Archive for the ‘Paper’ Category

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Noodler’s, Clairefontaine And A Lamy

09/30/2014

They didn’t walk into a bar together, but they did join forces at my desk. Noodler’s Black, a Clairefontaine notebook and a Lamy AL-Star EF make a delightful trio that is suitable for use anywhere including that bar. Unlike my fancy, schmancy pens, $40 bottles of ink, and leather-bound journals, this set-up could get lost or destroyed and then easily replaced without busting my budget.

What makes these three tools so special? The Lamy may not be the most comfortable pen, but for the smooth nib, a little discomfort can be tolerated. Noodler’s Black makes every fountain pen a winner and gets my unqualified vote of confidence. Clairefontaine paper is good with any ink and available at a wide variety of retailers including Writers Bloc from whence mine came. Put the three together and this is what you get.

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Airmail Stationery Via Amazon

09/29/2014

Do you have a fondness for airmail stationery? That thin, crinkly, onion skin paper has cachet to spare and usually works beautifully with fountain pen ink. A few years ago there was scant supply in the U.S. and I counted myself lucky to have found a tiny quantity that I have hoarded ever since. Today I was delighted to discover several products at Amazon. Are you interested?

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The Stamford Notebook

09/21/2014

The Stamford Notebook Company offered me the opportunity to test the paper used in their handsome notebooks. How could I refuse?

Paul Sloggett, one of the partners, had this to say about their choice of paper:

It is what we use in all our main range featuring around 70 colours and textures of notebook cover, in four different sizes. The paper is a 100 gsm off-white wove. It is so smooth because it is calendered during manufacture.

We also personalise notebooks with an individual’s initials using original letterpress type and bind many different special editions for retailers and visitor attractions.

Despite the blue slant of my photos, the paper has a slight warmth to it that is easy on the eyes and quite neutral under fountain pen ink. The lines are faint and offer a guide, but not a distraction. The surface is smooth posing no obstacle to the flow of ink and nib. Even the finest Japanese nib should glide across it. In my test the paper accommodated a variety of pen widths from extra-fine to medium with aplomb. However, my flex nibs laid down too much ink showing mild feathering and bleed-through. The ink dried well enough with finer nibs, but was slow with the wide and free-flowing ones.  Still it handily puts Moleskine to shame.

So if you like fine or dry-writing nibs, this paper should work well. The notebooks come in a variety of colors with good attention to detail based on images from the website. Free shipping if you live in the U.K. Lucky you!

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Paper, Pen And Ink Reviews In My Queue

09/20/2014

In case you wondered what happened to reviews, my Canon A700 has been producing degraded images of late. Getting things in focus has been a challenge and color accuracy has been iffy at best. To get things back on track, I’ve borrowed a Canon SX160IS that makes images that are much more clear and detailed. We are just getting acquainted and there is a learning curve to be negotiated, but I hope to get back to business in a few days.

In the interim, here are links to some of the products that will get individual posts in the next few weeks. To get the reviews to you as quickly as possible, the text will be pithy but enough to convey the good, the bad and the ugly should there be any.

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J. Herbin Orange Indien, Clairefontaine And A Giveaway

09/16/2014

The temperature is a blistering 100°F today, but I’m in the mood for fall. Time to break out some seasonally appropriate colors and at least pretend autumn is on its way.

In recognition of the alleged forthcoming change of seasons, Inkophile has a giveaway sponsored by Exaclair, U.S. distributor of J. Herbin and Clairefontaine. Interest piqued? Four lucky readers will receive a bottle of J. Herbin Orange Indien and a Clairefontaine Basics Duo (memo book). What a sweet deal!

Long a frequent visitor to my rotation, Orange Indien is happily mated this year to my Platinum #3776 Music Nib from Luxury Brands, LLC. Nothing shy about that duo and it is especially perfect on Clairefontaine.

To enter the giveaway, just post a comment and a sentence or two about how you would use your ink and pad. This offer is open to residents of the U.S. only. One entry per person with four random winners to be selected the first day of autumn, 9/22/2014, at 6pm PDT. Each winner will have until 9/30/2014 to respond. If not, a replacement winner will be selected. Fulfillment will be handled by Exaclair.

Thanks, Karen, for sponsoring the giveaway. You’re the best!

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Lotsa Links And A Chewbacca

09/07/2014

Gotta smile at the little guy…

Cute Emergency: Chewbacca as a baby

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The Colors Of San Juan Streets At Dusk

09/04/2014

With eight of the paints from my newest watercolor palette, I was able to mix some muted colors that reminded me of San Juan streets at dusk. This kit holds twelve pans, takes up very little space, and travels well. It won’t hold all of my favorite colors, but a small box of extras is always an option. Painting in a café with a waterbrush, a Stillman & Birn sketchbook and this little kit is all it takes to make me a happy camper. Yeah, I’m easy.

 

This setup includes a Pilot Prera filled with Noodler’s Black, a Kuretake waterbrush, Stillman & Birn Zeta Sketchbook and a metal watercolor box containing

  • Neutral Tint
  • Hansa Yellow Medium
  • Scarlet Lake
  • Permanent Rose
  • Manganese Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Sap Green
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Light Red
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Perylene Green

 

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