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Friends don’t let friends let the ink dry up in their fountain pens

Cleaning Fountain Pens

The other day I spent an epic amount of time flushing the dried up ink from my fountain pens. How can you avoid havingthishappen to you? Here’s a few suggestions:

1. USE THEM! 2013 was my year of the pencil which is why my fountain pens were neglected.

2. Have 1 pen that requires minimal maintenance.If you aren’t using your pens as often, try using just one.The ink in my Sailor 1911 seems to never dry out. The pen itself and its convertor are easy to clean.

3. If you are not using your pens, take the time clean them out and store them. Thankfully, this time only half of my pens required cleaning. Perhaps a calendar reminder is in order?

4. Get to know your inks. Some inks require greater effort to flush.

5. Find someone to maintain your pens for you. Has anyone started a service to flush pens yet? Someone should. (I could have asked my studio assistant to do this for me ::smacks head:: D’oh!)

Diary Entry from 1874

Denis Nealon journal page

“November 20th 1874: Dark day snowed about three inches left Murhpys shanty with Butter, Welsh & Murphy. Went to Pages Depot Bought one adze from Monshan for 50c Butter Bought for Rathbun & Son Iron, Coal, Lamps, ox chains &c, &c. Left Depot about 11 a.m. Rode with Mule team William Diamond teamster about half way to Genarouxs walked from there to Mellons and had dinner. Left about 4 p.m. for Genarouxs Met Wm McMahan at forks[?] with 58 Head Cattle bought by O’Brien. Slept at Genarouxs Shanty all night. Butter slept at James Mellons. Walked today eight miles.”

This photograph, (courtesy of Desoronto Archives on Flickr) is of the pages of an account book and diary kept by Denis Nealon and covers the period between 20 November and 28 December 1874, when Nealon was working as an accountant for Rathbun and Son. He travelled between the various shanties (lumber camps) run by the Rathbun companies, compiling their accounts and noting the weight of cattle and other goods used by the men at the camps.

You can see all of the images from this diary in this set on Flickr.

Any thoughts on the pencil used to write this entry?

Creating a Manifestation List for 2014

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The definition of resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something.”

The definition of manifestation is “an event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something, esp. a theory or an abstract idea.”

Instead of making resolutions for the new year, I make a manifestation list. I put things on the list that embody not only who I want to be (compassionate, full of energy) but also things what I want to do, like visiting the museums in NYC or taking a personal retreat. The key is to word each item on your list in a way where you are allowing yourself to think and act “as if” the thing you want already exists or has already happened. I like to start the list with something along the lines of “In 2014 I have…” or “In 2014 I…” even “In 2014 I am…”

You want to avoid using word like “want” because according to the law of attraction, (like attracting like) to declare that you “want” something keeps you “wanting” it. If I want to take a retreat in the new year, I might add it to my list as “feel great after a week in upstate New York at the retreat center.” or “attend a relaxing retreat.” Want a new job? Imagine cashing your paycheck with an air of renewed self confidence. Think about what you will pack for your daily lunch. What color sweater you will be wearing on your first day. The more real you can make it in your mind, the more likely it is to happen.

Make sense? Have you ever used creative visualization techniques such as this one?

NEW 2014 Exaclair Catalog is available to view!

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You can now take a look at the NEW 2014 Exaclair catalog and see all of the goodies coming in the new year – like the large Rhodiarama Webbbies, Landscape Webbies, Mignon Refillable Leather Journals, new colors for the Habana, Graf-It dot pads…

Which products are you most excited about? (You must KNOW that I’m excited for the large purple Webbies!)

Pinning Some Rhodia on your new iPad

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If you just got a new iPad, tablet, laptop or phone, you may or may not know about Pinterest, an extremely popular pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections. Users can upload their own content, browse other pinboards for images and “re-pin” those images to their own pinboards, or simply “like” photos that they find interesting.

We especially love discovering when fans pin their favorite Rhodia products. (Wink, wink, nudge nudge…)

Happy pinning!

A4 in America

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Did you know that the U.S., Canada and Mexico use a different system of paper sizes compared to the rest of the world? Exaclair products predominantly originate in France which utilizes the widespread international ISO 216 standard. A4 sizes were  standardized in 1975 by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) – the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. The ISO story began in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries met at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London and decided to create a new international organization ‘to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards’.

Per Wiki:  The international paper size standard, ISO 216, is based on the German DIN 476 standard for paper sizes. ISO paper sizes are all based on a single aspect ratio of square root of 2, or approximately 1:1.4142. The base A0 size of paper is defined to have an area of 1 m2. Rounded to millimetres, the A0 paper size is 841 by 1,189 millimetres (33.1 × 46.8 in).

Successive paper sizes in the series A1, A2, A3, and so forth, are defined by halving the preceding paper size across the larger dimension. The most frequently used paper size is A4 measuring 210 by 297 millimetres (8.3 × 11.7 in).

A quick look up for paper sizes can be found here. 

The image above was taken at the Haberdash Roosevelt Collection store in Chicago and is courtesy of bow tie_guy on Instagram.

Objects of Desire

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I got a call this week from a well-known men’s fashion magazine. They were looking for particular Rhodia notebooks for photo shoot called “Objects of Desire.” The editor asked for A5 and A6 orange and black Rhodia pads with top spiral and also the “classic.”

The pads will be set on a night table by the bed.  I guess for easy reach when inspiration can’t wait!

