In the past, links have coalesced into a sort of hive mind of the pen community. Sometimes this hive behavior is due to the release of a new product but, sometimes it seems more random. This week, the feed seemed filled with a collection of posts single-handedly targeted for my particular needs right now.
If you have heard the news this week, employment at my day job is on shaky ground. I won’t know how it will all shake out until mid-February. So posts like 50 Creative Companies to Work For in 2020 down in Other Interesting Things is definitely getting bookmarked… just in case.
But to bolster my spirits, and yours, in the bleakness of winter, the blog reader gods also gave us some gems. The Art & Creativity section is chock full of inspiration so if one of your goals for 2020 is to draw, paint or make more, than maybe this will inspire you.
In Pens, Susan over at The Pen Addict evaluated her pen collection which is something I’ve been considering for some time. Have you ever done this? I think I would be shocked and appalled if I ever did the Marie Kondo “dump all my pens on the bed” method like she recommends with clothes.
In Pencils, Jet Pens Blog pulled together their recommendations for best pencils which is timely since my internal pendulum has swung back to pencils recently.
There was also a secret peek into what I love when I’m not obsessing over pens… Bernadette Banner! Bernadette is an Edwardian-inspired fashion costumer and everyday wearer of antique style clothes. And she’s not alone! As a result of watching her YouTube channel I’ve found a bunch of other people making period clothing on Instagram. She was featured on Hyperallergenic this week but I am a follower of hers on YouTube.
Finally, I love the browser extension that helps to choose the library over Amazon. My house is chock full of books and, should I find myself considerably more cash poor, checking books our from the library, either virtually or manually, is a much better alternative.
While I wish kismet was all happiness, these grains of advice, direction and inspiration feel like something, however small, to take us all on the journey that will be 2020.
- Penventory 2020: Reassessing My Pen Collection (via The Pen Addict)
- A comparison of old and new Esterbrook fountain pens (via Write eXperience)
- Comparative Overview: Montblanc Meisterstück 146 & 149 (via Scrively)
- Esterbrook Nib Numbers and Writing Samples (via Fountain Pen Love)
- Toucan Scarlet Ink Review (via Gourmet Pens)
- troublemaker inks petrichor (via Ink Sharks)
- Robert Oster Mudpack Set (via Mountain of Ink)
- Pencil Review: Staedtler Noris (HB) (via Polar Pencil Pusher)
- The 18 Best Pencils for 2020 (via JetPens)
Notebooks & Paper:
- Empty Bottle and a One Day Deal (via Field Notes Blog)
- Note cards the size of a credit card – usem note cards (via The Cramped)
- Pocket Size Notebooks and Planners from Nanami Paper (via Notebook Stories)
- Tomoe River Notebooks to Try in 2020 (via Rediscover Analog)
- Notebook Hack (Attempt): Moleskine + Stillman & Birn (via Notebook Stories)
- Moleskine Spring-Summer 2020 Catalog (via Writing at Large)
- The Endless Recorder Notebook Review (via The Poor Penman)
- Colorful & Meticulous Hand-Drawn Travel Notebooks (via Kottke.org)
Art & Creativity:
- ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, 4th Edition’ by Betty Edwards (via Tools and Toys)
- Physical Therapy for Your Art Practice (via RozWoundUp)
- How to Add Color to Your “Day in the Life” Sketchbook Layout (via The Postman’s Knock)
- Dry-on-Wet with Watercolor Pencils (via Fueled by Clouds & Coffee)
- Are Fountain Pens Necessary for Watercolour Sketching? (via Parka Blogs)
- Book Review: Qu Draws A Year (via Parka Blogs)
- Learn About the Embroidery of Sarah K. Benning With This Exquisite Book (via My Modern Met)
- Sketching Buildings: A 20 minute sketching session (via Liz Steel)
- I Test the Ultra-fine Tipped Pentel Artists Brush Sign Pen (via RozWoundUp)
- What’s your creative resolution? A round-up of entries to our Insta brief (via It’s Nice That)
Other Interesting Things:
- The Ten Most Influential Stationery Products of the Past Decade (via The Gentleman Stationer)
- A brief appreciation of John Baldessari (via Austin Kleon)
- January 2020 digital wallpapers for all your moods (via Think.Make.Share.)
- Tokyo 2020 official art posters by Chris Ofili, Viviane Sassen and Naoki Urasawa unveiled (via It’s Nice That)
- A New Browser Extension Encourages You to Choose Your Local Library Over Amazon (via Hyperallergenic)
- The Dots lists top 50 creative companies to work for in 2020 (via It’s Nice That)
- Learning Mindfulness From the Art of Victorian Dressmaking (via Hyperallergenic)
- NASA: How We’re Going (Back) to the Moon (via Kottke.org)
- Persephone Books publishes forgotten female writers (via Flow Magazine)