Archive for the ‘Paper’ Category

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Stillman & Birn Soft Cover Sketchbooks

12/28/2016

Stillman & Birn sent a few of their soft cover Sketchbooks and I am really enjoying them. The quality of S&B paper is always excellent and the hard cover version has been in my arsenal for years. It is equally fantastic for fountain pens, watercolors or mixed media. The soft cover has proven to be an even better match for my needs in several ways.

  • The soft cover journal weighs a little less than the hardcover. It’s enough to notice a difference carried in my travel pack.
  • The pages bend back a little more easily than the hardcover and become extremely flat. No barriers to painting across a two-page spread.
  • The corners are rounded which is a nice touch.
  • The soft cover has two more sheets of that lovely paper.
  • The cover is stiff enough that I can hold the book in my lap or hand to work.
  • The cover material is less inclined to slide on my desk than the hard cover version.

The question that remains is how durable the soft cover is compared to the hard cover and whether any difference is enough to matter in everyday use. My journals tend to get pampered with duty largely at my work table. They often look pristine even after months of use and so far the Stillman & Birn soft cover looks just fine. This is where the rounded corners are of benefit since they fray less easily than squared ones. Put that down to thoughtful design.

Frankly, you can’t go wrong with Stillman & Birn paper regardless of the application. Just match your paper selection to the intended use. Either cover will do the job so it’s a matter of personal preference. Both will protect your pages and provide a serviceable platform on which to work. This is truly the good stuff and very highly recommended.

Brenda Swenson review on YouTube and a second review here. Liz Steel review.

Portrait and landscape are both available at Amazon.

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First Take On A Few Products

12/24/2016

Busy, busy, busy here, but still moving forward on a few reviews. First take on several products:

  • Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks with soft covers are as good as it gets especially for those with arthritis and other hand issues.
  • Pilot MR Metropolitan 1.0 Calligraphy nib is an italic that proved to be a dry writer with Noodler’s Dostoyevsky. Will try either Pilot Blue-Black or an Iroshizuku next to see if either improves performance.
  • Lamy Studio Fine arrived with two very visible body flaws. Then I removed the cap to discover the edge of the barrel that meets the cap is ridiculously sharp and jagged. So much for quality control.
  • Coccoina adhesive smells like marzipan and is delightful to use.
  • Silver Brush Monaco Travel Case is somewhat large, but will hold eight brushes plus lots of additional tools. Looks durable, too.

There are at least a dozen inks to review along with several brands of paper plus two Fountain Pen Revolution flex models. The next few months are going to be very busy indeed.

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New Faves For 2016

12/18/2016

This past year I made some new friends. Links are to sources for the products.

Art Supplies

  • 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.

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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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Sunday Reads: Doodles And Ink

11/13/2016

A few that caught my eye this past week…

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The Comp Book Gets An Upgrade

11/07/2016

Ana at The Well-Appointed Desk has the details about a Kickstarter campaign for a fountain pen-friendly composition book called comp. Interested? Who doesn’t have a fondness for that reminder of the good old days at school. Filling one was such an accomplishment. The paper quality was good enough for my Sheaffer school pens, but my efforts to find something comparable in recent years have resulted in a paper pile that is good only for collecting dust. comp promises to change all that.

In addition to high quality paper, the form is superior to the junk on office supply shelves. Good paper – good form. Then there is the tote, but you’ll have to click through to see what that’s about.

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Sunday Reads From Pens To Ink To Paper

10/30/2016

Three videos in one post. YouTube sucked up far too much time this week, but it was also inspirational. Anything that encourages using a fountain pen is okay with me.

Platinum #3776 music nib with Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrün on Stillman & Birn paper

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