Tag: art supplies

Review: Kaweco Special Dip Pen

Sometimes the right tool shows up at just the right time and your whole work process just falls into step. For me, that tool was the new Kaweco Special Dip Pen.  This elevates the dip pen out of the realm of old school or art school into a classic, modern tool for the modern calligrapher. The material for the Kaweco Special line is a matte black, faceted, anodized aluminum that has a nice weight to it. At the end, where the nib is inserted, there is a nice shiny bit of chrome giving the pen a polished look. It’s a lengthy tool, like a paint brush for a bit of an artsy look.

The pen comes with a fairly flexible nib (totally unlabelled so I have no idea what it is) but it will hold any standard nib so you can replace it with your favorite nib like a Zebra G, Nikko G or anything else, vintage or modern.  I do recommend scrubbing the nib with standard white toothpaste to remove the oil from it in order get inks to adhere to it before using it. Lindsay over at The Postman’s Knock has several other tips for removing oil residue but toothpaste has become my recommended method.

I used the Kaweco Special Dip Pen to annotate all my new ink swatches from all the pen shows I’ve gone to this summer. I also used my favorite paintbrush for the ink swashes. It’s a Silver Black Velvet #6 round watercolor brush and the swatches are done on the last of my Maruman Mnemosyne Word Book cards. I don’t know what I will do when I run out of these cards.

Overall, the Kaweco Special Dip Pen is more expensive than a Speedball plastic nib holder but I think its worth it. If you’re the kind of person who would drop $100+ on a fountain pen than $36 on a dip pen nib holder probably doesn’t seem crazy. The Kaweco Special Dip Nib Holder feels nicer and weightier in the hand and looks much better too than a cheap $7 plastic one. If you know someone who uses a dip pen, it would make a good gift too.

The Kaweco Special Dip Pen is available from JetPens.

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

Podcast: Art Supply Posse Ep. 14 “Our Personal Color Agenda”

This week's episode artwork is by Rachel Ignotofsky's from her new book, Women in Science
This week’s episode artwork is by Rachel Ignotofsky’s from her new book, Women in Science

Sorry for the delay in getting this week’s Art Supply Posse episode out. First Heather had a technical glitch, then I had to stay out late catching all the Pokemon. I think she had a better excuse.

So here it is: We are pushing our color palette agenda for another episode with limited palettes, talking about artists we love and some toss in all the newsy bits we’ve been withholding.

(Look at me! Figuring out how you can listen to it right here on The Desk!)

Art Supply Posse Ep. 12 Back To School

This week on Art Supply Posse we talk about back-to-school rituals, the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and do a little follow-up about the A-word. It’s not our most art supply-centric episode – we’ll be back in our 1-subject notebooks next week. Also, we had a little recording issue so if the sound quality is a little off, that’s why. Our apologies, just grab your sketch tools and doodle through the episode and you won’t notice a thing!

Podcast: Art Supply Posse Ep. 10

tri-tones-1A little bit worse from the road wear, Heather and I are back for the final installment of our series on colored pencils this week on Art Supply Posse. I almost couldn’t remember where I was! I was so tired last night! We cover a little news and follow-up, do our drawing for our first giveaway, yawn a couple times and talk about the colored pencil weirdos — the misfits, and the ones that defy category. I like all colored pencils, even the weirdos.

Hope you like the episode and next week we promise to be awake and ready to discuss the heady topic: calling yourself an artist. If you have a comment or question or your own story, please let us know. We’d love to share it on the episode. Thanks!