“7 year old AJ writing with a pen that was manufactured when her grandparents were children. Esterbrook J series.”
In a time where children are bombarded with a billion different distractions every day, it warms my heart to see this young girl patiently putting nib to paper.
Did you know that the famous Disney artist Carl Barks was an enthusiastic user of Esterbrook pens? He particularly used a Nº 356 model to ink and letter his famous Donald Duck comic-book pages. (Per Wiki)
“…I drew direct onto the drawing paper with a Scripto light blue pencil, and inked with a 356 Esterbrook pen. My wife inked the dialogue with an A-5 or B-6 Speedball, and blacked the solid areas with a #2 sable brush.”
Interested in Esterbrook fountain pens? Check this out: Esterbrook.net
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While I was working with cadmium orange paint yesterday, I began to wonder whether or not the color of our signature Rhodia orange covers has a specific name of its own. I will check with Karen Doherty, the marketing VP for Exaclair and report back my findings.
In the meantime, would you like to try and guess the official name of Rhodia orange?
Little Rhodia pads are perfect for flip animation, don’t you think? The N° 10 is 2×3″ and the Nº 11 is 3×4″. The graph ruling helps the artist guide the drawing from one page to the next.
The first flip book appeared in September, 1868, when it was patented by John Barnes Linnett under the name kineograph (“moving picture”). A flip book is a book with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion or some other change. (Per Wiki)
Want to make your own flip book? Instructions can be found on Wired how-to.
Therapy can be costly, and our friends aren’t always available or capable of holding space for us- while our notebooks and journals stand ever ready to serve. I first started journaling in 2005 and can now look back and see how valuable writing was to my growth process.
In the book “The Artists Way“, author Julia Cameron describes a practice she calls “Morning Pages” in which you regularly dump the junk out of your mind and into your journal – effectively freeing up space for clearer thinking.
In “Dark Side of the Light Chasers” Debbie Ford says, “Journaling is a good tool to help process your emotions. It encourages whatever comes into your mind to flow out onto the paper. It allows the emotional toxicity in our bodies and minds to express itself freely. Once we can grant this toxicity being and allow it to exist without judgment it will be released.”
I wrote with great consistency from 2008-2011, yet very little in 2012. Things picked up in 2013 but not as much as I would like. Lately, I’ve been thinking more and more about writing and am ready to once again make regular time for it.
Do you have a regular writing habit? Do you make time to “dump the junk?” Is this a process that has proved valuable for you?
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Rhodia Meeting Book at Office Supply Geek
J. Herbin Encre Rouge Ink Review at The Pen Addict
Preventing Hand Fatigue During Long Writing Sessions at Pentorium
More on Finishing Notebooks at Notebook Stories
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – White Body, Black M Nib at No Pen Intened
Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Marker at A Penchant for Paper
Review of the Clairefontaine Calligraphy Pad at Life Imitates Doodles
15 Quick and Dirty Writing Tips at Writing Forward
Faber-Castell brings two new colors to the affordable Loom lineup at Fountain Pen Geeks
Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules of Writing at Brain Pickings
Review: Rhodia No. 18 Uni-Blank Pad at The Well Appointed Desk
Sketchbook Exercises at Nordljus
Family Connection — Another Reason To Write Our Memories at Writing Through Life
Faber-Castell Loom Fountain Pen at Write to Me Often
Intro to the Monteverde Impressa Fountain Pen at Ink Nouveau
Rotring 800 0.5mm Pencil Review at Ed Jelley
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While I probably own at least half a dozen manual pencil sharpeners, I am always misplacing them. When I do find one, it’s usually the one that consistently chews the point off my pencil requiring me to re-sharpen them again and again leaving me with half the pencil I started with. I have a really awesome electric sharpener in my studio but I always seem to forget my pencils at home. I also have an older battery-operated unit which doesn’t seem to have the gusto (chewing power) that it once had which probably should be retired.
Do you have a favorite tried and true pencil sharpener? What brand? I may be looking for a new one… (I keep eyeballing those retro glass sharpeners by Alvin- especially the red one.)
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What are your thoughts on using fountain pens as highlighters? Do you use them in textbooks or while talking notes? As fountain pen inks are water based and typically not permanent, I’m curious to hear about your experiences using one fountain pen ink over top of another.
