Archive for the ‘Doodles & Journals’ Category

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Lockdown Distractions Plus A Few Links

05/03/2020

To keep the lockdown from being a bore, I’ve spent a good deal of it investigating my under-appreciated and unused writing and watercolor paraphernalia. Exploring several empty journals and an assortment of gel, rollerball and brush pens has provided colorful distraction. My first choice in mechanical pencils, an Autopoint 0.9, has been joined by a Uni Kuru Toga 0.5 and a Pentel Icy 0.7 providing gray-scale variety for sketching as well as writing. My planner has morphed into a diary as well as my log of binge-watching that includes several BBC series, film noir features, Wynonna Earp, Longmire, How the Universe Works with Mike Rowe plus a variety of science programs.

How are you staying busy?

If you want to play along, these are the mechanical pencils I am currently using:

Autopoint 0.9 mm with HB lead

Uni Kuru Toga 0.5 mm with 4B lead

Pentel Icy 0.7 mm with HB lead

Drawn from a photo on Instagram…

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Pen Links That Banish Boredom

04/16/2020

Are you staying busy? Not a problem for me. My wish list has grown dramatically thanks to so much free time. Paper in particular has my interest so the massive list from Fountain Pen Love is getting a second look. After all, what good are fab pens and inks if they don’t have a proper playground?

This may be from the archives but a Platinum pen never goes out of style.

 

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Doodling As An Antidote To Turbulent Times

04/05/2020

Do you have a squiggle, doodle or word that brings relaxation, pleasure, even joy when you write it? For many of us, the repeated making of that mark breaks the incessant clamoring of life and renews the flow of energy that surviving the onslaught demands. Turbulent times be damned!

Make your mark count. Fill a page with it when the lights are low and electronic devices have been put to rest. You may find that you fall asleep more easily. Draw it repeatedly to break a deadlock or switch gears when too much is happening at once. Calm, relaxed, focused are essential states that repetitive mark making can help you achieve.

My doodle of choice lends itself to margins, small areas or even full pages. Any instrument can produce it admirably, even a stick in the sand. I do set some rules including not letting the swirl lines touch each other. That particular limitation keeps me focused and less able to entertain extraneous thoughts. Distraction achieved.

Fountain pens and felt tips are my preferred instrument for line variation but satisfaction isn’t dependent on the tool. It’s the motion and the look of the doodle that matter most. It is a terrific way to use up ink when it’s time to change colors.

The drawing of something so familiar provides a useful basis for comparison when evaluating a new pen or ink. The degree of flow and lubrication are revealed by drawing swooping lines and doodles. Nibs that bite into the paper’s surface are relegated to second class status and thereafter employed only for suitable tasks. In essence, make my doodle properly or you are going to spend your days in the pen drawer.

If you haven’t found your special mark, review old pages of notes for something suitable. Over the years, I have gone through several types of doodles and while I have a favorite, there are others that are good as well. I tend to go for rounded, flowing lines. Cross-hatching comes in second. Words don’t work for me if relaxing is my goal though a page full of random words can break a writer’s block. Calligraphic decorative elements offer a wealth of possibilities. It doesn’t have to be the entire element. Even a small portion of one might do the trick.

Should you fancy a little variety, there are seasonal squiggles that fill a niche like fir trees, pumpkins, hearts and shamrocks. The point is not to limit yourself. If you are playful with it, so much the better. Use up disappointing paper and ink. It really doesn’t matter. Just do it and enjoy it. And isn’t that what pens should be about.

Ten years of my doodles and squiggles reflect little change. Why tinker with what works?

Some of my non-fountain pen doodling favorite tools can be found on Amazon. Should you purchase there, Inkophile may earn a tiny commission at no extra cost to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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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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