Archive for the ‘Pen Use’ Category

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Esterbrook Fountain Pens and Journaling

10/27/2022

The esterbrook_official account on Instagram has posted some videos of fountain pens used in journals that have been embellished with ephemera. Also known as scrapbooking, this method of decorating a journal employs colors and shapes to make appealing designs using stickers, stamps and seals.

Fountain pen writing is not required when creating a layout. Here are two of mine that didn’t need words.

Although I used a Traveler’s Notebook, any journal will do including those that did not take well to fountain pen ink. You don’t have notebooks with less than stellar paper do you? Ha!

For years my planner has been divided into sections defined by washi tape and often stickers. Full-page layouts are a natural extension of that and are very satisfying to make. If there is interest, I will write a post about a few techniques, tools and products.

Very highly recommended activity if you need/want/crave another hobby.

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Improve Your Writing With A Handwriting Journal

06/21/2022

3.3 million views for a handwriting video is impressive. The use of a Lamy fountain pen, Aurora black ink and a Traveler’s Notebook add to its aesthetic presentation. Need a bit of encouragement to try your hand at something new? This might be just the thing to get you started.

One of the most useful points made is that it takes repetitive effort to create muscle memory. Just keep practicing and that new style of lettering will become natural. My suspicion is that the first style is the most difficult and successive ones are more easily learned.

Another useful point is to write slowly. That breaks writing habits associated with one’s usual handwriting.

Kudos to the video’s creator, MyLifeinaBullet on YouTube, for inspiring writers to write and for using a fountain pen to do it.

 

 

 

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Neglected Pens And A Waterman Carene

08/05/2021

Once in a while conversations trigger good ideas for posts and this is one of those occasions. In the past week, two pen friends mentioned the Waterman Carene which enticed me to give mine a new chance at life. In the past, it needed too much effort to use whether from a poor choice of inks or underwhelming flow. Regardless, everyone deserves a second chance and in this case, it proved to be a good decision.

My pen is a Waterman Carene Deluxe with a factory stub nib that came my way almost twelve years ago. Since Waterman no longer offers a stub for the Carene, this is an uncommon pen. It’s a little heavy but well balanced. The nib is very stiff and solid, but smooth, and with the right ink, a pleasure to use.

A second chance is what a lot of pens deserve. So many in my collection have had little use and too few opportunities to find a best ink and paper combination. Has that happened to you? With a hundred pens and hundreds of inks, there is no way every one of them could receive the attention it deserves. So I am going to slowly work my way through the most promising prospects starting with stubs and italics. The Carene is just the beginning.

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Sunday Reads: Pens, Inks, And A Pup In Pink

05/27/2018

The pup in pink won me over…

 

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Sunday Reads: Sheen, Tomoe River, And A Cat

05/06/2018

Ink sheen is intriguing, but using a cooperative paper can make even less well-endowed inks show a little dazzle…

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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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Sunday Reads: Pen People And Pen Stuff

05/14/2017

Pelikan M200 Binder Stub

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