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  • 9 Stationery-Inspired Halloween Costumes

    Halloween's always a load of fun and a great excuse to play dress-up, especially if you're going to a costume party.

    So why not take the opportunity to flaunt your stationery geekery?

    There are any number of costumes you can buy or make that will show off your favorite pens, pencils, and paper. We'll show what a few people have done in years past, then we'll toss out a couple of ideas of our own.

    Now fire up your imaginations and let these costumes inspire you.

    Courtesy: Jade Brady, www.jadebradymakeup.blogspot.com Courtesy: Jade Brady

    UK make-up artist Jade Brady put together this simple, but terrifying costumer of the old pencil-up-the-nose joke gone wrong. See more of her SFX work at her blog.

     

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    Kid's felt Crayola costume going for £10 on eBay. There are other colors, too, including blue and green. Continue reading

  • Pens-Only Classrooms At University

    laptops in the classroomWith everyone back in school, I thought it might be a good time to revisit a topic that pops up in university classrooms every year: the banning of laptops.

    The Globe and Mail reported in August that it's becoming standard practice in Canadian universities to prohibit laptops from lecture halls. American universities are also getting on board with no-laptop policies, as the campus newspaper of the University of North Carolina explained earlier this year. In the UK and Europe, while banning laptops seems to be less widespread, it isn't entirely uncommon.

    Typically, it's not the universities, but specific professors who tell students at the beginning of the year that laptops are verboten and that classrooms are pens-only. Some even include it in the syllabi.

    Why? Continue reading

  • Penthusiasm!

    Tina at Fueled by Clouds & Coffee test drives the Pilot Parallel pen.

    Angela at Paper Lovestory stocks up on stationery for the new school year.

    Ian at Pens! Paper! Pencils! spends a week in Italy with his pencils.

    Nifty at Notebook Stories unlocks Pete Doherty's prison notebooks.

    Azizah at Gourmet Pens weighs the Lamy Logo fountain pen.

    Michael at Inkdependence samples Franklin-Christoph Terra Firma ink.

    JD at Kicking Ass and Taking Notes works out a system for organizing notebooks.

    The Unroyal Warrant reviews the Namiki Yukari Royale Vermilion fountain pen.

    Maybelline at On Fountain Pens chronicles the Montblanc Writers Edition Leo Tolstoy 1868 fountain pen.

    Matthias at Bleistift gets technical with the Zebra DelGuard mechanical pencil.

  • The World In Pens

    Teacher Josh Giesbrecht makes the case in the Atlantic that it isn't technology causing the decline in handwriting; it's the humble ballpoint pen.

    The Wall Street Journal recounts the story of how a man tracked down one of the Parker pens Admiral Chester Nimitz used when he signed Japan's surrender to the US at the end of WWII. (subscription required)

    Sharpie and Paper Mate pen companies spend more on advertising in the US than any other brand, according to an interesting article in Broadcasting & Cable.

    Looks like Donald Trump writes all his poison pen letters in Sharpie, says this article on Mediaite.

    Religion News Service explores the idea that adult coloring is not only good for your mental health, but may also boost your spiritual well-being.

    A college student heaps adulation on a showing of drawings by Kurt Vonnegut (yes, drawing, not writing), in a column for the Cornell Daily Sun.

    MPs paid an artist £17,000 to create an amazingly detailed drawing that depicted the Britain's 2015 election, and the Mirror offers a close-up examination of all its bits.

    Doodling in the workplace can aid productivity and help communicate big ideas to your co-workers, according to Business 2 Community.

  • Interview: Pen-And-Ink Illustrator Rob Turpin

    While we all love pens in their various incarnations, ultimately, they're just the tools that channel the creativity of craftsmen, both artistic and practical.

    Here at Tiger Pens, we're all about those craftsmen, the pens they use, and what they choose to do with them. So it's always exciting for us when one chooses to share his story with our readers.

    Today, it's Rob Turpin, an illustrator known for his sci-fi and fantasy-inspired drawings done in pen and ink.

    This is our interview with him.

    Please tell us a little about you.

    Originally from Yorkshire, but now living in the suburbs of southwest London, I trained and worked as a graphic designer before making the leap in to illustration. I’ve just completed my first book illustration project, and I’m working on another about robots. Continue reading

  • Penthusiasm!

    Brian at OfficeSupplyGeek clicks through the Rite in the Rain mechanical pencil.

