using your beautiful gift!

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