Pen Review: Staedtler Lumocolor Permanent Markers

Pen Review: Staedtler Lumocolor Permanent Markers

Review by Tina Koyama I have been looking for waterproof, write-on-anything markers that are less stinky than Sharpies. As a secondary issue, and perhaps I need to lift more weights, but am I the only one who has difficulty pulling caps off of some Sharpies? I usually end up marking myself somewhere due to the…

Pencil Case Review: Peg & Awl Sendak Mini Artist Roll

Pencil Case Review: Peg & Awl Sendak Mini Artist Roll

Review by Tina Koyam\ Whenever I see a lovely, handcrafted pencil roll, it evokes fantasies: Seated at a sidewalk table in a Venetian or Parisian café, sipping an espresso, I sketch – my colored pencil roll, charmingly patina-ed with years of travel, casually opened next to my sketchbook. Despite the fantasies, I didn’t think a…

Pencil Cap Review: Blackwing Point Guard

Pencil Cap Review: Blackwing Point Guard

Review by Tina Koyama In addition to high-end, limited-edition, collectible pencils, Blackwing makes a few unique pencil accessories, including the Blackwing Point Guard ($10 each). Available in matte black, gold, silver, and a set of one of each color, the point guard is made in Taiwan of lightweight, machined aluminum. I chose matte black to…

Pencil Review: Zebra Zensations Mechanical Colored Pencils (set of 12 + 2 bonus)

I visited Wonder Fair in Lawrence, KS this weekend and was delighted to find the new Zebra Zensations 2mm mechanical colored pencils. Wonder Fair stocks the set of 12 ($11.76) as well as individual pencils ($0.90 each). The cost for these softly-rounded triangular, plastic, click-advance colored pencils was too good to pass up. I know…

My New Whatever Journal

My New Whatever Journal

By Tina Koyama When I first discovered urban sketching and began documenting my life with sketches, I almost immediately discovered a dilemma. Admiring the works of many sketchers who use this method, I especially loved the concept of putting sketches and writing on the same page. As a lifelong journal writer, I saw the value…

Brush Pen Review: Kuretake Zig Fudebiyori Metallic

Brush Pen Review: Kuretake Zig Fudebiyori Metallic

Review by Tina Koyama It’s planner prep season, and it’s also time to start thinking about (say it ain’t so!) the holidays. I took care of both with one set of brush pens: the Kuretake Zig Fudebiyori Metallic set of 8 colors (8/$17 or $2.50 each). Although I have a gazillion brush pens and use…