Posts Tagged ‘Stillman & Birn’

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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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Weekend Watercolor Winners Meet Stillman & Birn

10/15/2016

This past week incoming goodies included four brushes and a tube of red watercolor providing the perfect opportunity to test the new softcover Stillman & Birn Zeta Sketchbook. This wasn’t planned, but it could have been. What a wonderful way to spend a bit of the weekend.

Now where to fit in that J. Herbin Caroube de Chypre ink that has patiently waited for its measure of attention? Perhaps during the week if things get slow. Heh. As if.

Where to buy:

Stillman & Birn Zeta Softcover Sketchbook

Silver Brush Black Velvet #8 Round

Silver Brush Black Velvet #8 Script

Silver Brush Black Velvet 3/4″ Oval

Loew-Cornell 7400 1″ Angle Shader

Daniel Smith Watercolor in Quinacridone Red

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World Watercolor Month And Supplies To Get You Started

07/02/2016

Yesterday was the first day of the very first World Watercolor Month. It might not be on your calendar, but don’t let that stop the celebration. Angela Fehr sent an invitation to participate and I’m game. Check out Doodlewash for inspiration and use the #worldwatercolormonth hashtag when you post your watercolor sketches.

If you are new to watercolor painting, Angela has a YouTube channel that can help you get started. Her style is to let the paint do the talking without using pen or pencil to draw a scene first. It’s very loose and exciting to see the colors mix together on the paper.

Another method is to draw a subject and use paint to fill in the color. It reminds me of a coloring book and works very well in a journal. Teoh is an urban sketcher who does it that way.

Want to give it a go? All that’s needed is paint, brush, a container for water, and of course water. Here are some products from Amazon.com to get you started.

If you want to minimize your investment, Cotman is as good as it gets for student grade paint and it is much better than the stuff sold for kids. Student grade can have more fillers and be less lightfast than artist grade, but it’s good enough to get acquainted with watercolor painting. The box can be refilled with artist grade colors as needed.

Just as important as the paint is the quality of the paper. Crummy paper will yield unsatisfactory results even with top quality paint. Buy the best you can or you may never know how much fun painting can be.

For a newbie, a synthetic brush can offer more control than natural hair and provide a good transition from writing and drawing to painting with watercolor. If you are only investing in one brush, buy one with a good point for lines and details. You can always paint with the side of the brush when more coverage is needed.

So there you go. World Watercolor Month and the few tools needed to participate. Are you on board?

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I’m In A New Relationship

05/17/2016

Not that kind!

However, in order to support the acquisition of new products to review, I have become an Amazon Affiliate. Amazon pays pennies on the dollar, but put enough together, and I can purchase ink samples and paper. Pens not so much.

Now when you click a link, it may take you to Amazon if it offers that product at a reasonable price. Should you decide to purchase through that link, Inkophile will earn a very small commission. If a retailer sends a product for review, the link will go to the retailer’s website. If I purchase an item, the link will go to Amazon if they carry it. If not, the link will go to someone who does or there may be a link to the manufacturer or distributor. Often that depends on which website has the best images or the most information.

Carol at Luxury Brands USA, Karen at Exaclair, and Michael at Stillman & Birn have been mentioned frequently for continuously contributing items to review, but also because I really like and use their products. A number of other companies have sent items here and there and for that I am also appreciative.

In addition there are fellow inkophiles and pen lovers who have most generously sent paper and ink thereby enabling my enabling of you to acquire some of the best of the best. Good folks all.

Unlike in a real relationship, Amazon only makes a limited commitment. I have about four months to prove Inkophile is able to create a few sales. But no worries if it doesn’t pan out. Something else will.

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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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Small And Simple Watercolor Kit

01/07/2015

This DIY watercolor kit couldn’t be easier to assemble. It is an Altoids box fitted with two plastic vitamin trays trimmed to size. Just add tube paint and off you go.

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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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