Category: miscellaneous

SPONSOR: Spotlight Stationery

14 May 2016 By ian

Many thanks to Spotlight Stationery for once again sponsoring Pens! Paper! Pencils! this month. Spotlight Stationery are a UK-based company that will send you a subscription box every month (or every two months if you prefer). With every box they make a donation to National Star, a charity working with young people with disabilities and […]

SPONSOR: Pocket Notebooks

30 April 2016 By ian

Thank you very much to Pocket Notebooks for sponsoring Pens! Paper! Pencils! again this month. They have an excellent range of notebooks available, many of which aren’t easily found anywhere else in the UK. On top of that, they have monthly subscriptions of varying sizes. They’ve also really gone all-in on the wonderful Hobonichi Techo. […]

Painting, Drawing, and Persistence

29 April 2016 By ian

A couple of years ago I got a little fed up with myself. I’ve always wanted to see if I could paint, to see if there was an artist lurking somewhere inside, but I think I was just afraid to try. It’s very easy to stick with what you know, in my case drawing, but […]

Meeting Mr Twiss

27 April 2016 By ian

Julia and I recently had a few days away in a little village called Wellow, close to the famous Sherwood Forest. It’s a lovely part of the country. Lots of trees, obviously, but also big skies and old towns and cities full of history. What I hadn’t realised, because I had been getting my forests […]

Investigating Alternative Ink Bottles

20 April 2016 By ian

Rob Smith of Dot Cross Dot has been addressing a problem many fountain pen enthusiasts come across: filling a pen from a small ink bottle. Rob was frustrated by the small size of the neck of the 30ml Diamine bottles but that’s not the only problem with ink bottles. Taller bottles can be a little […]