Ferris Wheel Press chooses the loveliest names for their products- as in the case of their refillable rollerball pen, the Roundabout. Here, refillable means with fountain pen ink– a delightful prospect for anyone who loves fountain pen inks, but can’t always use fountain pens. The rollerball tip means more compatibility with non-coated paper- it glides… Continue reading Roundabout Refillable Rollerball
The last time I played DnD before this year was in 1984. Yes, I’m that old. These last few months, I’ve played with two different groups- and loved it so much that today I took the time to write out my character description with a dip pen. Her name is Luna. A friend I played… Continue reading Rolling for Initiative
These two inks, and a fountain pen, were in my latest package from Ferris Wheel Press. Yes, a red and a green- absolutely perfect for someone who starts feeling Christmassy way too early (but this is a Filipino thing). I’ve talked about the Carousel fountain pen in a previous review. It’s only of my favorite… Continue reading FWP Cabernet on the Lake and Brilliant Beanstalk
Like many old-timer fountain pen users, I’ve learned to be careful with shimmer inks. They’re beautiful, yes- especially on certain types of paper- but they can also clog a feed. I’ve filled several pens with shimmer ink in excitement, only to have them stop writing after a word or two- or worse, never write at… Continue reading FWP Poison Envy Pen & Ink
Like most beautiful things, the Universal Line of Beauty is best seen, rather than explained in words. There’s something about this curved line that appeals to our eyes, a theory originated by Hogarth’s Analysis of Beauty in 1753. The Universal Line of Beauty can be seen and used in many different letterforms and flourishing techniques.… Continue reading The Universal Line of Beauty
Fall in love with your tools. Get to know every pen, every nib,you encounter- that goes for ballpoints and pencils, too. Learn howfar you can push them, what their “sweet spots” are, and how theywork with different inks and paper. Write with awareness. Know why you’re writing every time youpick up a pen. Make every… Continue reading 5 Steps to Mastering Beautiful Penmanship
Tapping on keyboards, swiping on screens, dictating to our devices… why write at all? Studies have shown that writing by hand helps memory and cognitive function, but it’s more than that; when you write with your hand, forming letters with your own fingers, you are expressing yourself in a way no one else in the… Continue reading Why Write?