I hope you're all enjoying this beautiful weather! The long winter seems like a distant dream/nightmare and I hope you're wandering around outside in shorts and a t-shirt, and maybe getting some ice cream. In our new neighbourhood, Leslieville, there's an ice-cream shop on Queen that always seems packed with people, and even a few dogs waiting longingly outside, but we haven't tried it yet. One day, soon enough! Jon and I are really enjoying the new space and also the new neighbourhood! I think we're both a little sad to think about all the old regulars who lived around the corner from 906 Dundas West, and who came by to pick up an ink or a notebook but who would stay for forty-five minutes to shoot the breeze, but it's also been a lot of fun to meet some East enders. A few people from our building, which is mostly commercial units, have stopped by to introduce themselves, and we've had a chance to meet some people who just live in the area. In fact, our building faces a large residential building, and we've had a few neighbours who have just seen us out their window, and who have come by to say hello! Being a fountain pen shop and hanging out with people who use fountain pens all day, it's been interesting to tell people-not-yet-initiated-into-this-wonderful-world that we sell inks and fountain pens and stationery. You'll be pleased to know the response has been really great! Maybe because there are a lot of graphic designers and creative people around here, but instead of the "People are still using those old-fangled gadgets?" I sometimes expect, we're getting a lot of "Wow, that's super interesting! I'm so glad to see that there's still so much interest in writing and these kind of tools!" Before we moved, Jon and I discussed a few promotions and giveaways to help celebrate and publicize our move. Well, things kind of got away from us (no kidding), but we're still celebrating! We're giving away a bottle of the newly released Bleu Ocean, as well as a bottle of Stormy Grey and Rouge Hematite.
Giveaway from Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Stormy Grey Bleu Ocean Rouge Hematite
These gorgeous inks all have sheen and sparkle, and are perfect for letters, greeting cards or anywhere you need a little bit of excitement in your life. 1. Leave a comment on this blog post. Say hello, which of these three inks is your favourite, how you're enjoying the warm weather, or whatever you like! 2. Shipping within Canada only. 3. Comments welcomed before Friday, June 5th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. Winner, selected randomly, will be announced on Saturday, June 6th. The winner will have three days, until Tuesday, June 9th at 11:59 pm EST to contact us. Have a great weekend :)

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Andrea said:

What? A Canadian giveaway? I have Stormy Gray on my ink bucket list!!

Anali aube

Anali aube said:

Well I missed the deadline by a few minutes, but, congrats on the move. All those inks are gorgeous.

Marc-André Lévesque

Marc-André Lévesque said:

Hello! Thx for the giveaway! My favorite is Rouge Hématite.

Vijenthra Rupagantha

Vijenthra Rupagantha said:

Hello Liz/Jon,
As usual I’ll be there every weekend for the rest of the summer. It’s seems I can’t get enough of all the inks available…it’s so crazy…think I’m an INKHEAD!!! (Well that’s what my wife calls me). Sadly I haven’t tried any of the J Herbins anniversary but if I had to choose Rouge Hematite would be the one.
Hopefully this summer will be spent writing and trying to watch as many classic movies from the 1940s.
Like I always say an adventure is only a bottle of ink away…(ohh no she’s sees me posting)

Nicholas Yeung

Nicholas Yeung said:

Hey guys, I’m so sad that you’ve moved away from Dundas. It used to be just around the corner from me and now its a ttc ride away. :( But good job on the move, I will visit sometime soon.

Mike N

Mike N said:

Hello, I discovered your shop a few months ago and got the Rouge Hematite, I’m loving it. Good luck with the new location, I’ll visit for sure next time I’m in town.

Ken Riles

Ken Riles said:

Hello and congrats on the new location. I am looking forward to an opportunity to see it myself. Thanks for the chance to win some ink and would love to have any one of the colors, in particular the stormy grey. Cheers.

yuen alquinto

yuen alquinto said:

i would really like the blue one! it looks awesome with the gold flakes!


Tida said:

I haven’t had time to visit the new location yet but I really want to take a calligraphy class when they’re available!
I’ve always wanted to try Stormy Grey since I first saw it… Bleu Ocean looks so shimmery and mysterious as well!

