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Review: Ooly Splendid Pen

I was up in Ballard recently to drop off copies of my new horror zine, SEARCH PARTY, at Push/Pull. Afterwards, I poked around the neighbourhood a little.

Market Street is aptly named as there are tons of nice little shops lined up along it and near to it, including various things of interest to me: an art supply store, an independent book store, an antiques and curiosities shop, and a few print and frame shops.

I was browsing Annie’s Art & Frame when I found a fountain pen I’d never seen or heard of before — Ooly’s Splendid pen. At a whole $6, I, of course, couldn’t resist.

Pen display at Annie’s Art & Frame.

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Review: Ohuhu Calligraphy Brush

A familiar story: I needed a few extra bucks of stuff to get free shipping on Amazon, so I searched for brush pens and grabbed a cheap one I hadn’t tried before.

No? No one else does this? It’s just me? Well, that’s how I ended up with the Ohuhu Calligraphy Brush, the first piston-fill brush pen I’ve ever encountered.

What a fancy box!

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2017 Artist Alley Survey results

The Convention Artist Survey Report for 2017 is finally done!

For 2017, 782 responses were collected for over 300 different conventions in 49 states and provinces. A new record!

2017 Convention Artist Survey Report

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Review: Copic Gasenfude brush pen

The Copic Gasenfude is a disposable, nylon bristle tip brush pen, and something I’d been wanting to try out for a while, since Copic’s only other brush pens, from the Multiliner series, are felt tips.

Copic Gasenfude US packaging.

The Gasenfude has been available in Japan a while, but not many reputable online retailers had it available until recently, when a version of it finally released for US markets. I picked one up from the Copic booth at Emerald City Comicon this year.

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Review: Kuretake ZIG Fudebiyori Metallic pens

On a routine pen refill order, I impulsed the Kuretake ZIG fudebiyori metallic pens in gold and silver to make free shipping.

Last year I played around with various gold inks and gold acrylic paint, but other than the tried and true Uni-ball Signo gel ink pens, I haven’t really tried many metallic pens and never a metallic brush pen… These were a lot of fun.

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