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Washi Tape (I Just Don’t Understand Some Things About Myself)

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Looking at Noodler’s Polar Brown


Left: A quick sketch of Gert (my rubber chicken puppet) using Noodler's Polar Brown Ink (notice that I wrote "Polar Bear Brown" on this page because my label was already obscured and I wasn't sure of the title; read more about this below). This is on the last page of my current, until this page early this morning, journal, which I made with Nideggen paper. I filled a Niji waterbrush with the ink and sketched with that. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Read on for more details

I'm still on the fence about Noodler's. Dick has used it for years in his fountain pens. He carries several pens with different colors to take notes and draw diagrams in his work journals which detail all the "science" stuff he's doing. He's been happy with it.

When I try it I have been less happy. It doesn't flow the way I want it to flow, or it isn't waterproof on the paper I'm using it on (a problem of the paper's sizing I'm guessing because the inks I've tried are advertised as waterproof on cellulose).

But I'm always looking at inks and yesterday I noticed that Wet Paint now had a whole shelf of Noodler's inks in a range of yummy colors. The inks don't all have the same characteristics (as to lightfastness and water resistance) so you have to choose carefully for your intended purpose.


Pentel’s Slicci Pen: Lightfast Test

Left: the control (A) and the exposed test sheet (B), for the Slicci pen. (Paper Velin Arches holds up really well to exposure folks!) Read below for comments. Last November I wrote a review of the Pentel Slicci Pen. I know it's an office type pen but it did have some interesting characteristics and I […]


It’s Not Waterproof until It’s Waterproof


Above: An ink-test page from my current journal which uses Velin Arches (formerly Arches Text Wove) for text paper. I was concerned about bleeding ink lines with pens usually dependable in their waterproof qualities. (My rubber chicken puppet Gert is always willing to be a test subject.) The page size is approximately 6.5 x 8.5 inches. The right side of the page spread didn't fit on the scanner, but it isn't crucial. The page tab in the center of the spread is from a page I removed when I started the journal; something I do to make room for eventual collaged items. Click on the image to see an enlargement.

So is it bad Karma or the phases of the moon, or more likely the change in humidity as the earth gives up the last of the melting snow moisture into the air? And of course one can’t discount manufacturing tweaks and changes in the products and papers used. But whatever is causing “the change” in how my pens have been working on Velin Arches the last two weeks, it has made me out of sorts. My favorite waterproof pens have been bleeding when I paint over the ink lines.


The Bigger Brush Pen from Faber Castell


Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens have always had a brush tip variant. These pens come in a wide range of colors (some packaged as sets: landscape, manga). They are lightfast, waterproof, acid free and a favorite of a lot of people.

Well they are out now in a larger size: Faber Castell Pitt Artist Big Brush. All the same wonderful colors available in the original line are available in the larger size. The image at the top of this post shows the relative line quality/size of the two pens. You can see the large tip really is quite a bit larger and allows you to do some fat lines if you work on the side of the tip (as shown on the right side of the image).


The “Preppy Pen”



Left: The Preppy Pen shown with a Staedtler Pigment Liner for barrel size comparison.

I like to write with a fountain pen. When I was a student in Australia we were required to work with them; some sort of idea of penmanship improvement I guess. I spent my early teen years with ink-stained fingers.

I have several good pens given to me by my father—who always had a fountain pen stand on his home office desk. I don't use the expensive ones much any more because I'm always experimenting with inks and I would hate to lose one while sketching out in a field somewhere (especially since I no longer have a tracking dog to find it for me). I keep less expensive pens around for the experiments. Also, some of the more expensive pens don't fit my hand.


Eureka Saunders Waterford 90 lb. HOT PRESS

The above paper is not what the title announces as the topic for this post, read on to see why I posted it. An intrepid blog reader, Carol, has written in to share her discovery of Saunders Waterford 90 lb. Hot Press watercolor paper with us. Thank you Carol! I really appreciate it. Maybe I […]


Interview with Roz

Danny Gregory’s interview of Roz Stendahl. Discussion of art materials and visual journaling


Not Your Father’s Casebound Journal

Not Your Father’s Casebound Journal. On
Saturday, November 1; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m; Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN. A 7 x 5 3/4 inch journal suitable for wet and dry media.

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