The weeks surrounding the Independence Day holiday are usually pretty quiet in the pen community. Bloggers take a much-deserved week off and all our fine compatriots are busy tending to mosquitos bites and making copious quantities of iced tea and lemonade to stay cool. This will all change in a couple weeks when August can be seen on the horizon and plans to get kids back-to-school and adults start focusing on the fourth quarter which is when we see a surge of new supplies, inks, planners and preparations for the holiday season.
I don’t mean to sound jaded and I’m not. Back-to-school is my favorite holiday. I’m sure you’ll agree there is nothing more full of potential and optimism than a new notebook or brand new package of pencils or crayons.
Last week, we posted about the Clutterbug organizational system and how it might be applied to planning. So, if you too, are raring to get “back-to-school” this is a great time to consider which planner or planning style might work best for you so that when new 2021/2022 planners are released, you know what to look for.
In other news, Tina appeared on an episode of Art Supply Posse this month. Robert Oster is celebrating FIVE YEARS of making awesome inks (he is THE man for blues!). The USPS is celebrating 50 years as an independent agency. The Pen Addict reviewed the Platinum Procyon and came to similar conclusions that I did. The Typewriter Revolution reviewed the Lego Typewriter. And we’d like to introduce you to a new pen-related blog: A Stationery Voyage. (Never fear, the requisite cat and Star Wars posts are included. Hope you love them!)
Have a great (short) week!
- The Best Fine-Tip Gel Pens (via JetPens)
- The Lamy exact – older than the Lamy 2000 (via Bleistift)
- Platinum Procyon Fountain Pen Review (via The Pen Addict)
- Updating my top three pens for 2021 (via UK fountain pens)
- Discord At The Factory: All Is Not Well At Pelikan’s Peine-Vöhrum Plant (via The Pelikan’s Perch)
- Narwhal Pens: Continuing the Entry-Level Piston Filler Wars (via The Gentleman Stationer)
- Today’s Work Pen (via A Stationery Voyage)
- Kobe 60 Ijinkan Mint (via Mountain of Ink)
- Celebrate Robert Oster Ink’s 5th Anniversary: Blue Ink Comparison (via Pen Chalet)
- Birmingham Boysenberry on Leuchtturm1917 (via Inkcredible Colours)
- Ink samples are the best – here’s why (via Rediscover Analog)
- Van Dieman’s Midnight Series: Howl At The Moon Ink Review (via The Pen Addict)
- Robert Oster Bondi Blue (via Fountain Pen Pharmacist)
- Standard Bindery Clear Stars (via Fountain Pen Pharmacist)
- The Best Lead Grade For Every Application (via JetPens Blog)
Notebooks & Paper:
- The return of handwritten notes – a quick look at LA Paper Lover stationery sets (via Rediscover Analog)
- Testing Ink Resist On Different Papers (via Fountain Pen Love)
Art & Creativity:
- Review: Mitsubishi Uni Colored Pencils (via Fueled by Clouds & Coffee)
- Aquafine Watercolour by Daler-Rowney Review (via Doodlewash)
- I’m on the Art Supply Posse Podcast! (via Fueled by Clouds & Coffee)
- Wacom “Intuos S” Entry-Level Drawing Tablet (via Tools and Toys)
- Identifying plants and using a waterbrush (via Liz Steel)
Other Interesting Things:
- Artist Inserts The Legendary Grumpy Cat Into Disney Movies (via Design You Trust)
- A Half-Century of Operating Independently While Continuing to Bind the Nation Together (via USPS Newsroom)
- My all time favorite washi tapes (and how I organize them) (via All About Planners)
- A fake Lego fake typewriter? (via The Typewriter Revolution blog)
- The 2022 Apple Hardware Calendar by Stephen Hackett [Kickstarter] (via Tools and Toys)
- Tiny Star Wars Scenes Crafted From Figurines and Everyday Objects (via My Modern Met)
- Found Silverware and Scrap Metal Are Welded into Lively Sculptural Creatures by Matt Wilson (via Colossal)
- Meet the Talented Brontë Sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne the Novelists (via My Modern Met)
- LEGO Reveals Prototype Brick Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles (via My Modern Met)
Oh, one more thing… the Independence Day weekend was also our Ollie-versary. It’s been one year since this giant ginger cat showed up on our porch and stole our hearts.
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