12 Days of Inkmas:  A Robert Oster Holiday Part 2 (Day 11)

12 Days of Inkmas: A Robert Oster Holiday Part 2 (Day 11)

Yesterday, I made a Col-o-wreath of the Robert Oster limited edition 2020 Holiday inks from Vanness Pens: Santa’s Hangover, Choc Pudding, Silent Nite, and Elf’s Cap. Today, I’ll show off the inks a little more with different tools and papers. For the tools, I used a few of the unconventional tools I’ve become fond of since I…

12 Days of Inkmas:  A Robert Oster Holiday Part 1 (Day 10)

12 Days of Inkmas: A Robert Oster Holiday Part 1 (Day 10)

Yes, I know. Robert Oster has already been featured several times (Day 2, Day 4, and Day 7) in our Inkmas countdown. But when I finally opened my package from Vanness Pens and remembered I had ordered the new, limited edition Robert Oster 2020 Holiday inks, I couldn’t resist. It’s now or never. Earlier this…

12 Days of Inkmas: “Mystery” Cheery Red (Day 6)

12 Days of Inkmas: “Mystery” Cheery Red (Day 6)

For the sixth day of Inkmas, I thought it would be fun to do one of my favorite inky activities- matching ink to a specific pen. To begin the pairing, the pen choice was pretty simple. Inkmas demands one of my merriest pens- the Platinum 3776 Carnelian. For the ink, I did a quick sweep…

A (Draft) Notebook Set-up for 2021: Planners, Journals, and Blank Pages

A (Draft) Notebook Set-up for 2021: Planners, Journals, and Blank Pages

It’s December (…how?) and after a year that deviated from plans more than anyone could have anticipated, apparently I still feel compelled to “plan” for the upcoming year. I say apparently because it wasn’t until earlier this week that I realized I had five different notebooks that I intended to continue using in the new…

Pen Review: The Leonardo Momento Zero Grande with Oversized #8 Nib

Pen Review: The Leonardo Momento Zero Grande with Oversized #8 Nib

I remember vividly the first pen show that the Nibsmith had Leonardo pens stocked at his table. The Momento Zero model caught a lot of people’s attention at that show, and for good reason. I was not immune. It’s one of the only pens I can think of that I purchased immediately when seeing a brand…

Alternative Ink Tools: Hits & Misses

Alternative Ink Tools: Hits & Misses

I’ve been spending a lot of time swabbing inks recently. Maybe it’s because it’s a good creative break from writing my dissertation or because I’ve been inspired by InkyRocks videos about the “ink swamp” or “ink fever” phenomenon in Japan. Maybe it’s because there are some new nib stamps on the block that I can’t…

Swapping Nibs with Flexible Nib Factory Feeds

Swapping Nibs with Flexible Nib Factory Feeds

I’ve been using a lot of dark and pastel inks lately, and earlier this week I suddenly decided enough was enough. I needed some pink. And not just any pink… I wanted bright, in-your-face, rebelling-against-your-bad-day pink. It also occurred to me that I didn’t have a single Sailor inked up, but I didn’t really feel…