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Need A Distraction? Pen Links To The Rescue!

03/29/2020

Whether you call it quarantine, lockdown or unscheduled stay-cation, fifteen straight days at home has provided too much time to squander in the pursuit of a quick fix, either intellectually or emotionally. Seeking out noteworthy sites has helped me stay out of trouble. Well, for the most part. What keeps you going?

From the archives, inks in rotation April 3, 2012.

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Midweek Links: Journals, Pens, And Fountain Pen Ink

03/11/2020

Two pens, two inks and two fabulous journal links.

From the archives…

 

 

 

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When Technology Fails, Lavender Ink Will Do

03/09/2020

A few weeks ago, my laptop died. It lived at least a year beyond its predicted demise so its death was not unexpected. Platinum Classic Lavender Black provided some solace. Purple is more soothing than my “happy dance” orange inks so it was the best choice for the frustrating circumstances. Yes, hopelessly an inkophile.

Equally predictable, the lack of a computer put a dent in my writing efforts. Until I can swing a new device, an old and somewhat unreliable laptop borrowed a couple of days ago will suffice though posts may be shorter in length than usual. I have to write quickly before it freezes and eats my words. That might not be a bad thing when I think about it.  Ha!

First though, I have weeks of catching up on other matters. Then, if no other insanity strikes, Inkophile will receive its due. Anything in particular you would like to see?

Platinum Classic Ink courtesy of Luxury Brands USA.

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Adding Inspiration To Journal Pages

02/20/2020

My earliest memories of stickers are the stars my piano teacher used to mark the rare occasion my playing measured up to her standards. I was anything but an apt pupil. Nevertheless, those shiny stars were good for a modest sense of accomplishment. I hadn’t given them a thought in the ensuing years until I discovered these 44mm x 44mm Van Gogh stickers.

Now I can embellish journal pages or decorate unremarkable covers with small versions of some of my favorite paintings. The colors are inspiring and isn’t that the perfect thing to encourage filing a journal page.

Van Gogh Sticker

There are several sets of washi tapes and stickers I would like to buy though on most of my journal pages, hand drawn doodles fill the margins leaving little space for stick-on additions.

I do enjoy variety on my written pages. Do you? How do you make your pages visually interesting?

 

Washi paper stickers

Van Gogh stickers

Ukiyoe stickers

Van Gogh bundle

Geometric designs on washi tape

 

 

 

 

 

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Brush Pen Ink Test

02/18/2020

Though not crucial for doodles or writing in a journal, permanence is a necessity for use with watercolors. Inspired by Teoh’s pen comparison, I tested some brush pens that contained their original inks.

After allowing the ink to dry for a minute or two, I applied water to the right side of the swatches to see which ones would move. Two were not waterproof. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it can be exploited to make shadows or to add color to objects. Those that are waterproof won’t mix with paint placed next to or over them. That opens up a wealth of possibilities.

The test paper is Bee 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper. Though I use brush pens more often in a sketchbook, watercolor paper provides a better surface to test a pen that will get used with paint.

For drawing, the Kuretake 630-8670 due to its brush-like nib was the best for my purposes. Unfortunately, it seems to have been discontinued.

The Kuretake Cambio is readily available and comes in different nib widths and colors which makes it a bit more interesting for my doodle notebooks. It also has excellent flow and coverage. When I need to purchase another brush pen, the Cambio will be the one.

From top to bottom: Kuretake ZiG Cambio Shu-Boku in vermilion,  Sakura Pigma Sumi Brush XSDK-TA, Sakura Pigma Brush sdk-br#49, Kuretake 630-8670, Pilot S-50FDF-B,  Tombow ABT N15.

A few of the brush pens tested are available at Amazon. Inkophile earns a tiny commission when you use these links to make your purchases.

Kuretake ZIG XO50-10B Cambio Medium Brush Pen, Black

Kuretake Zig XO50F-10B Cambio Fine Brush Pen, Black

Kuretake ZIG XO50-070B Cambio Shu-Boku Medium Brush Pen, Vermillion

Kuretake ZIG XO50-091B Cambio Usuzumi Medium Brush Pen, Gray

Sakura Pigma Black Paint Brush Pen (XSDK-BR-49)

Tombow Dual Brush Pen, N15 – Black, Brush and Fine Tip Marker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday Tidbits: Fountain Pens, Platinum Nibs And A Retrospective

02/11/2020

If you need a little pencouragement to acquire something new…

These are two of my favorite nibs sported by the pens that got me hooked on demonstrators. Hard to believe I have used them for over five years and have never tired of how they look or write. Seeing colorful ink through the clear barrel is always delightful.

Platinum #3776 Century Nice Pen Nibs from Luxury Brands USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday Tidbits: Pen, Paper And Ink Links

01/28/2020

José Naranja makes beautiful journals that he on occasion offers for sale. Oh, and I didn’t even make it through January without falling in love with an ink from Colorverse. What do you think of it?

From the archives, a photo of my mother’s jet beads, a silk flower, Rhodia pad, and ten pens. The red Lamy Safari looks out of place but it’s a good writer. In my rotation, how a pen writes is more important than its form. Which is more important to you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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