Recap: Sketchnotes Workshop with Mike Rohde

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Saturday, I attended an all-day workshop with Mike Rohde, author of The Sketchnote Handbook. The workshop had been organized by the Kansas City Coffee & Design group and held at the Sprint Accelerator space. I didn’t actually count the number of attendees but there was probably about 40 people in attendance, some who had traveled from as far away as Omaha to attend the workshop.

Sketchontes & tools

I did my sketchnotes in my Midori Traveler’s Notebook with a Magic rainbow pencil, Sai Watercolor markers and a Sharpie pen.

If you’re not familiar with Mike Rohde and his sketchnote revolution, I’ll try to distill it down but your best option would be to visit his web site or the Sketchnote Army site or, of course, purchasing his books. The idea behind sketchnoting is that simple drawings, bold lettering, icons and symbols can help improve your note-taking and thereby improve your understanding and memory retention from a lecture, class, presentation or meeting.

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During the workshop, Mike elaborated on the techniques included in the sketchnotes Handbook and we got to see him create his symbols, lettering and other techniques live.

Mike at the podium

As the workshop progressed, we learned that sketchnoting can also be used for documenting personal notes like travel, recipes and journaling. Mike’s teaching style is relaxed and approachable and made it easy for everyone to feel like they could accomplish sketchnoting.

Workin on the whiteboard

The attendees of the workshop came from a broad array of professions. I met designers, human resources specialists, educators, interior designers, and even a physician who works at a teaching hospital. Everyone was excited to take the knowledge they learned back to their colleagues, students and co-workers.

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Sketchnotes notes by Sarah Taylor.

If you have a chance to attend one of Mike Rohde’s workshops or lectures, I highly recommend it.

If you already have The Sketchnote Handbook, I would recommend picking up a copy of the advanced techniques book, The Sketchnote Workbook. I got a chance to flip through the book at the workshop and have ordered a copy for myself. Its more techniques for sketchnoting and ideas and tips for bringing sketchnoting into all your written work. Peachpit Press has a 35% off coupon code right now too — POP35 so you can get a great deal on some great books!

I did a short Periscope from the Sketchnotes Workshop that a few people caught. If I get a rally in the comments, I might be persuaded to repost it on YouTube.

Sketchonotes Workshop Giveaway

Oh, one last thing… I have two extra notebooks and stickers from the event that I would like to give away to readers. I’ll even throw in the pens! The notebooks were generously provided by my favorite local art supply store Artist & Craftsman and were produced by Shizen Design, a local KC paper company. Leave a comment below to be entered.


FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Thursday, September 3, 2015. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Friday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. US residents only please.

Fashionable Friday: Be Like Mike (Rohde, that is)

Fashoinable Friday: Be Like Mike

Today’s Fashionable Friday is inspired by Mike Rohde, and having had an opportunity to peek into Mike’s daily carry supplies, I thought I would give you a peek. So you, too, can be like Mike.

  • Premium Horween Money Clip Wallet $79 (via Mitchell Leather)
  • In the custom leather cover is Mike’s Hobonichi Techo ¥2700 (via 1101)
  • Sassafrass 5-Pen Bi-Fold in the now-discontinued Mandarin/Mango colorway $20 (via NockCo)
  • Lamy AL-Star in CopperOrange (via JetPens or Pen Chalet)
  • Pencil Digital Stylus in Walnut ($59) & Graphite ($49) (via 53)
  • Retro 51 Stealth Pen (available in a pen and pencil set via Goldspot Pens for $46.95)
  • Baron Fig Confidant $16 (via Baron Fig)
  • BetaBook with Neuland fineOne whiteboard marker $30 (via Betabook)

(Illustration of Mike Rohde is from the awesome Renee Andriani’s sketchnotes from today’s Coffee & Design lecture. And I’m not just saying that because she used to be my manager.)

Recap: Mike Rohde Coffee & Design Lecture

Mike Rohde Sketchnotes Lecture

I just wanted to put a quick post up about the lecture hosted by the Kansas City Coffee & Design group. Today’s lecture was Mike Rohde of The Sketchnote Handbook fame discussing how Sketchnotes evolved and a brief overview of the technique.

There is a full day workshop tomorrow so I’ll have lots more to share then.

If you’re in KC and want to attend the workshop tomorrow, here’s a discount code for $15 off the entry fee: FRIDAY.

