Posts Tagged ‘Clairefontaine paper’

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Namiki Falcon And J. Herbin Meet Clairefontaine

07/19/2016

A Namiki (Pilot) Falcon sporting a soft fine nib makes a lovely bridge between J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir and Clairefontaine French-Ruled paper. This isn’t calligraphy, but rather whimsical, swirly lettering that suits the way the nib likes to dance over the smooth surface of the paper. The ink provides proof that the pen and paper came together.

If you want the trio, Writer’s Bloc carries the pen, paper and ink. Nibs.com carries the pen and will modify it in amazing ways. John Mottishaw is their nibmeister and he may well be the best at his craft.

If you want to experiment with a flex nib but not tax your budget, Noodler’s makes fountain pens that will give you a sense of what it’s like to achieve thick and thin in the same stroke. Amazon offers the range in various colors though my clear Standard Flex is hard to beat when it comes to showing off ink to its best advantage.

 

So go have some flex fun filling lots and lots of pages, but don’t be surprised if it becomes an addiction. It’s a fat-free, guilt-free one and will even keep your hand out of the cookie jar while you doodle away. Cool, eh?

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Diamine Aqua Blue

06/05/2016

Aqua is one of my happy colors especially in a transparent pen. While going through old color swatches, I came across a squiggle of Diamine Aqua Blue and that squiggle is all the use it ever got. Nothing wrong with it, but other colors clamored more loudly for attention and so it got pushed to the back of the shelf.

Two days ago Aqua looked just right so the bottle moved to the front of the queue. The stingy Nemosine 0.8 italic nib volunteered to take it for a test drive probably thinking the ink would not be up to the task. Much to everyone’s surprise, on cheap paper the duo produced a very consistent line with the lightest touch. No feathering though some of the outlines are rough. Like Diamine Peach Haze, it did bleed and show through on copy paper. All my hand noticed was that the writing was smooth and stress free. The nib didn’t skate, but it did move comfortably well.

Mild shading is more pronounced on Clairefontaine though the nib didn’t glide quite as easily on the coated surface. No feathering, bleed-through or show-through, but Clairefontaine never has those problems anyway.

Whether a short-term problem or a long-term condition, there are times when writing can be a challenge. At the end of a long day and for the effortless writing, Diamine Aqua Blue is a rich color that makes filling pages with swirls, letters and doodles a delightful activity.

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Links From Calligraphy To Pencils To Nibs

01/03/2016

Time to kick off 2016…

A year later and these are still some of my favorite things.

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J. Herbin Stormy Grey, A Simple Review

06/17/2015

Any questions?

Oh, bottle courtesy of Karen Doherty at Exaclair, who thankfully insists on feeding my ink and paper addiction.

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Giveaway Goodies Meet Cat

05/01/2015

Remember the recent Exaclair giveaway? One of the winners, Pamela Keown, sent images of her haul. Cool, eh?

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The Spring Giveaway Ends In Less Than 24 Hours

03/30/2015

The Spring Is Here paper and ink giveaway ends March 31 at 6pm PDT. Add a comment to the original post if you haven’t already.

 

Another giveaway sponsored by Exaclair, distributor of J. Herbin ink and Clairefontaine paper.

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It’s Spring And Time For A Paper And Ink Giveaway

03/20/2015

Exaclair is making you an offer you can’t refuse: a notebook plus ink for five readers. The paper is from Clairefontaine’s “Moulin Rouge” collection of notebooks in the pocket size with a different design for each winner. These are not sold in the U.S. which makes them a rare treat. Filled with Clairefontaine paper, this is a notebook that won’t go to waste.

Also, included will be a 10 ml bottle of J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier ink. That’s more than enough ink to get acquainted and hooked on a slightly warm, pinkish-red that is lovely for spring and summer. In a free-flowing nib, I found it a good substitute for a bright red when a bit of subtlety is in order.

To enter the giveaway, just post a comment and a sentence or two about how you would use your ink and pad. This offer is open to residents of the U.S. only. One entry per person with five random winners to be selected, 3/31/2015, at 6pm PDT. Each winner will have until 4/05/2015 to claim their prizes. If not, a replacement winner will be selected. Fulfillment will be handled by Exaclair.

Thank you, Karen, for making this giveaway possible and allowing Inkophile to host it.

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