Posts Tagged ‘creative journal’

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Sunday Reads: Dogs, Snow and Pen Stuff

01/07/2018

Having introduced a couple of dogs to the wonders of snow, the Dogs in Snow video proved delightfully true though my kids never tried the two-legged march. Of the two, a Shih Tzu and a mini dachshund, the former was thrilled with the foot-deep drifts of the stuff while the latter was shocked and intimidated. The Shih Tzu, a lapdog, had chutzpah while the doxie, a ratter, was a wuss. Go figure.

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Review: Clearprint Vellum Field Book

12/13/2015

Since 1933 Clearprint has offered cotton vellum paper in a variety of forms from 100 yard rolls down to 8.5″ x 11″ sheets. Now offered as a portable field book, this unique paper can fit anywhere including a pocket.

As a child I loved the texture and crinkly sounds from the discarded scraps that came into my hands. To a budding paper hoarder, this was treasure. Not long after rediscovering fountain pens, a packet of vellum made its way into my paper stash and became a happy mate to any fountain pen ink.

What’s not to like about a notebook that is

  • filled with translucent paper
  • works well with any fountain pen ink
  • good for many uses and excels at layering
  • incredibly smooth and kind to nibs
  • good with watercolor though the paper may buckle mildly
  • tough enough to be primed for oil or acrylic painting
  • available in blank or grid (3mm) formats
  • outfitted with a substantial cardboard back for field use
  • made with removable pages
  • free of bleed-through with FP ink though translucency produces show-through

Note that vellum is not absorbent so ink can take a long time to dry. Blotter recommended. That or a ton of patience.

The notebooks come in 3 x 4, 4 x 6, 6 x 8, and 8.5 x 11 inch sizes holding 50 sheets each. Since the sheets detach easily, the 6 x 8 pages could be used for correspondence. I like the thin but sturdy paper for notes to slide between the pages of a book and it is perfect for tracing or overlays.

Got a thing for paper, but aren’t acquainted with vellum? You are in for a treat. If you have experience with vellum, a Clearprint book presents a handy form and size to take this lovely paper on the road if only so far as the local coffee shop.

If you can’t find these notebooks locally, toss one into your shopping cart at Amazon for some good, clean inky fun.

 

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A Glimpse At Midori Paper And Fountain Pen Ink

04/03/2015

Japanese paper and fountain pen ink can be the best of mates as proven by these initial photos of a Midori Traveler’s Notebook from Jet Pens. Is love too strong a word?

More to come this month on grid notebooks and how useful they can be for keeping a journal whether you are well-organized or live a fractured lifestyle as I do.

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A Few Links And A Finch

03/09/2015

Useful articles from last week…

This little House Finch has been tapping at my window for two days as his mate watches from a nearby fence. What can he possibly see inside that is so intriguing?

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A Boatload of Paper

01/30/2015

Late last week I received a box of paper products from a friend who shares my paper hoarding affliction. You know the symptoms. Buy tons of paper retail, on sale, discounted, whatever, but often in quantity with hopes one product will be so ideal for fountain pen ink that you experience a state of bliss whenever you see, touch or put a pen to it. Not sure if that is over the top or dead-on, but if it sounds familiar, you are in good company.

Here is the dilemma I faced over the weekend.

Where to begin with so many choices? I finally gave myself a nudge and removed one plastic wrapper. But that’s as far as I got. The journals just looked too perfect to abuse with scribbles and such.

However, reviews take hands-on experience. So after the wrappers are removed, pen and ink tests will follow for writing paper and watercolor tests for the art paper. Call it initiation. Those that pass, join the hoard. Those that don’t, land in the giveaway box. On occasion, a format doesn’t thrill me, so even good paper can get tossed. It’s a simple system even though my collection seems to expand no matter what I do.

But isn’t that a good thing?

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Selecting A Journal For The New Year – Part 2

01/06/2015

Best laid plans and all that. The Miquelrius journal has been a disappointment. The paper bleeds worse than the paper in my copier so I’m looking for something better. Kp offered to send a few journals from her stash and I will post the results in time. If all else fails, a Stillman & Birn Epsilon or Zeta may have to heed the call although I prefer them for other duties than my day to day musings. A lined or grid format is really essential to keep my writing on the straight and narrow, but decorating pages with watercolor is necessary, too. The search continues…

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Selecting A Journal For The New Year

12/30/2014

After following Mia’s work in a Hobonichi this past year, is it any wonder this journal topped my list for 2015? The Tomoe River paper is delightful and the layout and covers are attractive and well-made. The largest version is in the right range for my wide nibs and would still leave enough room for doodles and ink swatches. Unfortunately, the Hobonichi is not in my budget.

There are stores that sell Tomoe River paper in journals, but not in the grid format with which I want to experiment this next year. Paper For Fountain Pens, Nanami Seven Seas and Jet Pens have lined and blank paper if that might work for you. Jet Pens sent some blank sheets that I might put together for an ink journal once my Clairefontaine is full.

Uncertain what to use for a daily journal, I put aside the decision for another day and decided to look for a Noodler’s ink to write holiday notes. It was rather dark in my office so I used a flashlight to see the back of the bottom shelf and look what I found.

Two Miquelrius grid notebooks! They lack the cachet of Tomoe River, but they have a ton of pages and are very fountain pen friendly. These journals are too heavy to carry around so that is one drawback. Otherwise, they will do. And the budget nanny is pleased indeed.

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