Archive for January 3rd, 2010

Welcome to the January 5, 2010 edition of Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper. My name is Cynthia, and I am also the host for this months blog carnival. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this month’s selection of posts from a variety of blogs from those who love pens, pencils and paper.

Journaling & Art Journaling

NotebookStories gives us a sneak preview of Lynda Barry’s beautiful art journaling book “What It Is” in her post My Favorite “Notebook Book:” Lynda Barry’s “What It Is”. Be sure to visit her blog for this and more notebook topics at NotebookStories.

“Here’s a detail of one of the pages. I love the look of the yellow lined paper peeking through.”

Betsy from Wild Thyme Creative explores different mediums in the Exacompta Sketchbook in her article Behind the pages {Exacompta: The next journal}.

"At first glance, the gold edge on the pages and the yummy paper made me think of a traditional sketchbook . . "

Mari L. McCarthy presents 5 Steps to Start Journaling for the Health of It™ posted at Journal Therapy Cures.

"To get healthy and stay that way, we have to get to the root of our repressed feelings and release them. One of the simplest ways to do this is through journal therapy."

Heather presents The Other Journal posted at A Penchant for Paper.

Pages from the other journal containing part of William Wordsworth's poem, "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey," and a watercolour pencil sketch of a maple leaf.

User’s Collection

Seth Baker presents In Defense of Handwriting (plus tips!) | Happenchance posted at Happenchance, saying, “I grew sick of having lousy handwriting and decided to do something about it.”

Margana presents Pen, Paper and Ink Finds for 2009 posted at An Inkophile’s Blog Check it out to see her favorite items for 2009!

Laurie presents Ghost of Planners Past #1: Desperation posted at Plannerisms, saying, “This is a story about two people using Quo Vadis Textagenda planners in very different circumstances: a university student and a Peace Corps volunteer. The story revolves around my relationship with my sister and our shared love of planners. Others who love planners and good paper will identify with my craving for my planner of choice!”

" . . .I went through every single page of that planner and changed the days to reflect the upcoming year’s dates. Obsessive? Yes. But I had plenty of time on my hands and I really wanted to use that planner!!”

Pens, Inks & Writing Tools

Okami0731 presents Featured Pen – Mabie Todd Swan SM 205/86 posted at Whatever. Check out her blog for more information on this beauty.

"It is one of my absolute favorites."

Woodworker presents Iroshizuku fountain pen ink by Pilot posted at Inkyjournal – reviews of fountain pens, notebooks, moleskine and ink, saying, “This ink was my discovery for the year 2009!”

"The Iroshizuku ink is a luxurious line of inks created to reflect the beautiful natural scenery of Japan."

Dowdyism presents Top 10 Pen Reviews of 2009 posted at The Pen Addict, saying, “2009 was a great year for pens. Here are the reviews that Pen Addict readers viewed the most over the past year.”

"The rankings below consist of the top 10 pen review posts for the 2009 calendar year as determined by Google Analytics. This list isn't my top 10 favorite pens, but rather a snapshot of what was popular over the last 12 months."

Sam presents Review: USUS Pi ballpoint posted at Future; Nostalgic, saying, “A stylish ballpoint with wonderfully clean lines and an interesting toggle switch mechanism.”

"The Pi is a comfortable hand fit and the supplied refill writes well enough for a ballpoint. I have noticed a little skipping here and there, but not enough to put me off using it."

Stephen Smith presents Pen, Pencil and Paper posted at …words.

"Simply put, I love this pen. It writes very smoothly and evenly on most of the papers that I have tested. I am especially happy that the pen leaves a nice, fine line in my journal and on the el-cheapo index cards that I use for notes."

Office Supply Geek shares an unconventional method to remove an air bubble from his pen refill in How to Fix Your Pen – The Ink Bubble Resolved. Find out how he did it at the Office Supply Geek blog.

"The Air Bubble in the Ink Cartridge is Fixed - The After Picture."

Julie presents Sheaffer’s WASP Addipoint Fountain Pen posted at Peaceable Writer, saying, “”WASP stood for “Walter A. Sheaffer Pen” and was the name of the company producing the pens. Thus, not all WASP pens are Addipoints.””

"The pen in the photos is approximately 70 years old, weighs 9g inked & 14g posted. It measures 5″ in length with the cap on, 4 1/2″ with the cap off, and 6 1/4″ posted."

That concludes this edition. Big thanks to the Carnival ringmaster, Notebook Stories. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of pen, pencil and paper using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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