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Sunday Reads: An Amazing Journal, Thor’s Hammer, And A Chick Magnet

11/19/2017

Very glad to be starting a new week…

 

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Sunday Reads: A Pug, A Squirrel, And Pens

11/12/2017

More pens than not…

 

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Sunday Reads: Pens, Scones And Doxies

11/05/2017

Google Chrome has been fighting me for months with arbitrary actions, freezes and excruciating slowness. Does any browser really work better? It just unceremoniously dumped my post and closed the tab. Retrieving it produced only a blank page. Hrumph! Here is what I can remember.

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Sunday Reads: Twilight Blue And Reasons To Use A Fountain Pen

10/29/2017

Slow week, but still a few things to share…

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Review: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner Pens

10/15/2017

Spectrum Noir sent a generous supply of ArtLiner pens several months ago and they have been good tools for doodles and lettering. However, for a different perspective, my daughter Tessa, the artist in the family, agreed to take them for a spin and write about her experience. Please enjoy her art and comments.

The Spectrum Noir ArtLiner 6 piece set is a nice addition if you do art in ink.

I primarily used the 005 (finest tip) and some of the 01 (second finest) along with the brush pen for the thicker strokes. The strong point of this set is the variation in the size of the tips. I will say that it wasn’t an opaque, true black, but particularly for the finer lines, I don’t mind. It just depends on your preference. The crowning piece was the 005, used all throughout her skin. It was a lot of fun for detail, and is a pen I will definitely use in the future. I did notice some build up of ink, which is noticeable in certain lighting (I believe this is from the brush pen, and can be seen around her eyes), so that was a bit strange, but didn’t bother me. It might even be an asset to some.

I’m curious to use them more, and I do think the pens (even if not all) will make their way into my usual tools. I’m excited to see what else I can do with them.

For the mixed-media piece, I used a combination of the black, finer point ArtLiner pens and the brush pen for the line work. The coloring of the face was done with Prismacolor colored pencils. The hair was done with ArtLiner’s color brush pen set (and the black as above) with a combination of the dark blue, pink and purple. They draw almost like they’re running out of ink when tilted, which could be beneficial to some. I don’t have a background in painting, so it’s not my area of expertise. Regardless, they are fun to use and the colors are really nice.

Images courtesy of Tessa Maurer. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Teoh Yi Chie reviewed these art pens on YouTube. The Art Gear Guide has a video review, too.

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Sunday Reads: Halloween, Doodling, And A Pen Shop

10/15/2017

More proof that doodling is good for you. Really!

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Sunday Reads: Pens, Ink, And A Cuddly Ellie

10/01/2017

Do you Kindle?

  • The RichardsPens Guide to Fountain Pens:
  1. Volume 1: Glossopedia (Third Edition)
  2. Volume 2: Restoration
  3. Volume 3: Filling Systems
  4. Volume 4: Learning About Pens

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