Do you know what can happen with a pile of yellow writing tools and some plain, white paper like this? Fill a cloudy day with sunshine by “sunshine bombing” your town like Andrea of Hula Seventy and her daughter Ava did. The pen is mightier than even the clouds.
(via Hula Seventy)
When a 0.5mm or 0.7mm lead is not enough, try out the Worther Shorty mechanical pencil which sports a substantial 3mm super-soft 7B lead (other lead grades are available, of course). $15
(via Hand-Eye Supply)
I decided to try out the Kuretake Dry Erase Liquid Post Chalk Marker Pen at work to cut down on the dust and mess of traditional chalk in my already dusty cubicle at work. I have a lovely chalkboard message board handpainted by Mary Kate McDevitt which was the perfect testing ground.
(via me on Flickr)
The pen goes on wet but clear and gets whiter as it dries.
It took a bit of elbow grease to rub the “chalk” off after it was dry but no worse than regular chalk and a bit more permanent. I found this helpful for the leftie hook since it made it a bit harder to smear. This pen would be great on coffee shop boards for the “coffee of the day” on a sandwich board as a light brush up against it would not smear it. Using water will wipe the board completely clean.
($2.15 per pen, available in white and several other colors from JetPens, of course.)
The Poem cup and saucer set by Katarina Häll has a built-in pen on the saucer so you’ll be ready to write the moment you sit down. Quite lovely and inspiring.
(via DESIGN HOUSE STOCKHOLM )
Find out all you wanted to know about markers and the history of markers at Just Some Markers. What fun!
I’ve found the first item for my holiday wish list. Its the Doodles Pen necklace from Kate Spade. $78
What are you putting on your holiday wish list?
(via kate spade)
The Pentel Portable Brush Pen has been my favorite brush pen for some time. I picked mine up at Kinokuniya in New York several years ago. It has a synthetic, individual filament, brush tip and takes Pentel refill cartridges. It holds a great point and has worn very well. $11.95
I’ve been a big fan of the Rotring Art Pen for years. It was one of the first fountain pens I purchased, found in an art supply store for about $20. The Art Pen has a long paintbrush-like shape which gives it nice balance and an unusual look. It is available in several nib sizes including wider, chiseled calligraphy widths, M and B “lettering” nibs and F and EF “sketching” nibs. I own the EF which has worked well over the years despite the occasional year or two of neglect. It accepts standard ink cartridges and I’ve even been able to squeeze some of Levenger’s extra-long cartridges into the pen because of its elongated shape. Our friends over at JetPens carry the fountain pen converter which allows the use of bottled inks instead of just cartridges.
From sketches to protoypes, the evolution of the Moleskine writing tools.
If its possible, this would be super cool.
(via Color Picker Pen Concept)
I’ve been on the waiting list for the Noodler’s Flex Nib Fountain Pen and they are back in stock. If you would like to experience the joys (and agonies) of a flexible nib pen, this is a good place to start. Goulet Pens carries the full range of Flex Nib fountain pens from Noodler’s starting at $14. There are some videos on the site to show how they work and how to manipulate them to work beautifully.
(via Goulet Pens)
The Le Pen is a total guilty pleasure for me. I remember in my pre-teens I discovered Le Pen and much to the displeasure of my school teacher’s insisted in writing all my homework and papers in one of the more flamboyant colors as teeny, tiny as I possibly could. I’ve noticed a resurgence of interest and enthusiasm around the Le Pen lately so I thought it was time for me to come out of the pencil box, so to speak. At a mere $1.25 each, these 0.3mm, acid-free, smudgeproof, microfine markers are little gems worth sharing. Available in over a dozen colors from tried-and-true red, black and blue to lively orchid and teal. Keep your eyes peeled and grab one when you get a chance. I’ve seen them at Paper Source and Papyrus in the past couple weeks or you can get them online.
(via BLICK art materials)
Would you like to get a customized package of paper goods delivered to your doorstep each month? Then Lost Crates might be for you. Using a visual quiz, they will match an array of office products to your answers from markers to Moleskines for $38 per month.
Stay tuned! I’ll have an interview with Lost Crates next week.
