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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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Sometimes A Rollerball Beats A Fountain Pen

01/21/2020

Yes, you read that right. Sometimes a fountain pen isn’t the best choice, especially when a pen might be idle for months at a time. Recently, I became acquainted with the Uni-ball Signo 307, a gel pen that suits such situations admirably.

The 307 was recommended for use with watercolors due to its permanence and saturated black color. Unlike some gel ink, the Signo does not produce globs that dry slowly. It is smooth, archival, and skip-free. According to Uni-ball, the 307 contains “Super Ink™ that protects against water, fade, and fraud.” In addition, rollerball pen tips do not fray or wear down on textured watercolor paper like felt tips do. The combination of permanence and durability makes the 307 a useful addition to my collection of watercolor tools. It is a bonus that it fills my need for a maintenance-free, always read to write pen.

It is comfortable in the hand, extremely light weight, and should tolerate normal use easily. It has been many years since I used a rollerball and it is good to see there has been improvement in the quality of the ink.

My 307 has a medium 0.7 nib that comes with black, red or blue ink. The kicker is that it requires absolutely no pressure to write a consistent line. My hand is very happy with it even if it is an inexpensive plastic pen. My fountain pens aren’t remotely jealous. The little stinkers have no fear of being replaced by a no-class upstart. Have they been raised right or what?

You don’t have to take my word for it. The Pen Addict posted a review in 2015 if you want to learn more from a trusted source.

On Amazon, I bought several to keep in locations where I write only on occasion but don’t always have a fountain pen handy. Note that there is an earlier model 207 that does not seem to have the same ink though it is a smooth writer. It does come in more colors if that is important for your needs.

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Signo 0.7mm black ink

Signo 0.7mm assorted color set

Signo 0.5mm black ink

Signo 0.5mm assorted color set

Signo 307 Refills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ink, Pens, Paper And A Norbert

01/14/2020

Some good stuff and a dog…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A List Of My Favorite Noodler’s Inks

01/09/2020

Did you know that Noodler’s Ink has a new website? So many colors!

I have used their inks for close to fifteen years starting with Black then moving on to Legal Lapis Blue from Pendemonium. Eventually, someone on Fountain Pen Network talked me into buying Apache Sunset and I was hooked for life.

After perusing the new website, making a list of my favorite Noodler’s inks struck me as a fun exercise especially comparing my choices from a few years ago to what is on my list today. It was a challenge to pare down to twenty but I did. Classified as they are on the Noodler’s site:

Blue

  • 54th Massachusetts
  • Ottoman Azure
  • Eel Turquoise
  • Dostoyevsky

Black

  • Noodler’s Black
  • Lexington Gray

Brown

  • Kiowa Pecan
  • Golden Brown

Green

  • Army Green
  • General of the Armies
  • El Lawrence

Orange

  • Habanero

Pink

  • Ottoman Rose
  • Georgia Peach

Purple

  • Purple Martin
  • Nightshade
  • Eel Cactus Fruit

Red

  • Antietam
  • Cayenne
  • Tiananmen

Which Noodler’s inks would be on your list?

Time for a big thank you to Carol at Luxury Brands who has kept me well supplied during the last few years. My list would have been much shorter if not for her generosity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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