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Ah, real fountain pen ink. There’s nothing quite like it…

I have a few purple and turquoise cartridges which I can use in my old school fountain pen (which is battered but writes amazingly). But the pen I use the most, which was a graduation present, only has blue and black cartridge options.

Then I discovered the joys of an ink converter. A neat little bit of kit which replaces the cartridge in my pen. It means I can use any colour bottled ink I choose.

The mind boggles… not least that I haven’t discovered this previously!

Anyway, I have now cleaned the nib. Flushing it through with water have removed every trace of black ink. A dilemma now faces me.

Do I choose turquoise, my colour of choice for my hair, most of my clothes and at least half of my house? Or do I go with purple, which is calming and bright, but a bit different? Mint green, with its soft, pretty pastel tones, or go completely out of my usual comfort zone and pick magenta? The only colour that’s off-limits is emerald green, as that’s Annastasia’s signature colour, and I like that we have different signatures.

I’ve doodled with some fineliners for inspiration. And it turns out I’m inclined towards mint or a teal. Not too dark, not so light that it’s not easy to read. But teal is the colour that makes my heart sing. It’s what I always choose over any other (whether for backdrops, font or painting my nails, as well as my hair).

I’m off to London for a trade show tomorrow. I think I shall stop into some of the glorious shops there and see what I can find. And if any call to me in person!