Sunday, July 10, 2011
We had a wicked storm Friday night that woke me up at 2am (the dryer flap drumming against the side of the building and thunder shaking the floor). The sky was still dark all morning, but it broke up...
...to an afternoon of blue skies and cotton candy clouds again. I am loving these clouds!
That meant, to Karma's chagrin, the porch carpet was totally soaked yesterday. ;)
Okay, the teeny, tiny nib. I took the glue you are supposed to be able to use on metal and glued the nib to the post on that holder and let it sit overnight. But when I went to try to write with it...well, it fell apart right away. So much for that glue.
So, next--I scraped out the old glue and tried some gel super glue. I left that to dry overnight. But this time I hedged my bets. I took some one-inch wide red duct-type tape and cut off a couple inches. Then I had to cut it lengthwise into 1/3 inch strips (that's how tiny this nib is!) to wrap around the base of the nib and the post. I used all three strips.
This is how tiny this nib is against my finger. And--no--I don't have giant hands--LOL!
I wrote with this little nib (no problems with it falling apart this time!) and was so surprised at how extremely flexible it is! I added it's test on the bottom of the test sheets I had previously made for the fountain pens. I honestly didn't think it would be very usable, but it really is! And if you barely press on it you could probably get almost eyelash thin--yet when you pressed harder you could lines almost as thick as the parallel pens!! Amazing!
Meanwhile, I planned to test the new Sharpie stick pens and the resurrected old personal favorites--the Le Pens!!
So I thought I should also try my untested old set of Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens, too...
...since they all have similar tips.
The Triplus are these triangular shaped pens. May look weird, but they are comfortable in the hand.
So, I took the three sheets of sample paper that had the most bleeding, the two kinds I just bought from Office Max, and regular computer paper and tested away with all three types of pens.
The only one that bled through was the computer/typing paper.
Here's a closeup. You can see the shadow of the Sharpies on top. They did not bleed through the paper but they looked close to it. The LePens and the Triplus bled through the cheap computer paper in spots.
My ceramic cup got a bit full with the new pens jammed in there. I'll probably need to find a new home for them when I finally get the LePen set I forgot to order. I'm not sure I can fit many more of them in there, even if they are so skinny--LOL!
I was asked to explain about cutting off that first sheet in the journals. Here's the wider shot. In many journals or journal refills the very bottom of the first sheet (and the last one) is glued along the edge onto the cover.
I used a ruler and special cutter to trim away at the edge of the glued part of the page so it would be as neat as possible.
Here's the other journal, too.
And here's my special cutter I got from Levenger many years ago. I don't think they carry them anymore, but I have seen various versions for sale elsewhere over the years.
They are touted for cutting coupons because that teensy little blade you see below will cut through just one sheet of paper--or maybe two if it is thin and you press really hard. Another one of my odd tools that I have found many uses for over the years. ;)
Anyways, it was kind of nagging at me that the Sharpie pens looked like they would almost bleed and I had only used one type of cheaper paper so--for the fun of it, I took a sheet of computer paper and a sheet of regular lined notebook paper (or what we used to call school paper) and really went for it! Scribbing, writing very slowly, dots, crosshatching...
...and this is what I got.
(If you click on any of my photos they should enlarge for you.)
The computer paper (above) did have spots of bleed-through on all three pens...even the Sharpie stick pen. But, of course, a few spots is nothing like a regular Sharpie that bleeds straight through to the other side, right? The school paper did better with no actual bleed--had that close to it look, but didn't really. They all had dark shadowing on both, but these are very cheap papers. So--there you have it! I was surprised, to be honest, that I can probably use all three kinds in my bookcards. TaDa!
Oh, Brian Goulet made a video about the new Ink Drop and I didn't realize that (1) all the inks react to a black light and glow--even the highlighter inks, and (2) you can use the highlighter inks in a regular fountain pen. Not sure why you'd want to, but good to know that I could write an annoying fluorescent green letter if I so desired--ROFL!! ;)
Speaking of, my Goulet order didn't arrive on Saturday. :( But, then again, I had plenty to show you today without even more pictures, eh? Ahhh! The beginning of the month is such an exciting time--LOL!
I watched the last of True Blood Season Three. It didn't disappoint--left me hanging and wanting to know more. That show is soooo wild and crazy! You never know what they are going to come up with--creatures, plot twists, shock value tidbits. It is consistently and most definitely gruesome and gory, for those of you who don't care for that. Seems like every year they come up with some new supernatural creatures to deal with. Certainly not just a vampire show--hehe! Of course, you know me--I like variety. *says the girl who loves True Blood, Deadwood, and Dexter, but still cries every time she watches It's A Wonderful Life*
They're saying thunderstorms should be rolling in again later today...but for right now we have sunshine. Just an R&R day for me today. :):)
"As the sun shines upon my heart, so may my heart shine upon others."