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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Craig said:


Looking forward to seeing the new shop. Also looking forward to the Stormy Grey ink.

Jonathan C

Jonathan C said:

Hey and congrats on the new store!! If I am ever in town I will be visiting!
Still waiting for the things to really warm up out West but enjoying the days as they come! Would love to try out the Stormy Grey! I blame the cloud cover we have today! If you asked me yesterday then it would have been Bleu Ocean! Cheers and take care!


stanley said:

Stormy Grey.

Lots of OT at such a shinny day :)


Jeff said:

Loved coming into the old shop, looking forward to my first visit of the new one.

Troy Surrett (@TroySurrett)

Troy Surrett (@TroySurrett) said:

huehuehue dat bleu ocean doe

Thomas Robinson

Thomas Robinson said:

Wish I were in the GTA, would love to the see the shop… I have a sampler of the grey on my desk right now, haven’t gotten my pen cleaned out yet to try it. Friend also got me a sample of the blue so will try that next I see him as well… so… can’t pick a fav yet. :D


jeffkevlar said:

Hello! Of the Herbin inks I have to say that I love stormy grey. I’d like it even without the gold flakes.


Brandon said:

Can’t wait to come check out the new space, congrats on the move. It’s nice to see shops like yours flourishing!


sbanks said:

Congrats on the new space! That new glittery blue looks stunning, as does the gray… and the red…


noelle said:

Hello! Looking forward to trying that Bleu Ocean…

Joseph Wong

Joseph Wong said:

I was lucky enough to get a sample of the reformulated Bleu Ocean from the States. I love this reformulated ink with the gold sheen. The blue is a nice, saturated blue, leaning toward indigo. It would be quite appropriate even in most work environments. Flow is nice, drying time is very reasonable.

Btw, congratulations on your new space.


RonB said:

Hello! The rouge hematite, might bring us a bit of warmth in the Maritimes!


Greybabylove said:

Hi guys! I’m so glad I found your site! Finding good pen and ink sellers in Canada can be a challenge. I had my first fountain pen oops last night, with Diamine Pumpkin everywhere! My hands were orange but now they are pink for some reason haha. I think my favorite 1670 ink is the stormy grey. I’ve got so many blue inks which get boring, and I don’t use red very often. Anyways, thanks for giving the opportunity to win some great inks! Cheers!


Roland said:

Hello! I like the sound of storm grey… Could be my favorite because I don’t have a grey ink yet. I’ve been enjoying the warm weather out in my yard with my longbow. One of the perks of non city living!


Chris said:

I love the bleu ocean, reminds me of summer on vancouver island, deep blue flecked with gold. spring has been glorious, spent the weekend in Vancouver wandering around downtown and walking the sea wall at Stanley Park.

I’ve still got Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku in my Safari, but I’d love to switch it out for the summer with some J. Herbin inks.
Thanks for running the contest, good luck with the new place!


zzdia said:

Hello! :D I’d love to be able to try the rouge hematite, if I were lucky enough to get it


shuito said:

Congrats on a successful move, and all the best in your new space! Great giveaway!

Monday Miscellany | inlovewithjournals

Monday Miscellany | inlovewithjournals said:

[…] so I have two things from wonderpens.ca for you tonight: they are hosting a giveaway of 3 awesome bottles of J. Herbin Bleu Ocean, Stormy Grey and Rouge Hematite! Leave a comment to […]


acksee said:

You are living the dream. Looking forward to visit the new store. Stormy grey sounds exciting.


Nina said:

Hurray for STORMY GRAY ! But I’ll take any J. Herbin ink.

It’s time I let you know how much I’ve enjoyed following the Adventures of J,L,S + Little C . The photos of you all and Maria made me sad – how wrenching it must have been to leave behind this dear friend. I suppose it’s what happens when you tag along with someone else’s life: you share the good, the sad and the renovations.