(Sketchnotes by Renee Andriani)

(Sketchnotes by Renee Andriani)

(my sketchnotes from the lecture this morning)

(my sketchnotes from the lecture this morning)

Link Love: Loving All Things Stationery!

This week's art for Link Love comes from Tessa at All Things Stationery. To find more of Tessa's great photography, check out her blog, Instagram or Twitter feeds. The items are (this could take a while…): Magic Pen, CP-10 Coloured Pencil Eraser, MT Tape (slash green), e+m black ruler, Matte black drawing pins by Nomess Copenhagen, Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen and Kaweco cartridge, Maste Cosmic Galaxy Washi tape (seen side on), 2 x vintage erasers, and some old baking string. allthingsstationery.co.uk, my twitter @tessasowry and my instagram @allthingsstationery

This week’s art for Link Love comes from Tessa at All Things Stationery. To find more of Tessa’s great photography, check out her blog, Instagram or Twitter feeds. The items are (this could take a while…): Magic Pen, CP-10 Coloured Pencil Eraser, MT Tape (slash green), e+m black ruler, Matte black drawing pins by Nomess Copenhagen, Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen and Kaweco cartridge, Maste Cosmic Galaxy Washi tape (seen side on), 2 x vintage erasers, and some old baking string.

There were two big topics covered in the penblogosphere this week: the TiScribe Pen and the TWSBI Eco. Here’s the highlights:

TiScribe:

TWSBI Eco:

Pens:

Pencils:

Paper & Notebooks:

Ink:

Planning & Organizers:

Art & Calligraphy:

Other Interesting Things:

(Shoutout to Elwin for Medium link and to Bob for the Wired article!)


Submit your Link love art: To be the featured artist on an upcoming Link Love, write, draw, photograph, or doodle an original “Link Love” image. It can be lettering, calligraphy, your own interpretation of Link or anything else you think might relate to the weekly list of pen/pencil-centric blog links. Email your submission to me at chair @ wellappointeddesk.com. Please include any link information you’d like in the image credit (your name, Twitter handle, Instagram, blog, etc). Also include any information about inks, tools, paper, etc used in your creation. Please let me know that I have permission to publish your work in Link Love and that the image is your original piece.

Winner, Winner, Shin-Kai Dinner!

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Woo! There’s a lot of love for the Pilot Iroshizuku Mini Ink sets but only one winner this time….

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Well, there you go, Louie! I’ll send you an email to arrange shipping and congratulations! I hope you enjoy the inks! And thanks to everyone who entered.

The Desk Set: Posh & Parisian

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I found two lovely desks this week. The first is a unique purple and gold accented desk that has a vintage-luggage-meets-modern sensibility. I love all the geometric patterns in the room.

(photo via Habitually Chic)

The second is a lovely, wood roll-top desk mixed with a bright, mid-century chair for an eclectic look. Of course, its from a home in Paris. Parisians have an innate ability to mix and match everything for a perfect blend of chic and lived-in.

Ask The Desk: Good, Cheap Pencils

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Don asks:

I read your review of the Mirado Black Warrior, where you mentioned that there were much better pencils for very little more money. Can you tell me what these would be? I work in an elementary school, where we usually stock up on gross boxes of relatively cheap pencils, so the Black Warriors have been something I pick up when they are on sale for my own stash. I am not so sure that the Black Warriors haven’t changed a bit with the various company mergers and acquisitions, but I can’t say for sure. And I just bought 12 dozen for 12 dollars on Amazon; I’m not sure why the price was so low. But I do understand that they usually sell for $3 or $3.50 a box of 12, so I know that your comparisons would be based on this price. Thanks for any information/opinions you can share.

I did a little comparison shopping but at 12 dozen for $12, that’s a hard deal to beat. However, I find the Mirado Black Warriors to be a bit dark and soft, especially for kids. Pencils.com offers some of the Prospector, Forest Choice and Golden Bear pencils in a gross. But they are more than twice than the sale-priced Mirados.

I also really like the General Pencil Company but their site lists only 3 doz. pencils at a time for about $24 which is much more expensive than those Mirados as well.

Papermate Mirado Black Warrior

So I decided I needed to consult the experts at the Erasable podcast for their insights.

Andy Welfle said:

I do think that the Black Warriors have changed a bit, for the worse, in the last few years. Of course, I really dislike Paper Mate, I think they cheapen everything they make, and when they acquire good quality brands and start putting their logo on stuff, it also accompanies standards being lowered.