Ryan Couldrey (@RyTron)

Ryan Couldrey (@RyTron) said:

I don’t have a favourite, as I’ve never tried them. So, I obviously should win.

Cody H

Cody H said:

I hope I get a chance to go to Toronto to visit the new shop! My favourite is Stormy Grey because the gold makes the grey even more interesting!

Antonella Lucente

Antonella Lucente said:

Hi there. Blue Ocean is my all time favourite. Its a classy blue and it makes a strong statement. I use it daily and use it special occasion greeting cards. As a result I am down to the last drop. Keeping my fingers crossed. Congrats on new location we came from the west end on your opening day.


Adam said:

I have to physically visit your shop. I’m too used to shopping online!


wendy said:

Hello! Looking forward to visiting the new shop and perhaps will pick up a bottle of Rouge Hematite.

Kath Stewart

Kath Stewart said:

I would love to try the blue. And if I win, you can initiate me into the world of pen and ink … I’m still a newbie using cartridges.


Robert said:

Hello Jon & Liz

Kinda late to the party but going to give it a shot anyways. I definitely would say the Stormy Grey is going to be my favorite from the looks of it. Simply because of the slight graphite look to it which reminds me of all the school work that i should be doing instead of daydreaming.
Not really able to enjoy the nice weather since im in summer school but would love to sit on the porch with an iced tea when i do get the chance. :)

Shaun D

Shaun D said:

I have yet to try the ocean blue, but, from the reviews, I suspect it will be my favorite when I do. Of the two that I’ve used, indefinitely like stormy grey better than the red. I did like the red more than I thought I would because the sample images I saw on the Internet just don’t do it justice. Nice set of 3 colours though.

Stephen van Niekerk

Stephen van Niekerk said:

I love Stormy Grey and really want to try the other two inks!


Andrew said:

…. Why is it so far now? It’ll probably take me over an hour to walk there….

Candice Ike Eisner

Candice Ike Eisner said:

So many awesome comments! :) I love all three of those inks, and it’s hard to choose which one I like best! I think the Stormy Grey is particularly special.

Christine Steven

Christine Steven said:

Oh, I love the red, and the blue, and the grey! I also love the new shop! It looks great, especially the string lights and the chalk wall. All the best!

I like 18 degrees which seems to happen for 10 minutes 6 times a year:)


bstolz2012 said:

These inks are so great! That ks for the giveaway!


violet said:

I am looking forward to visiting your new store! I would love to win Bleu ocean… I have stormy grey, and I like it, but I love bleu ocean more… :) thanks for the chance to win!! :)


Katarina said:

Hey Jon and Liz! I hope the new location is treating you guys well, and maybe I’ll get a chance to visit your new location on my birthday. If I got a chance to try any of these I think the Stormy Grey would suit me best. I’m luckily not that far from you guys and maybe I’ll get some time to stop by on a day off. People keep saying it’s not that humid yet, and I think they need to tell that to the sugar in my sugar bowl!


Nadia said:

I still haven’t made it to the shop, but one of these days I will! I’m always on the lookout for beautiful inks so your Instagram always inspires.
The Bleu Ocean is my favourite of these inks because it looks like something a mermaid would use.


Lynne said:

Love your blog. Glad to hear you are planning to take a little time for yourselves.

Shannon Bell

Shannon Bell said:

I came by and met you a week or so ago and have since sent 4 more people your way. Just so happy to have found the shop and am enjoying discovering new inks and pens. Will definitely be back soon!


R said:

Hi, and congrats on the move! This is a lovely idea :) Can’t wait to check out the new location!

Win So

Win So said:

Went to the old location, but excited to visit the new one as well!

I love the Stormy Grey :)


Janella said:

Went by the new shop earlier this week and bought my very first fountain pen :) Thank you to Jon for being so patient with me as a novice (and slightly naive) new calligrapher – having no idea about pens or inks! Also went home with some Noodlers Ink and a wee Rhodia dot pad. Thanks so much for the wonderful service. I had such a great experience! Will definitely be back soon for more goodies! Hope that y’all will get some more calligraphy supplies soon!

Zeekid Leung (@zeekid)

Zeekid Leung (@zeekid) said:

I was super excited to learn that your shop moved into the neighborhood. I hope that you are enjoying the area!

I really like Bleu Ocean


Samantha said:

Hi! I’m very tempted to make a trip to Toronto just so I can visit a real Fountian Pen shop! If you ever opened a store in Saskatchewan then I’d be your number one customer.
If I had to pick my favourite, I’d say Bleu Ocean – it reminds me of the colour of my grad dress. I’ve never tried any of the three though!


Joe said:

Can’t wait until I’m in Toronto to drop by and see the new shop. I am so excited for you guys and am glad that we have a great Canadian option for our addictions :P


Catherine said:

Hi! I love this line of inks. There is something very romantic about them, in a tall, dark, and brooding kind of way. If I had to pick one ink I’d have to go with Rouge Hematite. Can’t wait to see the new store (hopefully sometime this weekend).


Chris said:

First off, congratulations on successfully moving in to the new place. Unfortunately I couldn’t come visit on opening day but I will for sure be dropping by more often now that the store is closer to where I live.

I haven’t tried any of the three inks yet, so I sure do hope I win this giveaway!

Andrew Timar

Andrew Timar said:

Congrats on your move!
Along with warm weather, I’m
digging my 580.

Adam M

Adam M said:

Congratulations on the opening of the new place. The bottle of ink I bought from the old location is still going strong, but I can’t pass up a chance to try these out. Stormy Grey appeals to me the most, but all three look fantastic. All the best to you and your family.


Albert said:

Congratulations on your new location! I always goggle at the bleu ocean and how it leaves a beautiful finish :) The weather where I am at is a little cloudy but perhaps the sunshine is just around the corner.


Yorgle said:

Congratulations on the move! I don’t live in Toronto so I can’t visit the new store, but I’m definitely looking forward to placing another order!


wayne said:

Wishing you all the best at the new location!
See you in July at the calligraphy class.


Stormy Grey

Alexandre Boily

Alexandre Boily said:

Bonjour de Montréal!

We have… warm weather? I guess? Anything can happen anytime of the day. At least the herbs and peppers I’m growing are healthy and flavourful! They’re quite enjoying the rain we have.

I received my order last Monday. Tremendously enjoying the TWSBI with Blue Eel!

I can’t get enough blue. More blue. Bluuuuuuuuue :D

(Meanwhile, I need to get some of my girlfriend’s Stormy Gray…)

Josh Nelson

Josh Nelson said:

Greetings from the west coast. As the weather warms, I shall be escaping for a little boating adventure. A Bleu Ocean ink would suit well for post cards from the sea.


ochatea said:

Hello Jon, Liz, Caleb & Super!
Thanks for doing such a great giveaway :) My fave… thus far, is Stormy Grey, purchased from you guys. Haven’t tried any of the other inks, so I’d love to get my hot little hands on it.
No plans for the summer, it’s been a cloudy few days in Vancouver.

Anthony Di Iorio

Anthony Di Iorio said:

Congrats on the new store! I’ll have to come by and check it out the next time I’m in Toronto :)

Claudia Harrel

Claudia Harrel said:

Hi. I’ve been unwell all my 71 years. But oh, the hours happily lost in the enchanting world of pens and ink and paper! I like the Bleu Ocean best but love all three colours. They remind me that inside the dark days there’s still joy and sparkle to be found. Best wishes for your new enterprise and your beautiful family. Claudia

Susan S.

Susan S. said:

Congratulations on your move. I look forward to visiting on my next visit to Toronto. I’ve been very curious to try either the Stormy Grey or Bleu Ocean.

Lorne Strachan

Lorne Strachan said:

Rouge Hematite! The name is almost enough but ‘Stormy Grey’ is kinda cool too. I love the SG but we get so much grey in Toronto my vote goes to RH for its lovely shades of bright colour highlighted with flecks of gold. On a dreary day between November and March it’s comforting and hints at a brighter future around the corner.

p.s. The west end’s loss is the east end’s gain. I’ll be walking up from the Beaches some day soon to check out the new store. Loved the old one and never went away empty-handed but it required making a special trip.


Angie said:


Love the Stormy Grey with the gold flakes when writing.


Frank said:

Would like to try Rouge Hematite but they are all great colors.


Tom said:

The rouge hematite would be great for grading!

The weather in Ottawa is beautiful today!

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