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Sunday Reads From Pens To Cellphones To Veggies?

12/04/2016

Total cuteness at the first link. Total yum at the last one…

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Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo And Prussian Blue

12/02/2016

It wasn’t the plan, but while playing with Daniel Smith Prussian Blue watercolor, I discovered that on natural white paper, it’s nearly a perfect match for Iroshizuku tsuki-yo ink. The paper warms the colors slightly as is my preference.

The doodles initiated a practice session for two seldom used brushes. Then swatches and slender lines followed. Finally, squiggles and tiny trees emerged. Once the page was filled, the hunt for a matching ink was on. There might be better matches, but of the inks on hand, tsuki-yo came the closest. As always, playing with paint and ink was good, clean fun.

Available at Amazon:

Daniel Smith Prussian Blue Watercolor

Iroshizuku tsuki-yo

Princeton Neptune 4750 1/4″ square wash brush

Escoda Versatil #2 Rigger brush

Langton Prestige 140# watercolor paper

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Inks And Pens For December 2016

11/30/2016

The flowers from a watercolor video prompted my December ink rotation and prove that inspiration can be found anywhere. The colors might suggest summer, but they are making me happy today. And that is what counts.

Diamine Eau de Nile, Sailor Tokiwa-matsu, Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrun, Diamine Violet, Diamine Tyrian Purple, Noodler’s Black Swan in English Roses, J. Herbin Terre de Feu, Diamine Vermilion, and Stipula Calamo Sapphron. The pens include a Pelikan M215, Platinum #3776 music nib, Platinum Century Nice, TWSBI 580, Pilot Metropolitan, Platinum Plaisir and a Noodler’s 1820 Essex.

Watercolor video by Andrew Geeson.

Here are some of these items at Amazon.

Platinum #3776 Century MU: http://amzn.to/2dKtK2y
Pelikan M215 Med: http://amzn.to/2dSUInO
Pilot Black Metro Med: http://amzn.to/2cl4gat
J Herbin Terre de Feu: http://amzn.to/2dKww7M
R&K alt-goldgrun: http://amzn.to/2dKyxRt
Sailor Tokiwa-matsu: http://amzn.to/2eb7vnb
Stipula Calamo Sapphron: http://amzn.to/2gKnuas
Diamine Eau de Nile: http://amzn.to/2gHTOwV
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Sunday Reads: Pens, Ink And Journals

11/27/2016

Tidbits discovered this past week during the rare moments when life was not a distraction…

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Moleskine And Platinum Carbon Ink

11/23/2016

The best thing about yesterday was discovering how well Platinum Carbon Ink performs on Moleskine paper and in a cahier at that. The Plaisir is perfectly tuned for the ink so using this trio is a real pleasure.

The second best thing was UPS delivering a package by bicycle. That was a first in my neighborhood and quite a sight. The “chocolate man” as my daughter used to call him, rode away too fast for a photo, but the event was good for a chuckle in an otherwise mirthless day.

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Review: Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen

11/22/2016

The Platinum Plaisir has so much going for it, that calling it an entry-level pen is too limited. It is a fountain pen that offers excellent functionality at a reasonable price with features anyone can appreciate.

The Plaisir is a well-constructed, anodized aluminum bodied model that comes in a variety of colors. It is a medium sized pen at 142.5 mm long and 15 mm in maximum diameter. The weight is 15.4 g and should be comfortable in most hands. The cap is friction fit, but does not pop off without a little effort perhaps due to the Slip & Seal mechanism that prevents ink from drying in the nib. It is a great feature, particularly for anyone who is lackadaisical about pen use or care.

The pen comes with the same much loved, stainless nib as the Platinum Preppy. My fine nib has good flow and a little definition. It isn’t an italic, but the shape does enhance line edges.

With the smooth and luscious Platinum Carbon Black, the medium nib puts down a substantial line that is comparable to some broad nibs. The bonus is that it can be used upside down for a fine line. It isn’t quite as smooth as a pen with a true fine nib, but with the right ink on quality paper, it is perfectly serviceable. This can be especially useful for sketching or doodling. A Stillman & Birn Epsilon Sketchbook  made fast proof of that.

The section is clear revealing the ink’s color and whether the nib is running dry. It can look a bit messy, but a brilliant ink turns this into a colorful feature rather than a liability.

Some people consider the Plaisir to be a beginner’s pen. Using one revealed one of the reasons: the medium has a very large sweet spot. It can be rotated and held upright or even at a low angle and will still write well. As a gift to a newbie, the fine is worth considering as it produces a line more comparable in width to the familiar rollerball or gel pen.

The Plaisir comes in many colors, an array recently expanded with the a new release called Nova Orange. Compared to orange inks in my collection, the colors that match the barrel best are Iroshizuku yu-yake and J. Herbin Orange Indien. The metal barrel reflects light producing a variety of tones adding to the appeal of what Platinum has christened the Color of the Year for 2017. The Frosty Blue pen is well-matched to Diamine China Blue, but that’s only to give you a sense of the color. Gunmetal is a welcome change from the ubiquitous black and a neutral home for any ink. The three pens look very inviting on my desk. For a color lover having only one of these jewels may not be enough.

The pen comes with a single cartridge. If bottled ink is on the menu, a converter will be needed. Since it’s a metal pen, staining won’t be an issue. Bring on those inks that are known to misbehave and let the Plaisir tame them.

With its quality fit and finish plus variety of colors, the Platinum Plaisir is a good choice for the budget conscious whether for personal use or as a gift. It makes an attractive travel pen and, if lost, easily replaced. If you fancy carrying a loaner, the firm nib should withstand a few minutes in the grip of a heavy-handed newbie and provide a good initiation into the world of fountain pens. The more the merrier, eh?

A big thank you to Carol at Luxury Brands for the Platinum pens and Carbon Ink. It was great fun getting acquainted. The Nova Orange is good for a smile every time I see it. Yeah, I am a sucker for orange and in that I am not alone. Bet you won’t be able to keep this one in stock.

More info at Platinum Pen Co.

Where to buy:

Fine nib at Amazon

Medium nib at Amazon

Platinum converter at Amazon

Platinum Carbon Ink at Amazon

Noodler’s Black Swan in English Roses

 

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Sunday Reads: Doodles And Ink

11/13/2016

A few that caught my eye this past week…

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