Inkmas Day 7: DeAtramentis Document Fog Grey

  Review by Tina Koyama I’ve tried many so-called waterproof inks that turned out not to be, so I was skeptical about the DeAtramentis Document series. Available in 19 waterproof colors, it gives writers and sketchers a good range of color alternatives to black (my favorite waterproof ink is Platinum Carbon Black) – but are…

Ink Review: DeAtramentis Artist Green, Brown, Black

Review by Tina Koyama It may seem like fountain pen inks come in a bazillion colors, and they do – but the vast majority are water-soluble. Finding a range of ink colors that are also solidly waterproof isn’t as easy. Some may say they are waterproof and may be sufficiently water-resistant for addressing an envelope,…

Inkmas Day 5: DeAtramentis Document Dark Red

  Review by Tina Koyama Although I use water-soluble inks for sketching when I want to wash some lines for effect, I depend on waterproof inks when I know I’m going to be using water-soluble colored pencils or watercolor, too. And when addressing envelopes, I always use waterproof ink. Platinum Carbon Black has been my…

Product Preview: Ink Bottle Rubber Stamps (Shameless Plug)

Product Preview: Ink Bottle Rubber Stamps (Shameless Plug)

Following discussions and suggestions from friends and followers of the blog, we are introducing two new rubber stamps in the shop this week. This post falls clearly in the category of shameless self-promotion so proceed forewarned. We created two different ink bottle rubber stamp designs. The first stamp is based on a classic bottle design…

Pen Review: Muji 0.25mm Needlepoint Gel Pens

Pen Review: Muji 0.25mm Needlepoint Gel Pens

Muji, as a brand, is known for being “brandless”. They create simple, utilitarian products that do not have any outward branding on the items. The stationery products that Muji creates are no different, including the Muji 0.25mm gel pens (approx. $2.50 each) that I picked up in New York oh-so-long-ago with Myke and Brad on…

Brush Pens, Part 3: Waterproof Bristle Tips

Guest review by Tina Koyama Within the brush pen series (Part 1: Waterproof Felt Tips and Part 2: Water-Soluble Felt Tips), the type of pens I’m reviewing today are probably the ones I use most often – hairy, bristle-tip brush pens containing waterproof ink. Designed to simulate sumi brush pens used for traditional Asian calligraphy,…

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