But that’s just, like, my opinion, man.

(Meaning: I’ve never really done any sort of comparison, so that statement is not scientific by any means.)

As for the cheapness, I’m willing to bet that if he wanted to buy in bulk, Amazon would be the way to go. I’m sure those pencils cost nothing to make, so if he’s cutting out the big-box store middleman by shopping direct on Amazon, he’s cutting out their profit needs.

I’ll defer to Tim (Wasem) on what the best pencil to buy for students might be, since he’s going through that right now, but I’d heartily recommend the Golden Bears. They’re super good quality for the price. It’s definitely still more expensive than the Mirado, but damn, they’re worth it. 😀

And Johnny Gamber said:

Hey, Comrades!
The Blackwarrior is a strange beast. While the finish, country of origin and even the wood have become…PaperMated, the core/lead is very nice. But I think Ana’s right that it might be soft for students, and office paper shreds that point.
For cheap bulk school pencils, I’d hit Walmart right now and stock up on their big boxes of USA Gold pencils, even the USA Silver. For the price and ease of getting them, they are hard to beat.
Happy Back to School!

Unfortunately, Tim was unavailable for comment. He must be busy sharpening all those Palomino HBs he’s got squirreled away.


Do you have a pressing pen, paper, pencil, ink or other stationery item issue? Use the “Ask The Desk” link in the navigation bar to send in your questions!

Fashionable Friday: Planners & Calendars

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Lots of shops and brands are offering 16- and 17-month calendars and planners so that you can start to get organized today and don’t have to wait until 2016. And boy, are some of them beautiful! How do you pick just one?

  • Lamy Safari Fountain Pen in Coral $29.60 (via Pen Chalet)
  • 2015-2016 Brushstroke Gold Foil Hidden Spiral Planner $36.95 (via Paper Source)
  • 2016 17-Month “Quick and Curious” Medium Agenda $30 (via Kate Spade)
  • Caran d’Ache 849 Pen, 100 Year Edition $53.00 (via Pencils.com)
  • Wild Confetti Large Agenda $28 (via Lilly Pulitzer)
  • 2015-2016 Polka Dot Academic Planner $15 (via Amazon)
  • Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine $24 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Kate Spade Gem Erasers Set $21.99 (via The Organizing Store)
  • Ban.do Classic Agenda Ring Leader $29 (via Amazon)
  • Lamy Studio Fountain Pen in Imperial Blue €55 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Fisher Bullet Pen in Classic Lacquered Brass $21.95 (via Goldspot Pens)
  • 2015-2016 Paint Chip Calendar $24.95 (via Paper Source)
  • Midori Dachshund D-Clips, Box of 12 for $5.50 (via JetPens)
  • Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji Ink $28 (via JetPens)

While I’m talking about planners, the 2016 Frankie planner and Wall Calendar are currently available for pre-order right now. It ALWAYS sells out and is a favorite with beautiful printed pages and lovely cloth covers. If that’s something you might want,order yours now and it will ship in October from Australia.

Other goodies:
Pen Chalet is currently having a Back-To-School sale. Save an extra 10% off your order with the coupon code SCHOOL10, good until Monday.

Goldspot Pens has 2016 refills for Filofax. Order yours today so you won’t get caught empty-handed.

Giveaway: Pilot Iroshizuku Mini Ink Set (compliments of JetPens)

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Big thanks to JetPens for the chance to giveaway a set of 3 mini bottles of Pilot Iroshiizuku. I love these little mini bottles and the 3-bottle sets come in a great little box. Our little gift to you! You can choose between Set A, Set B, or Set C.

What do you have to do? Just leave me a comment and tell me which set you would want and why. Easy peasy.

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FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Sunday, August 23, 2015. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Monday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. US residents only please. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money.

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News: Creative Types on Their Favorite Tools

Illustration by Kulapat Yantrasast

Illustration by Kulapat Yantrasast

There’s a great article on the NYTimes about Creative Types From Manolo Blahnik to Milton Glaser on Their Favorite Writing and Drawing Instruments. Thanks to Milton Glaser, I really want my own Koh-I-Noor multi-colored Magic Pencil.

