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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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 posts:
Academic Writing with Pen in Hand. A blog post about my hybrid digital/analog writing style.
Guest Post: 5 Fountain Pens Under $50. In this guest post on the JetPens blog I reviewed some moderately-priced pens.

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Workshops at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado

Workshops at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado

Garden Fun

Wish You Were Here – Postcards on the Go! 

Information overload – everyone suffers from it now that text messages and emails are inescapable. How can you break though the inbox and catch someone’s attention? With an art card and handwritten note, of course!

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

 

pilot penHands-On Pens:

The fountain pen offers a unique and timeless writing experience. This workshop offers a hands-on experience that covers the basics of how to select, care for, and use a fountain pen for writing or drawing. 

This class was offered Friday, March 1st, 6:00-8:00 pm at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado.