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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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Review: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner Pens

10/15/2017

Spectrum Noir sent a generous supply of ArtLiner pens several months ago and they have been good tools for doodles and lettering. However, for a different perspective, my daughter Tessa, the artist in the family, agreed to take them for a spin and write about her experience. Please enjoy her art and comments.

The Spectrum Noir ArtLiner 6 piece set is a nice addition if you do art in ink.

I primarily used the 005 (finest tip) and some of the 01 (second finest) along with the brush pen for the thicker strokes. The strong point of this set is the variation in the size of the tips. I will say that it wasn’t an opaque, true black, but particularly for the finer lines, I don’t mind. It just depends on your preference. The crowning piece was the 005, used all throughout her skin. It was a lot of fun for detail, and is a pen I will definitely use in the future. I did notice some build up of ink, which is noticeable in certain lighting (I believe this is from the brush pen, and can be seen around her eyes), so that was a bit strange, but didn’t bother me. It might even be an asset to some.

I’m curious to use them more, and I do think the pens (even if not all) will make their way into my usual tools. I’m excited to see what else I can do with them.

For the mixed-media piece, I used a combination of the black, finer point ArtLiner pens and the brush pen for the line work. The coloring of the face was done with Prismacolor colored pencils. The hair was done with ArtLiner’s color brush pen set (and the black as above) with a combination of the dark blue, pink and purple. They draw almost like they’re running out of ink when tilted, which could be beneficial to some. I don’t have a background in painting, so it’s not my area of expertise. Regardless, they are fun to use and the colors are really nice.

Images courtesy of Tessa Maurer. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Teoh Yi Chie reviewed these art pens on YouTube. The Art Gear Guide has a video review, too.

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Sunday Reads: Halloween, Doodling, And A Pen Shop

10/15/2017

More proof that doodling is good for you. Really!

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Sunday Reads: Pens, Ink, And A Cuddly Ellie

10/01/2017

Do you Kindle?

  • The RichardsPens Guide to Fountain Pens:
  1. Volume 1: Glossopedia (Third Edition)
  2. Volume 2: Restoration
  3. Volume 3: Filling Systems
  4. Volume 4: Learning About Pens

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Sunday Reads: Hobonichi, Dogs, And Ramen

09/24/2017

Dogs and YouTube trumped keeping up with pens and inks this week…

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Sunday Reads: Handwriting, Color, And Making Movies

09/10/2017

Another eclectic mix…

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The Fountain Pen Book On Sale Today

09/04/2017

The Fountain Pen Book by Tony Thomas is on sale today in the Amazon Kindle format. Tony runs The Frugal Fountain Pen blog and has more than a nodding acquaintance with our favorite writing tool. Even if you are thoroughly knowledgeable about fountain pens, for a mere $1.99 you can support a worthy effort to bring more folks into the fold. Sweet and simple, eh?

You can purchase The Fountain Pen Book through my Amazon portal any day, but the sale price is only good through September 4, 2017.

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