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Instagram And The Inkophile, Part 2

12/19/2014

At least for now, you can find me as TheInkophile on Instagram. Only a few photos to share, but after the holidays, quality and frequency will increase.

Speaking of the holidays, Christmas came early with the arrival of the Sony Xperia from Leigh that allowed me to join Instagram. It is a 6″ phone, huge compared to the iPhones my kids use, and it resides next to my laptop allowing me to easily track social media. With Evernote and the Dolphin browser installed, almost anything is possible. My photos are a bit too dark, but I’m working on that. Folks on Instagram seem to be pretty tolerant and for that I am grateful.

 

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Kuretake Watercolor Set

12/14/2014

Jet Pens sent a small Kuretake watercolor set that contains everything needed for colorful doodles and paintings. Combine with a watercolor tolerant journal like one offered by Stillman & Birn for an especially appealing gift.

 

Just in case five colors plus gold seem inadequate for a color lover, look at what a little mixing can produce.

What a lot of fun you can have for a mere $20!

 

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Coffee, Tea And Wrapping Gifts

12/14/2014

The gift wrapping hack blew me away. Two packages in 28 seconds?

I don’t always drink tea, but when I do, it’s usually Earl Grey.

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Eccentric Professor

12/12/2014

It’s been a less than thrilling day with not a moment for writing or painting. However, an old friend sent something to brighten things up a bit and I’m passing it along just in case you could use a chuckle, too.

An eccentric philosophy professor gave a one-question final exam after a semester dealing with a broad array of topics.

The class was already seated and ready to go when the professor picked up his chair, plopped it on his desk, and wrote on the board: “Using everything we have learned this semester, prove that this chair does not exist.”

Fingers flew, erasers erased, notebooks were filled in furious fashion. Some students wrote more than 30 pages in one hour attempting to refute the existence of the chair. One member of the class, however, was up and finished in less than a minute.

Weeks later when the grades were posted, the rest of the group wondered how he could have gotten an A when he had barely written anything at all. His answer consisted of two words: “What chair?”

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Instagram And The Inkophile

12/10/2014

Are you on Instagram? Thanks to Leigh’s generous gift of an Android phone (!), I can now play in that humongous pond. Still getting the hang of using the phone’s camera, but that will improve with practice. Unfortunately, Inkophile is taken as is Margana. So I can use my full name or something expressive of my interests. Got any suggestions?

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Paper, Ink, Robots And Jingle Bells?

12/07/2014

What with the holidays, year-end tax issues and that “nightmare for the self-employed” called Obamacare, there is little time for the pleasure of gathering fun and eclectic articles, so this paltry few will have to do. Hopefully, January will be saner…

Holiday Spirit

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Caran d’Ache Ultra Violet Review

12/06/2014

Last year Caran d’Ache retired their much-loved line of inks in favor of a redesigned bottle and more saturated colors. Elaine at Jet Pens sent Ultra Violet for my first look at the current offering.

The current bottle design and packaging deserve a few remarks. The cap is overly heavy and unwieldy for me. The box top slips off with no way to secure it. Every time I pick it up, the bottom containing the bottle detaches. Luckily the bottle only fell a few inches onto my desk the first time it happened. Otherwise, it would have been a disaster. The slanted bottle and opening made it a little awkward to orient the nib in the ink.  While it may be attractive, the packaging is annoying if not impractical.

How does the ink fare? The purple has a slightly red bias and is highly saturated with no subtlety. The color looks slightly different on Rhodia than on Staples Sugarcane paper with the red component stronger on the latter. This doesn’t affect performance, but it is worthy of mention.

Depending on pen flow, some shading is possible though the Platinum #3776 Century SF used for the writing sample shades with most inks. As a Noodler’s and Diamine fan, I like saturated colors, but miss the more delicate shades that some companies have tossed aside. The discontinued CdA Storm was more to my liking. (Let me know if you have a bottle to sell, trade or know where one can be purchased.)

The ink seems a bit more thick than some brands though I have noticed no difference in pen performance. That  characteristic might contribute to its excellent coverage when used with a firm nib. Ultra Violet would be well suited to my Sailor Sapporo F or a Lamy EF. The degree of lubrication should be a treat with either nib.

So here’s what we have:

  • Purple with a slightly red bias
  • Highly saturated
  • Excellent coverage
  • Sightly more thick than some inks
  • Somewhat lubricating
  • Packaging and bottle are disappointing

Want a saturated purple ink? Caran d’Ache Ultra Violet might be the one for you. Just be careful with the packaging so the ink goes in your pen and not somewhere else. Well, unless you are fond of purple splotches where they don’t belong.

Much thanks to Jet Pens for providing this product. More purple ink reviews on the way soon.

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