Have you ever used any of J. Herbin’s inks as highlighters? Bouton D’ Or maybe?
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Did you know that crossword puzzles have a relatively short history? Per Wiki: On December 21, 1913, Arthur Wynne, a journalist from Liverpool, England, published a “word-cross” puzzle in the New York World that embodied most of the features of the genre as we know it. This puzzle is frequently cited as the first crossword puzzle, and Wynne as the inventor. Later, the name of the puzzle was changed to “crossword”.
Are you a fan of crossword puzzles? Do you have a favorite?
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Do you think it’s the pen, the hand, or a combination of the two that results in the tiniest handwriting?
Is your handwriting this small, or smaller?
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When is the last time you put pen to paper and wrote a letter to a friend? No friends to write to? How about a pen pal? Pen pals are people who regularly write to each other, most specifically via postal or “snail” mail.
These sites will help you to find people to write to all from over the world:
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We’ve received several requests for plain paged notebooks. Most recently, this message from a Turkish university student and self-proclaimed “stationery nerd”:
“We university students love and buy and use plain paged notebooks, buy most companies do not have paper as qualified as yours. We want to use Rhodia’s quality papered notebooks, and we want them to be plain paged please.”
We’ve also heard specific requests for spiral bound plain paged books – which is one product I’d swipe up in a heartbeat.
Are you a fan of unruled paper? Do you use it primarily for writing, sketching, or a combination of both?
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Earlier today I was trying to draw with a fountain pen on a drawing pad which boasts “excellent tooth”. This was not a good match at all. Had I been using pencils, charcoal or pastels, it would have been perfect but the delicate fountain pen nib (which admittedly was not flowing as well as it should) was extra annoyingly scratchy on this surface.
My drawing preference (with pencils etc.) is a paper with at least a little bit of tooth. My writing preference with any device (fountain pen, pencil, etc.,) is smooth but not too smooth. I want the pen to flow but not skate recklessly across the surface.
What is Your Preferred Paper Surface Texture?
Fountain pen ink is water based. Depending on how a particular brand of paper is made, this type of ink may feather on the surface or bleed through to the other side. Clairefontaine (the parent company of Rhodia) manufactures their own paper in France and their 80g-90g paper products are very well known for being fountain pen friendly. It is this feature that continues to attract many people to our products.
Did you come to discover Rhodia products in this way? Are you a fountain pen user?
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At first I thought I was seeing things, but the two pencils on the left are indeed bent. I’d never seen that before, have you? The colored pencil 2nd from the left had been bent for a while and I’d figured it was simply an anomaly but when I found the second one which was a regular graphite pencil of a different brand, I quickly looked through all the rest of the pencils sitting out in my studio to see if any others were affected. (They weren’t). As each of these two were fairly inexpensive pencils, I wondered if the reason they bent had to do with the kind of wood used to make them. (For what it’s worth, the air in my studio is very dry.)
10 Words Often Misspelled in Business Correspondence at Daily Writing Tips
A Steel Pen The Most Odious Thing in Nature at Palimpsest
15 Postcards from Famous Authors at Flavorwire
How To-Do Lists Give Us a False Sense of Accomplishment at Lifehacker
Quaker Journals and Diaries via Haverford College
Pencils: Shortened and Well-Utilized at Pencil Revolution
25 Common Phrases Everyone Thinks Are Correct at Lifehack
Early 20th Century Police Detective Log Book and Daily Duties at Cowan’s Auctions
Art Journal Every Day: Started & Finsihed at Balzer Designs
Working With Mistakes and Imperfections in the Art Journal at A Penchant for Paper
Handwriting Day Follow-Up at The Well-Appointed Desk
How to Choose a GTD Tool at GTD Times
Writing With You! at Cold Antler Farm
Too Many Inked Fountain Pens at Inkophile
A Writing Process Makes Your Writing Better at Writing Forward
Artisanal Pencil Sharpening at Rad and Hungry
Three Brothers at Contrapuntalism
Writing in Isolation: Prison Memoir at Pentamento
Lamy Pur Fountain Pen – Aluminum Smooth – EF Nib at No Pen Intended
Traces of graphite – Don Rosa at Bleistift
Rotring Fountain Pens part III at Write to Me Often
Les crayons de la maison Caran d’Ache, Edition No. 2 at PencilTalk
From Memories to Memoirs, Part 1 at Writing Through Life