Makin’ a list

It’s gotten so crazy at work in the past couple weeks, I had to make a list of the blog posts I want to do but haven’t had time yet. So, I thought I’d share them with you…like a preview.

Coming soon!

(in case you’re curious, this is Levenger green ink on Moleskine cream blank notebook paper and was written with my Kaweco fountain pen. For more of my office supply geekiness, check out The Well-Appointed Desk.)


Jet Pens Stash Enhancement

aquash sample

tools from jet pensHave I mentioned how much I love JetPens? In my latest acquisitions, I scored an entire rainbow of green pens, lots of Hi-Tec C variations (Coleto Multi-Pens and Hybrid Technica 2) and some other assorted goodies. Above is a sketch using the Aquash Watercolor crayons and brush set. The colors are very vibrant and the watercolor brush is a nicely compact size. At the bottom of the page is a pen test/doodle page using some of the great new pens.

I think pens and other drawing tools are to art what books are to young readers ā€“ it doesn’t matter what they read, as long as they’re reading. So the adage for art must be “It doesn’t matter what tool you use, as long as it means your drawing.” Amen to that.

More images of my JetPens stash can be found in my Flickr JetPens tag.

[Thanks to Lily at JetPens for setting me up with such great stuff!]

Doodle day


My Pen Love Knows No Bounds

I finally took the time and effort to take one of my vintage Esterbrook fountain pens to the local pen shop to have it cleaned and fixed up. This particular pen is my favorite Esterbrook as it is the only “ladies” pen (officially called a double jewel purse pen) so it is very small and delicate. Its a beautiful red color too. After a week at the shop, the feed is fixed and everything is all cleaned up. The shop had let me dip it into a blue ink while I was there to test it out and it was such a beautiful color of blue. I wish I had looked to see what color it was, maybe Private Reserve Sonic Blue?

esterbrook pen test


Little Knitted Treats

treatsandtreasures-patterns.jpgMarieke Berghuis Leewens of Treats and Treasures is a Dutch design and doodler who posts pages of her sketchbook daily. I find these peeks into her world and her inspiration fun and interesting. What really sold me was her collection of free knitting patterns. The patterns themselves are not particularly innovative but the photography and her sense of subtle, distinguished colors shows simple knits to their best advantage with great, little details like brooches and ribbons.

Links to the patterns are along the right hand side of the page. She has even handwritten some of her patterns as if they started out as just notes to herself that she decide to share with friends. Thanks, Marieke!




Today, Maura and I cracked open our order of pens from JetPens. We each purchased four new Pentel Hi-Tech C 0.3 gel ink pens and then split three packages of Souffle pens. Then we each sat and doodled and tried out the different colors. I bought the Hi-Tech C in Tomato Red, Muscat, Brown and Turquoise Green and Maura bought the Blue Black, Seer Blue, Yellow Ochre and a Muscat too. Sadly, the Muscat was the least favorite color because it is so light. The Brown, which is a rich chocolate color and the Blue Black were our surprising favorites. The Tomato Red is a lovely clear red and also won us over. Sadly, the Turquoise was very light and kind of a dull color (not bright at all).

Please don’t compare my sketch with Maura’sā€“ hers is light-years better than mine! And tres robot-y!

The sketch below was done on the paper in my Circa notebook. Bob cut down some excess white textured text weight stock that he had at the shop for me to use in my Circa and then I hole-punched it with my industrial Circa hole punch. I really like the paper he cut for me but I don’t remember what kind of stock it was other than that it is commercial fine printing paper.


I promise to photograph the notebook in all its glory later along with how successful I’ve been implementing the GTD/Circa system.