While we’re on the topic of the NYTimes and its love of articles about pens and pencils, here’s a couple others to check out:

Link Love: DC Show Round-Ups

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Ink:

Pencils:

Notebooks & Paper:

Planners & Organizers:

DC Pen Show Round-Ups:


Submit your Link love art: To be the featured artist on an upcoming Link Love, write, draw, photograph, or doodle an original “Link Love” image. It can be lettering, calligraphy, your own interpretation of Link or anything else you think might relate to the weekly list of pen/pencil-centric blog links. Email your submission to me at chair @ wellappointeddesk.com.  Please include any link information you’d like in the image credit (your name, Twitter handle, Instagram, blog, etc). Also include any information about inks, tools, paper, etc used in your creation. Please let me know that I have permission to publish your work in Link Love and that the image is your original piece.

Ink Review: P.W. Akkerman #22 Hopjesbraun

Akkerman Hopjesbraun Ink

I don’t tend to purchase much brown ink. When I first got into fountain pens, all I wanted was the perfect, vintage sepia ink but I bought a few bottles early on that I didn’t like and swayed away from browns for a long time. This P.W. Akkerman #22 Hopjesbraun is making me rethink my stance on brown inks. Its got TONS of shading and is a warm, dusty reddish/golden brown that reminds me of the Southwest and cowboys and Albuquerque sunsets. How a Dutch ink company can generate a color that reminds me of New Mexico? Quite the impressive feat.

Akkerman Hopjesbraun Ink

There is a wonderful, dark halo around the letters when writing with my stub nib Esterbrook. Its just such fun to watch the ink darken around the edges of the letterforms as the ink dries. But that’s the catch.

Hopjesbraun dries slowly. I even smudged a bit in my painting at the top of the page because it dried quite a bit slower than the Zuiderpark I tested last week. I suspect in a finer pen or on slightly more absorbent paper, it wouldn’t be quite as big a deal but as a messy left, the dry time was a bit long. For letter writing where I could pause here and there to let the ink dry before I stuck my arm in it, it would not be a problem but as a daily use ink… well, for this lefty I’ll have to save it for special occasions. But it is one of the prettiest browns I’ve ever used.

Akkerman Hopjesbraun Ink

So if you’re a tidy righty, grab a bottle ASAP. And my fellow messy lefties, you’ve been warned to proceed with caution.


DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Vanness Pens for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Ink Review: Caran d’Ache Divine Pink

Caran d'Ache Divine Pink Ink

Most of the time, I tend to think Caran d’Ache can do no wrong. Their $5 pencils? Totally worth it. Their colored pencils and watercolor pencils? Epic. Their watercolor crayons? The holy grail of art materials.

But when it comes to their fountain pen ink, I find it a wee bit overpriced. Its pretty and the bottles are unique but $30+ per 50ml bottle is pretty steep. But I’ve bought some so I definitely drink their brand of Kool-Aid. Then I got a sample of Divine Pink and I had to start wondering if Caran d’Ache was having a bad day. You call this pink? I’ll give you warm red. Coral Rose? Maybe even Magenta? But pink, it is not. It’s pretty but it is not pink.

Caran d'Ache Divine Pink Ink

In an effort to prove to myself that I wasn’t crazy to think that Divine Pink was not really pink, I pulled out some of my Prismacolor Premier colored pencils to see what colors appeared similar. Carmine Red was probably the closest in hue. That’s not to say that I don’t like the color. I just think the name is terribly misleading.

The color is bright and vivid. Divine Pink dried fairly quickly on the Rhodia paper, even with my stub Estie nib and I didn’t smudge once. There’s a little bit of shading in the writing as well.

Like most red and pink inks, it is not the least bit water resistant. It activates easily with water but it also means its unlikely to stain or clog a pen.

Caran d'Ache Divine Pink Ink

In comparing Divine Pink to other colors in my swab stash, it falls between Kaweco Ruby Red and J. Herbin Rouge Opera. Ruby Red being slightly more red and Rouge Opera being slightly more pink. I included Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji as an ink I consider to be pink for a clear visual comparison.


This sample was part of a Goulet Pens Ink Drop.

The Pelikan Wanderbox #4

Looked what wandered into KC? #pelikan #wanderbox

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A couple weeks ago, I received an ENORMOUS blue crate that I had to lug back from the post office because I thought it would be a good day to walk over to the PO and get me mail. Foolish me. Luckily, despite its epic size, the contents are not too weighty. It is the Pelikan Wanderbox #4 which is a project from the fine folks at Pelikan to let the ink wander the world and amass letters written by pen enthusiasts.

