Category: Good Reads

What fountain pen ink should I choose for my new fountain pen?

A good write up over at Writer’s Bloc touches on the wide range of options available to fountain pen users.

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A good every day use brand that I have been happy with is made by Private Reserve.  Velvet Black and DC Supershow Blue have been my favorites for a good go-to black and blue ink and is typically what I will include with one of our fountain pens.  I’ve also had a lot of fun with Copper Burst in some of our demonstrators as people find that they get more creative when a unique color is at their disposal.  Private Reserve ink is available in either bottled or cartridge and is relatively inexpensive if you’re just starting out.

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If you’re looking to move up to more advanced inks, jump over to the Writer’s Bloc blog post to read a more on how to choose an ink that fits your needs.

 

 

Digital artwork still starts with a pen and paper

Some of the best digital design artists don’t even touch a computer until the concept has been flushed out with good ol’ fashioned pen and paper.  Steve Gibbs of Gibbs Design is one such artist.  Sitting down with a sketch book to lay down some quick design ideas akin to a web designer working with wire frames.  You just don’t know what works until you’ve explored ideas.

Some of the initial sketching shows a few concepts.  After talking with him we decided to focus more on the textual logo as it would lend itself better to marketing, letter heads, and overall brand message.

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Next up is a rough rendering of a text only logo.  This became the spring board for where we wanted to go.  The hand written feel was more in line with our vision and I gave him the go to run with it and see where it went.

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Then came a more refined sketch with enough tweaks to really start focusing on the small details.

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And finally it was time to start putting it all together on a computer.  One of the final renditions shows the addition of the nib that allows us to have an identifiable logo in small spaces where the full logo wouldn’t be practical.  Think blog and forum avatars, stamped on pen parts, etc…  What many miss though is also one of my favorite additions.  The FoP initials have been designed into the nib in such a way that the o and p form the breather hole and channel of the nib.  Nice touch!

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Designing on paper allows you to quickly visualize a concept and work with the best parts of each and throw out what you don’t like in the most efficient way possible.  The process of creating the Fisher of Pens logo worked this way.  As Steve drew ideas I was able to say I liked or disliked a direction.  Once we fine tuned a design on paper that worked, only then it was time to hit the computer with a goal in mind.

The result is a polished and well thought out design with the least amount of wasted effort in the digital domain.

Always keep a notebook, journal, or sketch book and a good pen or pencil on hand because you never know when or where inspiration will strike.

Pens and journals go together like peas and carrots

As Forest would say, “we was like peas and carrots”

The more I craft pens, the deeper I find myself in the world of stationary.  From handmade coptic bound journals purchased from etsy artists to a good ol’ composition book from staples.  Some find their way onto our show table to allow others to sample our pens, while many more seem to find their way into my daily use as anything from a work log to just general musings.

Along those lines I ran across a link in Writing Instruments Daily to a nice little blog called Notebook Stories: A Blog About Notebooks, Journals, Moleskines, Blank Books, Sketchbooks, Diaries and More

Stop over and have a look.  Great reviews and insight into the world of bound goodies.