Thinking about trying a fountain pen? 

Thinking about trying a fountain pen? 

Try a fountain pen to liven up your writing!
If you are looking for a pen to start with, these pens are tried and true. They are modestly priced, good quality, fun to use and easy to maintain. They all come in multiple colors, and have steel nibs.

Patronize your local pen shops! In Boulder? You can find these pens at Two Hands Paperie. If you don’t live near a pen shop, follow the links.

  • Kaweco Sport. Small plastic pen from Germany, with selection of nib options, including extra fine, fine, medium, broad and calligraphy. Easy to switch nibs if you want to use more than one size. International standard cartridge only.
  • Lamy Safari, Al-Star or Vista. Lamys include both plastic and metal models. These German pens are available with extra fine, fine, medium, broad nibs. Lamy also makes the Joy, a calligraphy pen. Lamys come with a converter and sample cartridge. Lamys use a proprietary cartridge.
  • Pilot Metropolitan. The Metropolitan has a metal body. Japanese nib options include fine, medium, medium italic. The pen comes come with a squeeze converter and sample cartridge. It uses a proprietary cartridge.
  • Pilot Kakuno. The Kakuno has a plastic body. Japanese nib options include extra fine, fine, or medium. It uses a proprietary cartridge; converter is sold separately.

Writing Styles:
Two of these pens are from Germany, and two are from Japan. Here are some writing examples on Baron Fig paper. As you can see, the Japanese Pilot nibs are considerably finer than the German Lamy nibs. The choice is one of personal preference.

Related blog post:
Academic Writing with Pen in Hand. A blog post about my hybrid digital/analog writing style.

Resources and Guides:

Save the Date: Join Hands-On Fountain Pens at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, November 15, 2019. Registration will be online early fall.

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Resources for Art Card Painters

Resources for Art Card Painters

Thinking about Painting Art Cards? 

Painting art cards has multiple benefits. The painter takes time for reflection and sharpens skills in observation. The card brightens the day of the recipient, who continues to enjoy it. Painting for art cards can be quick and informal, in plein air or a coffee shop, landscapes, still life, or abstract. 

I consulted the following resources for the Wish You Were Here art card workshop at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado. 

Online Resources

Doodlewash: Home of World Watercolor Month and a thriving community of artists. Led by Charlie Shields, who offers a cheerful painting and post every day

The Watercolor Learning Center: Lots of great resources from Ellen Fountain

Free nature journaling online course with Jan Blencowe 

Angela Fehr: Classes and examples

Landscape painting from David Bellamy. PDF excerpt.

John Muir Laws resources on drawing and nature journaling

Liz Steel is good resource for capturing the urban side of postcard creating.She shares lots of tips on color mixing, drawing, telling a story and feeling comfortable creating out in the world.

Suhita and Shari Blaukopf both work in sketchbooks but have styles that would translate well to a postcard. They capture in their paintings the places they live and travel in a way that tells a story about the season, place and moment in time. 

Supplies for Painting on the Go

Paints and Palettes

Some palettes come filled with paint. Some are made to simply use until the paint is gone, then discard. Others have plastic or metal pans that can be removed to switch out with other colors, and to refill and keep using.

Others include empty pans, which you can fill using watercolor paints that come in tubes. It is easy to fill your own pans. You fill them with tube water color paints, and let them dry overnight. If you look at the sources listed above, or search online, you will discover lots of approaches for selecting the colors for a palette. You might decide that you need more than one, or that you will change for the seasons, or for travel.

The term “palette” also refers to the sectioned dish you can use to mix paints. They come in all sizes and in plastic or porcelain. For on-the-go painting, the lid of the paintbox works just fine.

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This small Cotman set is great for mobile painters. When you use up the paints, you can refill the pans with paints from tubes. Cotman paints come in 40 colors, so you can customize your palette to your liking. If you are in Boulder, Two Hands Paperie carries these sets.

The Portable Palette is a fold-up plastic painting set up, and the stand doubles as a water reservoir.

MEEDEN Empty Watercolor Tins Palette Paint Case Metal Box with 12 Transparent Half PansThis type of empty palette comes in all sizes, from this small one to styles that fit 48 pans. 

Travel Painter Palette with Brush

Pans are removable in these options so you can easily change your color combinations.

 

If you want to be really mobile, you can buy or make tiny palettes in mint tins. Here is a how-to tutorial and detailed description of options on the Scratchmade Journal website.

 

This set of brushes offers a flexible assortment. Another travel option is the type of brush that has a protective cap. See a review of travel brushes on the Scratchmade Journal site.

Reviews & comparisons of travel pocket brushes for watercolor - ScratchamadeJournal.com

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From my kitchen table to you!

From my kitchen table to you!

Wish You Were Here – Postcards on the Go!

Sometimes we are inspired by travel or a hike in the beautiful Colorado outdoors. But when the temperatures hover at freezing, I look for inspiration at home, and opt for the kitchen table instead of plein aire.

Join me for a workshop at Two Hands to learn some basic watercolor and penmanship techniques you can use for art cards that will stand out in our email/text/information overload world and brighten your friends’ mailboxes!

Saturday, April 13, 1- 4 pm
at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado.
Register for the class. Note: FOUR spaces left as of March 6.

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Author Webinar Recording Available

Author Webinar Recording Available

Getting along with others is foundational to success in personal and professional life. In an increasingly diverse and complex world, we need to overcome distance and tight schedules to achieve shared goals. But how do we learn to work together if our learning experiences focus on individual performance? In this webinar we’ll use Janet Salmons‘ Taxonomy of Collaboration as a framework for understanding dynamics of the collaborative process. We’ll discuss ways to embed collaborative skills-building into assignments, courses, and/or curricula that engage students of all ages.

 

 

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