Pelikan Wanderbox Amethyst Ink

Inside the foam-packed crate is a beautiful hat box with a bottle of Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst ink and handwritten letters from previous Wanderboxers. It was fun to read through each of the letters and add my own to the pile. Not to mention having an opportunity to try out the Edelstein Amethyst ink firsthand. I filled my one Pelikan M200 with the ink and set to writing my own letter.

Pelikan Wanderbox Amethyst Ink

The color is a little more reddish than other purple-y inks I’ve tried lately but not in a garish sort of way. Its actually quite regal.

Pelikan Wanderbox Amethyst Ink

I swabbed the color to add to my collection and there is a distinctly gold halo in the ink color adding to that royal look. I’m thinking I’ll be buying a full bottle of my own soon.

Pelikan Wanderbox Amethyst Ink

Of the inks currently in my stash, Amethyst most closely resemble J. Herbin Poussière de Lune but the Edelstein Amethyst is a more well-behaved ink. While I love the colors of the J. Herbin standard inks, I often find them too runny for most pens.

Here’s hoping a Wanderbox comes your way soon. This one is off to Arizona on Monday. From there, who knows?

Fashionable Saturday: Back-to-School

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What would August be without my favorite of all shopping holidays, back-to-school shopping! Paper, pencils, pens and erasers as far as the eye can see. I believe that the start of school is an excuse for all of us to get a new bookbag, notebook and writing tools. Here are some of the goodies I’ll be carrying — even though I’m not actually going back to school, I can pretend I am.

  • Kaweco Brass Sport fountain pen 72,50 € (via Fontoplumo)
  • Alvin Brass Bullet Pencil Sharpener $4.61 (via Dick Blick)
  • The Display $70 (via Dudek Modern Goods)
  • Monteverde One Touch Stylus Tool Fountain Pen $40 (via Pen Chalet)
  • The Cambridge Satchel Company 15 Inch Classic Leather Satchel in Red $190.80 (via My Bag)
  • Heritage Vacuum Bottle 24oz in Classic Plaid $39.99 (via Aladdin)
  • Paperblanks Nocturnelle Midi Lined Journal $24.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Montblanc JFK Navy Blue $19 (via Goldspot Pens)
  • Yarn-dyed Plaid Pouch $14.99 (via J. Jill)
  • Cavallini Expletive Eraser $3.50 (via European Paper)
  • Zebra Fullst 0.5 mm Mechanical Pencil in Black Plaid $3.30 (via JetPens)
  • Seed Super Gold High Class Rubber Eraser $9 (via C.W. Pencil Enterprise)
  • Diamine Fountain Pen Mini Ink in Green/Black $7.50 (via JetPens)
  • Caran d’Ache Yellow School Pencil $2 each (via C.W.Pencil Enterprise)
  • Mitsubishi Triangular 4563 Pencil B $2.50 each (via C.W. Pencil Enterprise)

(Fashionable plaid photo from Gurl.com’s 20 Ways to Wear Plaid post)

PS: Sorry about the delay in posting the FF for this week. I woke on Friday with a blistering migraine but had a pile of work to do once the meds kicked in so I got a little behind schedule. Hope you enjoy it, even if its a little late!

Ink Review: P.W. Akkerman #24 Zuiderpark Bluaw-Groen

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P.W. Akkerman #24 Zuiderpark Blauw-Greon is another in a long line of blue-black inks to pass across The Desk. It could be because I seek out the blue-blacks in particular but, this time fate intervened and this lovely ink arrived thanks to Lisa at Vanness.

Akkerman Zuiderpark Blauw-Groen Ink

There is definitely more of a greenish undertone to Zuiderpark that makes it less a true blue-black and more of a teal-black. At first thought, I anticipated that Zuiderpark might be very similar in color to de Atramentis Petrol but Zuiderpark is much darker. I included a swab of Diamine Twilight which I consider to be a true blue-black as a contrast so that the greenishness of Zuiderpark might be more noticeable.

Zuiderpark dries in a reasonable amount of time, even on Rhodia paper in the humidity of a Midwest August. In my water test, it had a some stay-ability too. I actually scrubbed a wet paintbrush across the sample a couple times after I dropped water on it to see if the ink would move. It leaves a stain on the paper which means Zuiderpark could handle a drop or two of water without losing all your hard work. If you like to paint with ink, it won’t move as completely as other colors. You can decide if that’s a plus or a minus.

