Wanna swap?

pens to swap

Originally uploaded by sugaroni

I have a small selection of Jet Pens acquisitions that I’d be willing to swap with a fellow pen geek. I have only used them long enough to establish that they are not for me. They all work great but weren’t exactly what I wanted for one reason or another.

From left to right:

  1. Pilot Frixion erasable highlighter in green
  2. Pentel Hybrid Gel Grip in opaque white
  3. Platinum Preppy fountain pen (black)
  4. Zebra Sarasa 3+S multi-pen (red, blue, black ink and mechanical pencil with eraser under cap)
  5. Pilot Choose 07 white gel

Pick one or more and be willing to send me an equal number of pens. I may have more to post later. Drop me an email or FM me on Flickr.


Pandas + Jet Pens = LOVE!

About a week ago I was overcome with an uncontrollable urge to order new pens from Jet Pens. I wanted nothing but green pens (green being my favorite color). So, at 6am in the morning I ordered a mess of pens. As soon as they arrived, I absolutely had to test them out. So I drew pandas wearing glasses. I used a standard Moleskine notebook, not the sketchbook, so the ink does bleed through with the heavier pens (like the Vpen disposable fountain pen).

I love writing notes and doodling with the colored pens and the erasable highlighter really is erasable, but I have a feeling the nice metallic body drawing pencil will get the most regular use. I sure love to play with the others, though!

Green Pens from Jet Pens

From upper left: Pilot FriXion Erasable Highlighter; Uni-ball Signo DX UM-151 Gel Ink Pen – New Colors – 0.38 mm – Lime Green; Pilot Color Eno Mechanical Pencil – 0.7 mm – Green Body – Green Lead; Zebra Sarasa Gel Ink Pen – 0.4 mm – Olive Green; Pilot BeGreen Precise V5 Roller Ball Pen – 0.5 mm; Pentel Slicci Gel Ink Pen – 0.4 mm – Lime Green Ink; Pilot Vpen Disposable Fountain Pen – Fine Nib; and Ohto Cute Mechanical Pencil – 0.5 mm (metallic green body).


Making a fine point

Inspection of Collections

I got my new stash of Jet Pens! Unlike The Pen Addict, I do not stick to a particular color or style of pen. I am all over the map ā€“ pens for writing, pens for lettering, pens for drawing… I love them all. In this batch, the pen I completely fell in love with was the UniBall Pocket Brush Pen (third from the left in the photo). It has a rigid almost rubber tip that is more durable than the standard fiber-based brush pens. The color is rich and dense and the crisp tip creates a great range of line weights on various paper stocks.

In the photo above, from left to right: UniBall Signo Bit, UniBall Signo DX in brown black, UniBall Pocket Brush pen, Ohto Pocket Brush Pen, Preppy Fountain Pen in black and the Zebra Sarasa 3+S multi-pen.

UniBall Pocket Brush drawing

This doodle was drawn with the UniBall Pocket Brush (fine) while the DVD we were watching last night was paused, waiting for Bob to finish making tea. Great drawing pen!


Pen Addiction Strikes Again

In honor of the Pen Addict, I thought I’d go public with my latest order with JetPens:

1 x Uni-ball Pocket Brush Pen – Fine
1 x Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen – Black Ink
1 x Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Multi Pen Ink Cartridge – 0.3 mm – Violet
1 x Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Multi Pen Ink Cartridge – 0.4 mm – Apple Green
1 x Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Multi Pen Ink Cartridge – 0.4 mm – Baby Pink
1 x Zebra Sarasa Color Gel Ink Multi Pen + Pencil – White Body
1 x Uni-ball Signo DX UM-151 Gel Pen – 0.38 mm – Brown Black
1 x Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for Calligraphy Refill Cartridge

This feels like the start of an official penaholics anonymous. “Hello, my name is Ana and I am a penaholic. I order enough pens from Jet Pens today to qualify for free shipping.” “Hello, Ana!”

I’m really excited to try the Zebra Sarasa Multi pen; it has three ink colors AND a mechanical pencil in one handy unit. Perfect for drawing, writing and crossword puzzles.

The key to a good JetPens order is to keep your shopping visits to no more than once a month or you’ll go broke and to always stock-up so that you spend at least $25 which qualifies your order for free shipping. Now, if JetPens knows how happy it will make me, they’ll try to get my order here by next Wednesday… it’s my birthday! Nothing better than new pens on your birthday.


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




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.


Monday Lettering Practice

Today, I worked with my new Mitchell left-handed nib (size 6). I ordered a full set of Mitchell lefty nibs (which I requested include the reservoirs which don’t fit at all and I’ve been meaning to contact John Neal to ask what happened) as well as a full set of Brause left-handed nibs which have reservoirs that fit but are considerably stiffer nibs.

I do have a lot more control of line thickness with the lefty nibs so I’ll continue to experiment with them over the next couple of weeks.


Lettering practice

Madeline gave me a cool vintage nib holder (printed with “City National Bank & Trust Co. 18th & Grand Ave. Kansas City, MO”) for Christmas and while I was waiting for my computer to behave, I did a little practice. The nib is stuck in the holder so all I can read engraved on it is “717”. Its a pretty stiff nib. It was basically unused so I should get quite a bit of mileage out of it before I have to destroy the nib to get it out of the holder. I’ll post photos of the actual nib holder on Flickr.