    Ray at The Fountain Pen Quest runs Faber-Castell Garnet Red ink through his Christoph Model 20.

    Christine at Pentulant offers a close-up of Rohrer & Klingner Konigsblau ink.

    Rhonda at The Blog of Rhonda Eudaly gives good marks to the Sakura Ballsign Knock gel pen.

    Angela at Paper Lovestory admires the Pilot Vanishing Point.

    Nifty at Notebook Stories opens up her latest completed Moleskine sketchbook.

    Azizah at Gourmet Pens fills her fountain pen with Pelikan Edelstein Topaz ink.

    Stephanie at Rhodia Drive points the way to fountain pen fandom.

    Peaches at the Pentel Blog dresses up ordinary notebooks in tissue confetti.

    Mary at From the Pen Cup marvels at the Montegrappa DC Comics Penguin Fountain Pen. (Sorry DC, couldn't help it.)

  • Sharpie Nail Art

    I'm forever amazed at the things that people can do with Sharpie markers.

    So I was fascinated when I stumbled across a YouTube video explaining how to blend markers and nail polish to make brilliant Sharpie nail art.

    I've seen Sharpie nail art before, but this takes it to a whole other level. Australian Jema uses three different colors of Sharpies diluted with acetone to mix her own unique color, which she puts over a white base and then seals.

    Continue reading

  • Penthusiasm!

    Ian at Pens! Paper! Pencils! uncaps the Blank Forces X1 and X2.

    Matthias at Bleistift introduces us to his Lamy Line Friends.

    Austin at Art Supply Critic finds the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pen manga set to be incomplete.

    Angela at Paper Lovestory recalls the stationery she used during her first two years of medical school.

    No Pen Intended gets serious with TUL pens.

    Amanda at Pens Paper Ink judges Sheaffer calligraphy pens.

    Lito at Palimpsest calls attention to the pen seller of Beirut.

    Azizah at Gourmet Pens sizes up the clear Gama Jumbo fountain pen.

    Stephanie at Rhodia Drive recounts the reviews of J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor ink.

    Michael at Pensninks explores iterations of the Montblanc Meisterstück fountain pen.

  • Pen and Ink Sketches From 17th Century Georgia

    If you keep a sketchbook, this might interest you.

    Georgia Today had an article recently about some pen-and-ink sketches by a 17th-century Italian missionary named Christophoro de Castelli.

    Apparently, he spent 22 years travelling in the country of Georgia, and kept a series of books in which he sketched landscapes and scenes of life in the Eurasian region.

    De Castelli's pen and ink sketches and notes fill seven volumes and those available online are worth perusing. (UC Berkeley has many of the same and a few additional sketches by De Castelli.) Continue reading

  • Artist Turns Rocks Into Doodlestones

    (Update: Bryan Payne's mother Barb just let us know that there is a DoodlestonesUK community on Facebook.)

    doodlestoneOK, this is a project that should go global. We're going to say right up front, we'd love to see this happening in the UK.

    What "this" do we mean?

    Doodlestones, a project created by a man in St. Louis, Missouri named Bryan Payne. He uses markers to draw faces and other features on small, flat stones, then hides them in places around town. Sometimes, he lays them flat in an unobtrusive spot, other times he uses Scotch mounting putty to attach them to surfaces.

    (Payne told us he uses Faber Castell India ink art pens: "I love them, but wear the nibs down pretty fast.")

    Upworthy.com has done an excellent profile of Payne and Doodlestones. From the article:

    Each stone comes from a river in his home state of Missouri. On each stone, he writes "#doodlestone," the date, and "finders keepers."

    He posts photos of the doodlestones on the project's Facebook page with small clues and geotags. People can use those clues to help hunt down the doodlestones. (You can see more photos of his doodlestones at Payne's Instagram account.) They can also create and leave their own.

    The Facebook page seems to have been started in early August and already has more than 3,000 likes. People are starting to post photos of their doodlestones, with hints about where they are hidden.

    Payne told Upworthy he started it to connect people in the St. Louis area, which has been troubled since the shooting of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson last year. He seems to be accomplishing that.

    It would be such a cool thing if a project like this would start in the UK. With so many wonderful and talented artists here, surely it would not be difficult.

    If anyone were to do it, you can be sure that you'd get as much notice from Tiger Pens Blog as we could give. Projects like this should be celebrated. If anyone makes an attempt, please let us know.

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