Akkerman Zuiderpark Blauw-Groen Ink Comparison

The advantage of this sort of color is that it looks quite unique but maintains an air of “respectability” since it still runs in the blue family. If you want a work-appropriate ink with a little something extra, Zuiderpark would be a good option. And it goes without saying that Akkerman makes the coolest looking ink bottles.

This is a case where I definitely wish I had a whole bottle of this ink. So, I’ll be investing in one soon. Or you folks in DC can pick up a bottle for me!


DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Vanness Pen Shop for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Link Love

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(This week’s Link Love art was created in Manga Studio by fellow knitter and nerdy kindred spirit, Glee Norto. Just warms my nerd heart, this one! What notebook is that? A Midori Traveler’s Notebook, of course!!)

Pens:

Ink:

Notebooks & Paper:

Planning & Organizers:

Other interesting stuff:

Big thanks to Elwin and the Star Lord (doesn’t that sound like a band name?) for all your help this week. Couldn’t have done this without you!


Submit your Link love art: To be the featured artist on an upcoming Link Love, write, draw, photograph, or doodle an original “Link Love” image. It can be lettering, calligraphy, your own interpretation of Link or anything else you think might relate to the weekly list of pen/pencil-centric blog links. Email your submission to me at chair@wellappointeddesk.com. Please include any link information you’d like in the image credit (your name, Twitter handle, Instagram, blog, etc). Also include any information about inks, tools, paper, etc used in your creation. Please let me know that I have permission to publish your work in Link Love and that the image is your original piece.

Finally! Kaweco Skyline Sport in Pink

Kaweco Skyline Sport in Pink with green pens

The long-awaited, new Kaweco Skyline Sport in pink (€17,95) has finally landed stateside!

Now that its here and you can see its the first (and possible the only) pink pen I own. The great thing about the Kaweco Sport series is that the prices for them are so reasonable, I don’t feel too bad about buying them in ALL the colors available.

Kaweco Skyline Sport Pink

Like previous Skyline models, the pen features silver detailing instead of the traditional gold found on the standard Sport line. Its a very lightweight pen making it great as a pocket carry but not necessarily the most comfortable tool for writing the next great novel. Though I’ve written enough letters with my assortment of plastic-barreled Kaweco to qualify as a novel at this point so its all a matter of personal preference.

Like all other Skyline and Sport models, the cap posts easily and the faceted barrel cap keep the pen from rolling off the table, even without the addition of a clip.

Kaweco Skyline Sport Pink

I got the Skyline in pink with an EF nib. I like a finer nib on my Kaweco Sport pens as they often get combined with small pocket notebooks for on-the-go writing that benefit from tiny writing and pens that don’t lay too much ink down.

Kaweco Skyline Sport Pink

I don’t normally make an effort to match my ink color to the pen barrel but I made an exception in this case. The pink Skyline screamed for some pink ink. I found that the best color match is the Platinum Cyclamen Pink ink. Its almost the exact same color as the pen body.

Kaweco Skyline Sport Pink

The Skyline in pink and I are going to have a bright colorful week. I mean, really, how can I not with a pocket full of bright pink like this pen?

Honestly, I can’t wait to see what colors Kaweco will offer the Skyline in next. I’d love a lilac and a sunny yellow one. How about you?

Ink Review: Montblanc Midnight Hour

MontBlanc Blue Hour Ink

I must confess right away that the new Montblanc Meisterstück Blue Hour Twilight Blue ($17 for a 30ml bottle), despite its lengthy name, is an ink color that is totally in my wheelhouse. Initially I was thinking it was a blue black but its actually more of a dark teal/black, if that makes sense. It reminds me more of a dark stormy sea blue than a midnight sky blue.

MontBlanc Blue Hour Ink

Blue Hour looks more like a blue black when wet and then dries to a more greenish deep teal blue. The ink dries pretty quickly. I managed to not have any smudges while writing this sample page so that’s saying something. I really like the square, ripple glass bottles that Montblanc has been using for their inks this year. The JFK and Pink Ink also came in these bottles.