Thank you for putting so much time and energy into the blog. How do you manage it??? Your photos make my day especially if they’re of Super and Caleb. Though I loved the avocado and fried egg sandwich as well.

Does Caleb ever NOT smile? He looks so wise, he could be a guru.

Thanks for all that and this chance to win.


Karen Hooker

Karen Hooker said:

Stormy grey all the way! Is the new store puppy friendly? Curious to see the shop, even though I never saw the old one (Boomer was in charge of in-store pick up)


zekesr said:

Hello from Alberta,
Hope that you get some nice weather soon.

Jeff Reindl

Jeff Reindl said:

Congrats on the new shop and thanks for your speedy shipping on my order.
If I am ever in Toronto I will definitely stop by.
If I had to choose It would have to be the red to go with our summer sunrise and sunsets here in Sidney BC.
Enjoy your new space and thanks for keeping pen and ink alive.


Ev said:

Congratulations on your new location. I wish I was close enough to visit but the trip from Kelowna to you is quite a long one (care to open another location???). I’ve had my eye on all three of those inks and any one of them would make me very happy. I’ve been quite intrigued by the Stormy Grey, though. One day… :) Anyway, I wish you all the best in your new location.


metwin1 said:

Hello! Never tried the new formulated Bleu Ocean, but I love both the rouge hematite and the stormy grey. I like the storm grey better though. As for warm weather in Toronto, well, what warm weather? ;)

Phuong Ma

Phuong Ma said:

I’m excited to see the new shop in person! Although I am a bit sad that it is now even further away from me

Sherianne & Kyriaten

Sherianne & Kyriaten said:

Roses are Rouge
Violets are Bleu
Like Ancient Stone
In Toronto today
It’s Stormy Grey
A gale springs up
As we approach
this Night
Kitten and flowers
are curled up tight
Listening to Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces
Welcome to the Near East!
May The Sun Be With You!

Zanovia Agar

Zanovia Agar said:

Greetings and Salutations to Jon, Liz, and Everyone!
The Great Prairie Outback (Brandon, Manitoba) is home and pen and inks can be a tough find- but not totally impossible. I may been around the world twice but to Toronto only once! If I ever get there I will make it a priority to visit your brick and mortar store! Only recently have I discovered your on-line shop and, like others have mentioned, we are fortunate to have a pen shop like Wonder Pens in Canada. I haven’t yet tried any of the J. Herbin inks but I’m leaning to the blue and/or grey so YEA!! thank you so much for the opportunity to potentially win one! Calligraphy is where my heart used to be and it’s finally time for the long awaited revival.
Congratulations on your new space and I wish you all the best penning! Happy, happy, joy, joy!


Parkin said:

Finally a store in Canada that I can buy fountain pens and ink from. I love all three of the J. Herbin inks but if I had to choose, I would say bleu ocean, there is just something about that mysterious blue colour with a hint of a gold sheen that makes this ink so special.


leslie said:

Love Stormy Grey best! Enjoy your new space (looks lovely)!


Lala said:

Tough decision! I love all of the colours, but I think Rouge Hematite is still my favourite. Congrats on the new space, looking forward to coming and visiting you in your new location!

Harald Benz

Harald Benz said:

Welcome to the East side of life!
Can’t wait to visit the new store.

Must admit I haven’t tried either one of those Anniversary inks. I am curious to see the Stormy Grey or the Rouge Hematite. Somehow I’m not much of a blue fan when it comes to inks but love red tones. So the rouge would be my first choice. Thanks.


inlovewithjournals said:

Wow how generous Liz and Jon! I have ALOT of J. Herbin ink but none of these special anniversary editions. I have never been to Toronto but you and your store are an excellent reason to change that! Best of luck in the new digs. :)

Marc St. Marie

Marc St. Marie said:

Congratulations on your move! Change is often viewed as a scary thing even when it’s a positive thing. Best of luck to you and I plan to stop in if I ever visit Toronto.
My personal favourite out of the three is Rouge Hematite, but I have never used Bleu Ocean.


