Surprise! This month was our second (annual?) surprise April Fool's Ink Flight. Like last year, all seven ink vials arrived only with a number printed on the label. The Ink Flight crew used their keen ink detection skills to solve the puzzle and figure out the identities of each ink. The names of the inks were hidden... until today!
The Ink Flight brochure listed each of the inks with subtle hints to help identify each color. The brochure also had a link to a google form where everyone can put their guesses. This year, we had two people get 5 of 7 inks correct. Instead of doing the usual Ink Flight Box giveaway for next month, we're awarding those two people with a May box each!
Here is a rundown of April 2020's Ink Flight lineup.
HINT: Jump into the fire with this purple ink and you'll be rockin' and writin'.
ANSWER: Diamine Deep Dark Purple. "Into the Fire" is a single from British rock band Deep Purple. Diamine Inks are made in the UK.
HINT: The name of this orange ink sounds more like a horror film.
ANSWER: Diamine Deep Dark Orange
HINT: Relax beneath a tree and enjoy this gray ink.
ANSWER: Colorverse Under the Shade. From the "Joy in the Ordinary" collection of inks.
HINT: If you have plenty of blues already, you can save this ink for some other time.
ANSWER: Colorverse Rainy Day. From the "Joy in the Ordinary" collection of inks. The end of the hint modifies the expression "save it for a rainy day."
HINT: Writing with this glistening pink ink will make you a smitten kitten.
ANSWER: Colorverse Felicitte Glistening. The glistening color originally found in the season "Trailblazers in Space." Felicitte was the first cat launched into space.
HINT: This fountain-pen-friendly iron gall ink has a zesty, refreshing color that darkens as it dries.
ANSWER: Platinum Classic Citrus Black. This color is so distinct in its darkening characteristic that it was easy for most people to pin down the identity.
HINT: This red ink shares its name with a temple built during the Roman Empire.
ANSWER: Troublemaker Basilica Red.
So, who won the boxes? Big shout-out to one of our longest-running Ink Flight Crew members @mjelson and the equally-talented ink detective @dgtrain - they both got five correct out of the seven!
Box Extras: Nakabayashi Logical Prime A5 Notebook & Washi Tape
Well, the extra items can't obviously be a surprise for those who opened this month's Flight box. The Nakabayashi Logical Prime special edition notebook is made in Japan with extra attention to quality and design. 80 pages of smooth, fountain-pen-friendly paper have a unique layout printed in light green ink.
The dotted and lined hybrid provides flexibility to use this notebook for many purposes. Divide the page vertically into halves, thirds or quarter columns using the hash marks on the top and bottom of the page. Use the page header to define the topic and date of each page. The Logical Prime has a sturdy, yet flexible cover with sewn binding that lays flat.
A quick internet search will yield numerous ways you can use washi tape. Crafty writers enjoy the ability to decorate their journals, planners, and stationery. Included in this month's box were washi tape rolls in a variety of random colors and designs.
Best Self “Wordsmith” Prompt Cards
Clipped together with an ink drop paper clip, this Flight includes a random assortment of journaling prompts to use in your daily writing. These prompts help to reinforce the habit of journaling and make it fun by removing the problem of deciding what to write about.
Thanks to your support, this month we were able to start daily "inky prompts" e-mails to help those in need of a guided writing prompt. Over 200 joined in the first few weeks. You can sign up for free Inky Prompts here.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the April Fool's Ink contest. And thank you to all who subscribe and purchase the Ink Flight. We appreciate your support during these uncertain times. It is our pleasure to provide a service that helps people get through this crisis.
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, Ink Flight #21 - Robert Oster Signature 80's Collection, Ink Flight #22 - 3 Oysters, Ink Flight #23 - InkJournal Holiday Blend, Ink Flight #24 - Taccia, Ink Flight #25 - Kyoto TAG, Ink Flight #26 - Kaweco, Ink Flight #27 - April Fool's Surprise, Ink Flight #28 - Pelikan, Ink Flight #29 - Sailor, Ink Flight #30 - Straits Pen Honest Inks, Ink Flight #31 - Colorverse, Season 5, Ink Flight #32 - Inks by Vinta, Ink Flight #33 - Troublemaker, Ink Flight #34 - Monteverde Sweet Life, Ink Flight #35 - Taccia Inks Pt. 2, Ink Flight #36 - Sailor Manyo, Ink Flight #37 - P.W. Akkerman, Ink Flight #38 - Waterman)