MontBlanc Blue Hour Ink

I had lots of similar ink colors. Similar, but not the same as Blue Hour. In the swab sample, there’s a little reddish halo to the Blue Hour sample which reminds me of Sailor Jentle Yama Dori and Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku (both of which are favorite inks of mine) but the Blue Hour ink is more greenish than Ku-Jaku and a bit lighter overall than the Yama Dori. So, do you need Blue Hour if you have any of these ink colors? Logically no, but since when are pen addicts logical?

All-in-all, Blue Hour fills a sliver of a gap in my teal-y blue/black ink collection that I’m glad to have filled. This ink seems to be selling out quickly so if you’re interested in acquiring a bottle, I recommend that you act fast. I couldn’t find any specific info whether Blue Hour would be a limited edition color but as an ink hoarder, I’m not taking any chances.

MontBlanc Blue Hour Ink

Oops! I always forget to go back and add water to me test page. In this case, I photographed everything before realizing I didn’t do the water test. With a few stroked of a wet paint brush, the ink definitely lifted and moved quickly. Plus side, it should be pretty easy to clean out of your pens. Minus side, this ink is not recommended for documents that require permanent ink. It might make for interesting drawings as the ink can be blended nicely like a watercolor.


DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Pen Boutique for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Guess Who’s Coming to Kansas City?

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(Sorry, I couldn’t resist a click bait title.) MIKE ROHDE!!!!!!!!

If you are in Kansas City, and you read this blog, you are probably going to want to hop over to the KC Coffee & Design and register to attend the Friday lecture (FREE!) and the Saturday Sketchnotes Workshop ($75) coming at the end of August. And if you happen to attend either of this events, be sure to look for me and say hello. I’ll be the one trying to hug Mike.

Don't forget to buy his book!

Don’t forget to buy his book!

 

Fashionable Friday: Over the Rainbow

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This Fashionable Friday was just way too much and there were way too many options to choose from. So many ink brands offer a huge rainbow of colors or many notebook manufacturers offer a rainbow of cover options (I’m looking at you, Rhodiarama and Leuchtturm1917) that it was hard to fit everything on one page.

  • Rainbow Pencils 3-pack for £5 (via Duncan Shotton)
  • Retro 51 Tornado Classic Lacquer Rollerball in Purple $21 (via Jet Pens)
  • Lamy Safari Fountain Pen in blue $29.60 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Kaweco Sport Ice fountain pen green £17,95 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Aurora Talentum Finesse Yellow Fountain Pen Chrome Trim 14Kt Nib $224 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Conklin All American Sunburst Orange Fine Point Fountain Pen $75.95 (via Goldspot Pens)
  • Pilot Elabo Fountain Pen with Soft Medium Nib in Red $159 (via JetPens)
  • Iwako Color Daruma 7-Piece Eraser Set $5.75 (via JetPens)
  • Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji (Autumn Leaves) Mini Ink $14 (via JetPens)
  • Bright Ideas Journal $14.95 (via Chronicle Books)
  • Rainbow Leather Journal with Artist Papers $100 (via Jenni Bick)
  • RainboWand 5-pack $8 per set (via Etsy)
  • The Bolt in a rainbow of colors $55 (via Karas Kustoms)
  • Platinum Mixable Mix-Free Bottled Ink in Sunny Yellow (also available in eight other eye-popping rainbow colors) $15 (via Pen Chalet)

Link Love: Sharpeners, Ink, & Owl Ink

This week's submission is from Elaine Ku. You can see more of her pen love and calligraphy on Instagram,  Twitter: @owlinkdesign or at her beautiful new blog: owl-ink.com

This week’s submission is from Elaine Ku, AKA Owl Ink. You can see more of her pen love and calligraphy on Instagram, Twitter or at her beautiful new blog.

Pens:

Ink:

Pencils:

Notebooks & Paper:

Planners & Organizers:

Other interesting things:

Video: How It’s Made: Space Pens, Colored Pencils, Fountain Pens & More

I found a great collection of pen-and-pencil-centric How Its Made videos. Some you may seen but I thought this would make for great lunchtime viewing. Enjoy!

This next video is how Aurora Fountain Pens are made:

This is the manufacturing process of Caran d’Ache colored pencils:

This next video is in Japanese subtitles with no spoken dialogue but its how Pilot makes its fountain pens so I thought it would be fun to watch even without narration. The first eight minutes is all about how the nibs are constructed which is a little slow to watch but fascinating!

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