Fountain Pen Sketching: One month later and a big interview coming up

January 21, 2016 | 7 Comments


If you somehow missed it… During December I did a big series on using fountain pens for sketching, and I thought some of you might be interested in what has changed since then – if anything. (Who am I kidding – of course there has been changes!)

Basically not a lot in terms of my core sketching pens. However I have:

  • Started using two pens that I didn’t highly recommend in my review of basic pens – Platinum Plaisir and Pilot Prera. It wasn’t that they are not good pens, but just that they are a little more pricey than the other options. I am not saying that I recommend you go out and buy them, but I am excited that I have found a use for them. I am using Preppys (or is it Preppies?)  for all my work writing (and especially my Get To Work Book) and the Plaisir is more robust to be in my kit. I am a little obsessive about being neat in my planner and using the same pen throughout.  I am also loving the Pilot Prera for general handwriting!
  • Added a white ink pen to my kit.
  • Decided to revisit Noodlers Bulletproof Ink in a Noodlers Konrad Pen… more about this later.


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AND… some big news….

I have been asked by Goulet Pens to be a guest on Brian’s Q&A next week – wow! super excited!

We are both serious about fountain pens (ie. seriously obsessive about them!) and if Tuesday’s test skype chat is anything to go by it will be a LOT of fun! I can’t wait!

So, let me know if you have any questions that you would like us to discuss.

If you don’t know about Brian and his Q&A – check it out here.

7 Comments

  • Carol Beckx says:

    That's great I love listening to Brian – all,sorts of random useful fountain pen info. Looking forward to the interview, Liz.

  • Hi Liz! How exciting! I have a question about starting a new nib with a ilder body. i'm working on a new 1.5 Lamy nib with a Safari pen. I changed out the M nib and it's not flowing as well as my other Lamy's. I'm a calligrapher so I know my lettering and tried a few tests but I feel the ink isn't flowing as well as I'd like it to flow. Any suggestions?

  • This isn't really a pen question, but your writing looks so smooth with all the fountain pens. What nib are you using? It's nice and semi full. So far I've tried the calligraphy nibs 1.1, 1.5 and it was very scratching (on the Lamy joY) I thought maybe it was the way I was holding the pen. I have since tried a safari with a F nib and I do really like it but the writing is still not as full as I'd like it. Yours looks awesome. I'm guesstimating its the nibs your using. From you blogs, I gather its a F nib but it looks so much fuller than my text! Please advise! Thanks!

  • I would love to hear a discussion of traveling esp by air with pens and inks. Thanks again for the fountain pen series. I learned alot. I love my new green Sailor Fude. Surprisingly I got the knack of sketching with it right off. It is so nice with a good shading ink like Noodler's Lexington Grey.

  • I would love to hear a discussion of traveling esp by air with pens and inks. Thanks again for the fountain pen series. I learned alot. I love my new green Sailor Fude. Surprisingly I got the knack of sketching with it right off. It is so nice with a good shading ink like Noodler's Lexington Grey.

  • Dionne says:

    How awesome, I watch his Q&A almost every week and am a total fountain pen addict too. I wanted to know if you sketch most of the time with permanent ink and if so how do you correct any mistakes?

  • Liz Steel says:

    thanks everyone – hoping to chat to Brian this week (a massive snow storm last week meant we had to postpone!

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