Day 245 of Project 365: Hand-lettering.

I managed a little hand-lettering practice before bed tonight. Cristina Vanko’s “Hand-Lettering for Everyone” is great stuff, especially for the typography basics. Ink: Diamine Ancient Copper Pen: Conklin All-American (1.1mm italic nib) Paper: Bloc Rhodia No. 16 Writing from: my study in Portland. Listening to: the freight trains.

Day 135 of Project 365: My shot.

This nasty little cold is all-consuming so all I’ve got today is doodling of a line from the musical “Hamilton” that I have been enamored with since last October. Inks: Noodler’s Apache Sunset & Diamine Ancient Copper Pens: Conklin All-American (1.1mm italic nib) & Esterbrook Dollar Pen (broad nib) Paper: Midori Traveler’s Notebook Refill 013Continue reading “Day 135 of Project 365: My shot.”

Day 134 of Project 365: Four-list method. 

Time to refocus on my health, now that the parental visit is over and I managed to catch a cold. I don’t do diets. Not being able to eat gluten is enough of a restriction for me, and I think that non-medically-mandated diets can encourage problematic relationships with food. I do, however, fully support reasonableContinue reading “Day 134 of Project 365: Four-list method. “

Day 104 of Project 365: Hang on tightly, let go lightly.

We all have those days. You know the kind. The emotional hits start and they keep on coming.  That’s when I turn to Jack’s mantra from “Croupier”, a favorite film of mine. And some pretty ink the color of well-loved blue jeans doesn’t hurt at all. Ink: Private Reserve Midnight Blues Pen: Pilot Vanishing PointContinue reading “Day 104 of Project 365: Hang on tightly, let go lightly.”

Day 101 of Project 365: Trying to define yourself.

We had a thought-provoking discussion with friends over dinner tonight. During a lull in the conversation, I glanced over at the server’s workstation and saw an Alan Watts quotation on it. It reminded me of my favorite Alan Watts quotation, so I decided to practice printing a bit. Ink: Noodler’s Apache Sunset Pen: Pelikan RubyContinue reading “Day 101 of Project 365: Trying to define yourself.”

Day 81 of Project 365: Two sunsets.

I adore Noodler’s Apache Sunset. Orange ink isn’t usually my thing but today’s Goulet Pens blog post inspired me to compare how the ink performs in two different pens. Because the Pilot VP medium nib doesn’t put as much ink on the page as the fine nib on the Pelikan M320 does, the shading is more subtle. I’mContinue reading “Day 81 of Project 365: Two sunsets.”

Day 67 of Project 365: Noodler’s Apache Sunset.

It was a long, dark time with only one bottle of ink, but I now have another one that brightens things up considerably: Noodler’s Apache Sunset. I’ve been interested in this ink for a while, and after seeing it perform in Brian Goulet’s review of his top seven shading inks I decided I’d shove myself out of my comfortContinue reading “Day 67 of Project 365: Noodler’s Apache Sunset.”

Day 34 of Project 365: Emerald.

The day I feared has arrived: one of the three fountain pens I filled right before Day 20 ran out of ink. (This photo-a-day project is handy because now I know how much ink my Conklin All-American holds, in days, which is more useful to me than milliliters.) Luckily for me, I married a manContinue reading “Day 34 of Project 365: Emerald.”

Day 27 of Project 365: January.

Today I missed a few opportunities for interesting photos: the view of Mount Tamalpais from my in-laws’ home, the all-but-deserted mall where FunkyPlaid and I got SIM cards for our phones, the tiny gopher nosing around the sunny back garden. And now I feel like I am coming down with a cold, so I thoughtContinue reading “Day 27 of Project 365: January.”