If it was up to you, what Rhodia product would you suggest to the editor?

 

 

Artist Review: Decoupage and Collage with Decopatch!

Decopatch test and Review

It always makes me happy whenever I have the opportunity to play with new art supplies. Shown above is a variety of Decopatch products (paper, brush & varnish) that Exaclair distributes within the US.

Decopatch test and Review

Decopatch papers are specifically designed for decoupage: (Per Wiki) “the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and so on. Commonly an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers. Each layer is sealed with varnishes (often multiple coats) until the “stuck on” appearance disappears and the result looks like painting or inlay work. The traditional technique used 30 to 40 layers of varnish which were then sanded to a polished finish. This was known in 18th century England as the art of Japanning after its presumed origins.” Continue Readering »

Product Review: Exacompta Basics Forum Journal and Nostalgie Cover

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Our friend Sandra Strait from the blog “Life Imitates Doodles” recently performed an in-depth review on the Exacompta Basics Forum Journal with a Nostalgie Cover. The review includes an emphasis on how the paper responds both to writing implements and various art materials. You can find the full review here.

View the available options for the Nostalgie covers here and Exacompta Forum refills here.

Other reviews of the Forum can be found at Inkophile and on my own blog, Spiritual Evolution of the Bean.

In Marina’s Bag

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Marina is from Italy but is now living in the USA. She recently sent us this photo for our “In Your Bag” Photo Page.

From Marina: “ I love my 6X9 Weekly Notebook, it has great paper that allows me to use fountain pens (my favorite). I dressed it up with a FABRICA Bookband so I always have my writing instruments available. My 3 Lamy Safari fountain pens are, of course, in the colors of the Italian flag, The white one holds J. Herbin scented violet ink (violet in color and scent :-): when I write with it it’s scent-sational!!!! And, finally, the 80g paper notepad with purple grid.”

Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Exhibition: Custom Folio by Cary Schwarz

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Cary Schwarz is a saddlemaker from Salmon, Idaho with three pieces currently on exhibit at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for their Traditional Cowboy Arts Association 15th Annual Exhibition & Sale entitled “Cowboy Crossings” The exhibit is on display from October 11 – January 5, 2014.

One of the pieces Cary is exhibiting is this folio which features a cover hand-carved in a Morning Glory motif. Cary recalls how such vines in the row crops were bad news on his childhood family farm, but they work beautifully on this notebook. The set includes a Leland Hensley rawhide-braided pen and special Rhodia paper inside.

Cary’s work has been exhibited at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Sun Valley, Idaho, the “Gathering of” exhibit at Elko, Nevada’s Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the “Trappings of the West” in Flagstaff, Arizona, “Trappings of Texas” in Alpine, and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame inaugural TCAA show in 1999.

Cowboy Crossings from National Cowboy Museum on Vimeo.

We Want Your Feedback: Clairefontaine dotGrid Graf-It Pads

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There are always lots of goodies to be found within the French Clairefontaine Catalog and the good folks at Exaclair (The North American distributors of Clairefontaine, Rhodia, J. Herbin, etc.) have their work cut out for them when deciding which products to import from France. I find it almost painful to flip through page after page of what I refer to as “The Big Book” screaming like a young Veruca Salt “I want that! and that! and THAT! I want that and I want it NOW!”

*Ahem.* (Taking a moment to calm my composure.) So what do you think of these new Clairefontaine ‘Graf it’ Pads? Would you buy them?

Translated from the French Clairefontaine catalogue:

Graph It Dot Grid stapled pad is the perfect companion! Simple, modern & very practical. 80 sheets of white drawing 90gmm PEFC paper with pre-printed lilac light dots. The light geometric dot matrix is used as a skillful guide for your sketches, technical drawings or note taking. This subtle matrix will become almost invisible at scan, or on photocopy to reveal only your sketch.

Dot Grid
160 pages / 80 sheets
90gsm / 41lb white paper
Available in A4 & A5

Keeping an Exercise Log

Rhodia Unlimited Cover

Do you keep a log to record your physical activities? How many miles you ran or biked, hours spent working out at the gym, new yoga poses learned… How does this help you? Does seeing it on paper keep you motivated?

Keep an Exercise Log to Record Your Daily Activity at Dummies.com

Why You Should Keep a Workout Journal at WeightWatchers.com

How to keep an Exercise Diary at Weightloss.com.au

Why Keeping an Exercise Journal Helps Keep You Motivated and Involved at Yahoo Voices

Top 5 Reasons to Try Life Noted for Free

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On the fence about another digital app that says it will make your life easier but fails to deliver?

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should try Life Noted for free today and how we plan on making journaling and planning digitally as rewarding and fun as on paper.

  1. Life Noted had a unique Today View lets you see all of your notes, photos, videos and events for that day all on one screen.
  2. Syncs with iCal and all supported calendars. Paired with our note taking feature to create an all in one stop for jotting down ideas and planning out your days, weeks and months.
  3. Search all notes and events by keyword and never lose an important idea or appointment again.
  4. By merging calendaring, journaling, organizing, photo and video apps you can have everything in one place and stop juggling multiple apps.
  5. With our intuitive Month View you can plan ahead accurately and easily. Borders around dates for all day and multi-day events for quick identification. Special feature that allows you to highlight selected calendars to show up in the Month View in a shade of blue so you never forget an important upcoming event again.

Clean and easy to use Life Noted will make recording, retrieving and remembering simple again.

Try it today for free on the App Store.

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