Incowrimo 2017 Letter

Incowrimo 2017 – Writing Letters – Part 2

Incowrimo 2017 Letter

International Correspondence Writing Month. One a day. Every day. February. That's the tag line that got me interested last year 🙂 Are you ready to take on the challenge and put pen to paper?

You can read the first part of our series on Incowrimo 2017 here.

What to write always seems to be the hardest thing about Incowrimo. The good news is that it’s actually easier than you think. Reconnect with people – find something you have in common. Write about something nice 🙂 Be kind, ask questions, or just one 🙂 Keep it light.

I always mention pen and ink combo and then decorate remaining space with doodles, ink splats, stamps, washi tape, stickers, etc.

Plan your incowrimo – it’s perfectly fine to start with few quick thank you notes, postcards, Valentine’s card and slowly build up to letters.

Incrowrimo 2017 postcard ideas

In this second part of our letter writing series, we will be looking at paper and filling those envelopes.

My recommendation for a more sophisticated writing experience are the Original Crown Mill sets. Each box comes with enough stationery to get you through a month of incowrimo, easy.  The laid paper in these sets are the reason why this feels luxurious. Ordinary copier paper is no match for the ribbed texture here which looks and feels more personal. That is the tone we want for Incowrimo 🙂

The Crown Mill comes in two different sets. The gold box comes with cream coloured materials. Silver box contains white paper and envelopes.

Incowrimo 2017 letter on a desk

When I talk about writing letters I have to mention Triomphe. It is a brand of pads and envelopes by Clairefontaine – famous for its glassy smooth 90gsm bright white paper. These pads have plain paper in them and come with a ruled cheat sheet which will magically help you write in neat, straight lines. Simply genius 🙂 Envelopes are lined with white paper and the seal is diamond shaped which makes them perfect contestants for wax seals. They certainly do look classy and are fantastic value for money.

We had these pads reviewed by the wonderful Azizah on her blog. Have a look – there are some fantastic photos which will inspire you 🙂 Perfect incowrimo cue.

My go-to is Rhodia R pad. Some may consider it as a budget option because it is just a pad. Don’t be fooled – it is gorgeous 90gsm buttery smooth ivory paper. We sell them in plain or lined paper. I pick lined over plain because when writing, I can anchor the letters to the lines and find it makes my handwriting look neater. Certain fountain pen inks ‘shine’ on ivory paper, others look great on bright white paper. My top 3 inks for ivory paper are KWZ Honey, Diamine Syrah and J Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre. Pages tear out easily, one by one, and it does look rather smart 🙂

Incowrimo 2017 letters with clips and washi tape

Last year we were part of Letters Live 2016 which was a spectacular event, defo check out for a spark of inspiration and get on for further information.

Next week we’ll be helping you out with some ideas and creations we’ve been prepping for our own contribution to Incowrimo 2017 🙂 See you soon!

Incowrimo 2017 letters and ink

28 days later

Handwriting course week 4

Handwriting practice with two Palomino pencils. 602 on the left and Pearl on the right. I will need to sharpen them again :)
Handwriting practice with two Palomino pencils. 602 on the left and Pearl on the right. I will need to sharpen them again 🙂

Drills and letter practice continues…first Rhodia A4 pad is finished – that’s 80 sheets of paper. WoW!

Fourth lesson was similar to third one. We did go over more drills and letters. When I think about it, the only ones left out are letters v, w, x, z. And capitals… I am very frustrated because of letters e and f :/ It would be a lot easier to write them with loops. E is square, pointy and weird. F doesn’t look so bad, but connecting is impossible. Writing word fun is not fun at all.

Nevertheless, have to keep writing and using Angular Italic style just about everywhere 😉

Fragile in Italic style going out with Bureau mail
Fragile in Italic style going out with Bureau mail

I had a little test-go at italic nibs again. Turns out, that I really have no idea how to hold the pen. In order to get the line variation it needs to be under strict 45 degree angle. One day…I will return to my Lamy2000, but it will take a lot of practice to get the grip. This picture shows how Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo’s metallic sheen (small “lion”) and J Herbin Vert Olive’s shading. Both amazing 🙂 Honestly, using all these different pens and inks does help!

If you are subscribed to our weekly email, then you probably know that we are now stocking and selling Palomino pencils. I am so chuffed to have this pencil, you can’t even imagine 😉 There are now more and more of practice sheets done with it. I took Pearl to the class and I had to retrieve it several times from my peeps who simply couldn’t put it down. Of course, I had to ask my tutor if it’s OK to write with pencil rather than with pen, and yey! She has approved Palomino. The…truth…is…that…I…would…ditch…my…fountain…pen…for…this…pencil :O

To shine some light on Palomino items…there are 3 different pencils (602, Pearl, Palomino), spare erasers and sharpeners. Sharpener is an absolute must because these pencils go down quickly. 602 pencil is the firmest one, meant for writing. Pearl is softer pencil, meant for both writing and drawing. Palomino is the the softest one meant for sketching. My favourite is the Pearl. Yes, I am a shallow person who shops by the looks. I just love how soft it is, doing flicks is super enjoyable 🙂 As you can see on the top picture, the difference between 602 and Pearl is barely visible, but Pearl feels softer and glides across the page like a silver surfer.

Best advice: keep your pens close, pencils even closer 🙂

Neat trick: Use tracing paper 🙂 If you find a style that you like, see if you can copy it or trace it.

Shopping list:
Palomino Pearl Pencil
Palomino KUM sharpener
Rhodia A4 lined
Triomphe Pad A4

We won’t have a class next week due to half term holidays, so I have decided to catch up with my letter writing. Put all that practice on nice letter writing Triomphe paper 🙂 Keep in touch!

Mishka (^_~)

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