While we are in the midst of the Inktober challenge, InkJournal is looking ahead to the upcoming National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) with the special contents of this month's box. Read on as we delve into the details about the selection of inks and the extras that came with this month's box. Then, scroll down to see how you can enter for a chance to win November's box!
The October Ink Flight aims to do two things: keep you current on the latest offerings of inks from premier ink manufacturers around the world and get you to use those inks in a productive, creative way.
Robert Oster is a class act. When he introduces a new set of fountain pen inks, he sends a letter posted all the way from Australia with the swatches of all the colors on a piece of Tomoe River Paper, embossed with his signature logo seal. In September, we received a letter from Rob introducing the new 80's themed ink colors. I said to myself, "How could I not? I grew up in the 80s, there are seven colors, and it's Robert Oster!"
Here's a breakdown of all the colors in this month's Ink Flight:
This pleasing, medium-toned blue has a bit of sheen around the edges.
Golden sweet without the stickiness, "Honey Bee" has a light saturation that shades, and darkens as it dries.
This complex pink hue has undertones of blue and purple. Delicately saturated, yet dusky enough to stand out on the page.
Fans of sheen will appreciate this brilliant aquamarine ink. It's not super saturated, but it does sheen well on Tomoe River Paper.
I realized I mistakenly called this one Grey Skies in several places. An honest mistake! This grey-blue has a smoky shading quality with purplish undertones.
Keep your closely guarded secrets in your Trapper Keeper with this pastel, pinkish-red color
Brilliant and fresh, this green is more exciting than playing Oregon Trail on your computer running DOS.
We haven't had a Robert Oster Ink Flight in almost 2 years. However, this Flight comes in right after September's J. Herbin Flight. Not that we're running out of ink manufacturers to feature (we guarantee next month will be a new one), but when it comes to wanting the latest and greatest, the captain feels a responsibility to revisit brands when new and exciting colors are introduced. That being said, this set of colors does not disappoint. We've been sampling a number of supersaturated, sheeny inks in the last several months and it's a breath of fresh air to write with some beautiful, well-behaved inks that are just plain pleasant to write with.
Standouts from this set are Clearwater Rain, Dusky Pink, Opal Green, and Bass Straight. Honey Bee is an excellent fall color, but can sometimes be a little too undersaturated to stand out on ivory or cream-colored paper. Thematically, the set well represented the 80's color palette and is on-trend with current pastel fashion colors.
NOW AVAILABLE: Full bottles of Robert Oster Ink from Ink Flight 21
Box Extras: No Plot, No Problem
NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month. Chris Baty founded NaNoWriMo in 1999. The challenge is to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November. For those playing at home, that works out to 1,666.67 words per day - roughly 4 single-spaced pages. Sound crazy? You bet. Is it doable? Over 300,000 people have done it already, and more join in each year.
The 30-day challenge uses a secret weapon that holds you accountable for your goal - a deadline. Who better to lead you through this grueling, novel-writing boot camp than the person who started it? Chris Baty has got all the tips and tricks to get you through NaNoWriMo successfully.
Even if you're not looking to write an entire novel, "No Plot, No Problem" is a fun read on its own and the lessons can be applied to other writing pursuits that often require long hours of tedious work to accomplish.
Plus, everyone received an emoji inktopus button. Another piece of exclusive InkJournal flair!
GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY (USA shipping addresses only)
Leave a comment below to let us know what you think about October 2018's Ink Flight, Robert Oster Inks, or the box extras. We will pick one random commenter to win an upcoming November 2018's Flight Box on Tuesday, October 30th at 8:00 pm. My sincere apologies to our international friends, we will only ship this giveaway to USA addresses.
Previous Ink Flights (Ink Flight #1 - Noodler's, Ink Flight #2 - Robert Oster Signature, Ink Flight #3 - KWZ, Ink Flight #4 - J. Herbin, Ink Flight #5 - P.W. Akkerman, Ink Flight #6 - Papier Plume, Ink Flight #7 - Platinum Mix-Free, Ink Flight #8 - Franklin-Christoph, Ink Flight #9 - Organics Studio, Ink Flight #10 - Monteverde, Ink Flight #11 - Krishna, Ink Flight #12 - Caran d'Ache, Ink Flight #13 - Rohrer & Klingner, Ink Flight #14 - Blackstone, Ink Flight #15 - Colorverse, Ink Flight #16 - De Atramentis, Ink Flight #17 - Aurora & Montegrappa, Ink Flight #18 - Krishna, KWZ, Papier Plume, Ink Flight #19 - Diamine, Ink Flight #20 - J. Herbin)