New Faves For 201612/18/2016
This past year I made some new friends. Links are to sources for the products.
- Pilot Metropolitan – medium – Acquired two. Both have very good nibs with excellent flow.
- Platinum Plaisir – medium – Larger form than the Metro, but with a Slip & Seal cap. Same nib as the Preppy.
- Pilot Kaküno – medium – Very lightweight and comes in a variety of cheerful colors. Winking nib is a nice touch.
- Noodler’s Civilization’s Blue (discontinued) and Upper Ganges Blue inks – Civ Blue hit all the right notes, but Upper Ganges is a close second.
- Noodler’s 1820 Essex with Dostoyevsky ink – This pen and ink were made for each other.
- Super5 Dublin ink – My first Super5 ink. Good performance and a very appealing color.
- Robert Oster Red Orange ink – A very happy color.
- Platinum Carbon Ink Black – Very smooth, saturated black ink. No performance issues whatsoever with a Plaisir.
- Diamine Marine Ink – For a teal/turquoise fan, this one brings lots of joy.
- Quo Vadis Plan & Note – The 2017 edition will be my daily journal. Love the layout and paper quality.
- Stillman & Birn soft flexible sketchbooks – Lightweight form and great paper make a superior journal.
- Staples Arc System – Used sporadically in the past, but worked well for several projects this year.
- Shotshell box for storing ink samples – Easily my best paraphernalia find of the year.
- Silver Brush Black Velvet watercolor brushes – Acquired several this year. Supple, retain shape very well and hold lots of fluid.
- Daniel Smith Prussian Blue and Transparent Red Oxide watercolors – Good additions to my transparent palette.
- Aureolin by Winsor & Newton or Daniel Smith – Excellent yellow combined with Permanent Rose or Quinacridone Rose and Cobalt Blue for mixing a full range of colors. This has become my “Less Is More” triad and a staple for my mini kit. (h/t Pat Weaver)
- Pentel Touch Brush Tip Felt Pen – Good at line variation whether for writing or drawing.
- Uniball Air marker – More durable than a felt marker and glides effortlessly across the page. Makes my hand happy.
- Buddha board – Great tool for practicing strokes without wasting ink, paint or paper.