fountain pens, inks, paper, calligraphy, writing, envelope art


Pelikan Pens

My photo is already out of date, but the best that I have at the moment. Pelikans continue to be my most used pens since piston fillers are easy for me to clean and are so reliable to write with.

Calligraphic Demos on DVD

Caliken now has a DVD with video demonstrations of various calligraphic hands on his site, Decorative Lettering. He’s a pro, so if you’d like to see how it’s done, these demos may be just what you’re looking for!

The Incredible Nib

The Incredible Nib is made of nylon acrylic fiber and comes in several nib shapes, i.e., deer foot, pointed, chisel edged, etc. I have the latter. Before use, one wets the nib and the nib will wick up liquid but doesn’t get soft and mushy like a sponge does. Some of the suggested uses are blending paints, lifting out, applying frisket, gouache, acrylic, and fabric paint. When I needed an easy to mail gift for my daughter, it occurred to me that a personalized tote bag would be ideal. I used “the nib” to apply pearlescent acrylic paint when lettering on the now very washed out tote bag shown below. The rose was also done with this paint. (Not all of the lettering was done with this “pen”.) The Incredible Nib can be sharpened or reshaped with sandpaper. I tried to reshape the small end of mine, but as I recall didn’t get it the way I wanted it. You can see that I somehow bent it in the process in the photo below. This tool can be found at Dick Blick, Pearl Art Supply, MisterArt and other places.



Well, really, it’s a Clairefontaine staple bound notebook. The company makes a variety of journals, but their notebook pictured here works well for me. It’s $6.oo, and the fountain pen friendly paper is a joy to write on!


Suede Pens

I’d almost forgotten about my suede pens. Haven’t used them in awhile, but they’re great for lefty overwriters like me when larger letters are called for.  Made of ultra-suede, they can be used with washable ink and watercolors. After use, it’s best to clean them immediately under a running faucet. They come in seven sizes beginning with 1/4″ and going up to one and one forth inches. Replacement suede is available (or at least used to be), though I haven’t seen even the pens for sale lately, except at John Neal Bookseller. You will find a link to his site on my sidebar. With these pens you can do the big, fun stuff! 🙂
Suede Pens 1/4" and 3/8"

Suede Pens 1/4" and 3/8"

Favorite Inks!

In this post are my keeper inks that I will rebuy if they are available; several have been discontinued. The rest of my inks, well I dunno. Sometimes it seems like it’s more trouble than it’s worth to sell them. I guess there have been worse dilemmas! 🙂

Just Wishing

I doubt–in fact, I know I’m not the only one that wishes that my pens that are worth a little more wrote as well as some of the el cheapo pens write. The two silver pens pictured below are the only silver pens that I have, neither of which have been star performers.

The Waterman is a family pen which I’ve had restored to pass along in the family. The Parker, which I bought in the 1970s, sat in my drawer for 25 years. I’m using it again now, occasionally, but it is finicky about it’s ink diet. It likes Lamy Turquoise, but I’m trying to coax it to try for a more balanced diet!

Parker 75 Cisele and Waterman 452 1/2v