Sophie said:

I went to Toronto only once in my life, and it was for last year’s Scriptus pen show. It was a super fun adventure — even when our bus from Montreal to Toronto had a mechanical problem which caused a four hours delay in a rest area in the middle of nowhere… We spent the day at the pen show, my husband following me around (he is not that much into fountain pens…) but when we finally left, I couldn’t convince him to make a detour to see your shop before we head back to Montreal. I made him promise that this year, though, we would stay longer and come visit you at your new place!
Good luck with the store, enjoy your new neighbours and keep on the good work! We are truly lucky to have you in Canada for all our pens and inks needs :)


Steve said:

Hi, Thanks for the giveaway! I like Rouge Hematite the best of the two I tried but still enjoy Stormy Grey immensely!


EJ said:

So glad I was able to visit Toronto on Friday and see your new space and, of course, stock up on a few supplies – one being a bright yellow pen. Always great service and have to admit that I’ve added a few more things to my wishlist.

I have always had a special place in my heart for blue inks, not sure why except that maybe it’s because as a child I was given a calligraphy set by my godparents and the ink included was blue – a number of times I was also blue…not the best idea to give a calligraphy set to a child but I did love that set. My love of blue ink continues today, so I would have to say that I’d love to have a bottle of Bleu Ocean. There is just something about blue ink that I have always loved.

Scott Brownridge

Scott Brownridge said:

Congrats on your successful move to the new location! The original Ocean Blue is one of my favourite inks, so I’m looking forward to trying out this latest member of the 1670 family.

Rock Bisson Picard

Rock Bisson Picard said:

Thanks for your exceptional service. My favourite ink presented over is the blue ocean. Il like write with blue ink and specially on midori paper!

Ed L.

Ed L. said:

I have never had the pleasure of trying any of these inks. More than likely I’ll end up picking up a bottle or two from your great shop at some time. Most likely the blue as my favourite inks are in that colour family. Black/grey are too plain for me but I understand the fascination with sheen, gloss and glow.


Claire said:

Would love to try any of these, but if I must pick, let it be blue!! I live in Quebec so have never visited the store. Maybe some day!


Adam said:

I love J. Herbin inks. I have the red and blue in this special edition but not the grey. I would love to have a set of all three!


Laike said:

I can’t wait to visit the new ship next time I’m in Toronto. The pictures look great!


Jen said:

Stormy grey because I love thunderstorms….and snowstorms…haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds lovely :)


Cathy said:

I have only seen photos of these incredible inks, and I covet them all … as a resident of Nova Scotia, I am most intrigued by the Bleu Ocean because I imagine it evoking the Atlantic ocean on a sunny day.

Romano Klomp

Romano Klomp said:

I just want to try everything……Wonder Pens is the only store I buy from as I have had great service from the owners and really enjoy following them in their journey. I almost feel like I am there with them….guess that’s why I will buy my products from them. Best of luck in your new location.


Katie said:

Hello from Calgary! Every one of those inks seems so precious, I think I like the blue one the best, the gold sheen just gives it an almost magical quality. Congrats on the new location, it’s looking great!


Mel said:

I think Stormy Grey is the one I’d be most excited to try. There seems to be the most amount of gold particles in that one (the more, the better!).

Looking forward to visiting your shop this weekend. :)

Sandra Jackson

Sandra Jackson said:

Looking forward to shopping at your new location which is closer to me – this means more frequent treats for myself. LOL Glad everything is working out for you…

The Stormy Grey looks like it might be an interesting ink for business purposes.

Cheers, Sandra


mycoffeepot said:

Hooray for giveaway! Hello my friends! I’ll see if I can swing by sometime this week as I’m staycationing at the moment. My favourite of the three would have to be rouge hematite but I’d love to try the new formula of bleu ocean—I’ve got the onl one and love it but need to get my hands on the new goldtastic sparklerific version. Regards!

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