What’s in my bag? This is my Kokuya Kaddy which I purchased a couple of years ago from JetPens and it’s filled with my go-to tools — at least this week anyway.
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Drawn to the Table is a wooden table top that encourages families to communicate with each other in a physical and personal manner during meal times. Simply by dipping their finger, fork, chopstick or spoon into the digital ink on the table members of the family can use Drawn as a blank canvas as well as a message board. By connecting all of the screen-based electronics in the home, Drawn also transfers whatever is doodled, pressed or written onto it’s surface directly to the personal devices of members of the family who are absent from the dinner table. (via Alice Moloney)
What a great way to tell a story, sketch an idea, leave a love note or change the look of your space? When can I have one?
Another great post from Lost Crates blog.
A notebook and a pen can be a highly effective personal productivity system
Why pen and paper?
You may think about iPhones, Blackberries, or at least a computer, so you can remember and search and so on. I tried using those, but they didn’t work well. Pen and paper have unique characteristics that are suitable for just “getting things done”.
- Infinite portability: you can take it anywhere，never run out of power，and never lose signal.
- Intuitive: It is just a tool, and never adds burdens to your brain. This is crucial when you are doing something creative. For me only something creative really excites me. Only those kinds of things can bring me real progress.
- Limitation: You can’t put tons of information on a page in one second. You just write the most important notes most of the time, focusing on the most important words. So you will never face tons of information that easily overloads your brain.
- Distraction-free: When you plan anything on a computer, you have to face tons of distractions, IM messages, new emails, rss feed readers, twitter replies, Facebook updates, etc.
Picture via Waterflowon.com
In an effort to lessen the environmental impact of disposable pens, Pilot has introduced the new B2P, the bottle-to-pen made of 89% recycled materials, specifically PET plastic that’s used to make water bottles. Inside each pen is G2 gel ink available in four colors with the option of 0.5 or 0.7 widths. Can be purchased online starting at $2.50 or through your favorite local office supply shop.
Note to self: When ordering a Kuretake Zig Letter Pen from Jet Pens, remember to order the cartridge too.
The Letter Pen body is $2.50 and available in thirteen colors and cartridges are $3.30 and available in nine colors. Make sure to order at least one of each, trust me.
At brunch this weekend, I was telling a friend how much I love my Pilot Hi-Tec C Coleto multi-pens so I thought it was high time I shared this wonderful little tool with my online friends too. This is the 4-color version but there are now even a 5-color option as well as higher end bodies. Each Hi-Tec C can be filled with an array of gel ink color options in widths from 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5mm as well as a mechanical pencil component (in 0.3 or 0.5 size). Ink colors can be purchased in 10-color sets or individually so that you can pretty much customize your pen to be anything you want it to be. All serious? Then choose black, red, blue and a pencil. Got a favorite color? Then pick all ink colors in your favorite hues and a body to coordinate. Can’t make up your mind? Buy a 10-color set and a clear or white body and try out a bunch of different options. Your total investment for a basic body and colors to fill won’t break the bank. A 4-color body is just $3 and individual ink cartridges are $2. Pencil component is $2.70. There’s even a stylus option for electronic devices like Nintendo DS.
I’ve owned at least three different multi-pen bodies and filled and refilled the inks many times and I have to admit that they are my go-to writing instrument. I love the wide, rubber grip and the endless color options. Coleto pens are inexpensive enough to not be precious but reusable and tough enough to last quite awhile. I’ve had only one pen body lose the rubber bits (glue lost its stick) but I still use it anyway.
Sharpie has gone to the 80s with their new series of ultra fine point markers — the Glam series. Available in five candy colored, 80s-inspired colors. For just $1 each, I think I could afford all five, even in the 80s.
The June 2011 Kit from Rad and Hungry originates from Latvia this time. It includes one pencil, two notebooks, and one stacked-up pack of note cards. Single kit is $16 or subscribe for a half- or full-year for reduced prices per month!
Vintage Crayons (via AnOtherMag)
This beuaitful leather writing case is just one of dozens of gorgeous, useful, classic office pieces available from Manufactum. From writing tools, desk accessories to organization and other items, this site is the mecca of office beauty.