JetPens Blog 2015-10-05T04:39:20-04:00 Zend_Feed_Writer JetPens <![CDATA[Pen Perks: Ohto Graphic Liner Giveaway]]>

Have you seen our Guide to Technical Pens article? One of our favorite pens is the Ohto Graphic Liner. Three lucky winners will get the chance to try these amazing pens out!

2015-10-02T13:47:27-04:00 2015-10-02T13:47:27-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: A Colorful Burst of Gel Pens, Ballpoint Pens, Fountain Pens, Notepads, Index Cards, Sticky Notes, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

We're smitten with this week's colorful burst of gel pens, ballpoint pens, and page markers. If you're looking for something more understated, elegant fountain pens and luxurious memo pads complete this roundup.

2015-10-01T09:53:51-04:00 2015-10-01T09:53:51-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Drawing Pens]]>
Guide to Drawing Pens

Ink is one of the most powerful mediums in art. Its strong lines and bold colors are difficult to replicate with other mediums, and its permanence allows us to enjoy work hundreds of years old. Historically, ink was applied with a brush or dip pen, but these methods are messy, difficult to transport, and take years to master.

The advent of the technical pen opened a new world for ink drawings. Though originally designed for architects and engineers, technical pens' predictability and portability have made them popular among artists. However, their high cost and maintenance-heavy tips were a barrier to entry for most “starving” artists.

To address the issue of cost, manufacturers changed the tip material from metal to plastic, making it cheaper to produce and removed any need for maintenance. Longevity was sacrificed but performance was actually improved in a certain way as plastic tips are capable of a wider range of drawing angles and don't need to be held perfectly perpendicular to the page to work. Thus was the drawing pen born.

2015-09-29T04:35:26-04:00 2015-09-29T16:46:32-04:00 Heidi
<![CDATA[New Products: Sketch Pads, Pen Cases, Sharpies, Mr. Sketch Scented Markers, Mighty Wallets, Washi Tape, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

A colorful explosion awaits you in this week's new arrivals! From water-resistant sketch pads to slim pen cases, colorful Sharpies to delectable scented markers, you're sure to find a new staple for your stationery collection.

2015-09-24T10:16:13-04:00 2015-09-24T10:16:13-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Picking the Perfect Pencil Hardness Grade]]>
Picking the Perfect Pencil Hardness Grade

For thousands of years, people have used graphite to exercise creativity and bring ideas to life. Graphite is the key component of modern day pencil lead—in fact, lead is a misnomer as it's actually made up of a mixture of graphite and clay. The formulation of this mixture determines its lead grade. The higher the proportion of graphite content relative to clay the lead has, the softer and darker the lead will be, and vice versa.

Lead grade is an important consideration for both the artist and writer. The hardness of a lead affects its strength, smoothness, smudge resistance, and pigmentation. Writers can fine tune the darkness of their lines by moving a step up or down in lead hardness, while an artist can employ the full range of lead grades to achieve different effects.

2015-09-22T08:00:26-04:00 2015-09-22T09:49:26-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Campus Crush Giveaway]]>

School's back in session, and you happen to be sitting across from your crush in all of your classes. You have a chance to win this prize and impress your crush with these back-to-school items!

2015-09-18T17:16:33-04:00 2015-09-18T17:16:44-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Chic Fountain Pens, Cool Backpacks, Colorful Pen and Zipper Cases, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

This week, we have lovely and chic fountain pens by Waterman and TWSBI, colorful pen amd zipper cases, and fun BAGGU backpacks to put them all in!

2015-09-17T10:19:28-04:00 2015-09-17T10:19:28-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Dark Green and Dark Teal Fountain Pen Ink Comparison]]>
Dark Green and Dark Teal Fountain Pen Ink Comparison

Green is a powerful, vital color that has inspired people across times and cultures. Since the earliest days of history, it has been recognized as the color of strength and vitality. Using a dark green fountain pen ink is a great way to subtly imbue your writing with these positive qualities. Dark teal inks also possess these characteristics, adding to them the depth and sophistication of blue black inks.

Now, let's take a look at the rich and verdant world of dark green and dark teal fountain pen inks!

2015-09-15T14:39:41-04:00 2015-09-15T14:39:41-04:00 Ryan
<![CDATA[New Products: Karas Kustoms Pen Bodies, Word Notebooks, Rotring Isograph Pens and Ink, Jinhao Fountain Pens, Baggu Pencil Cases, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

This week is all about cool and modern design. Choose from industrial made-in-America pen bodies and notebooks, sleek technical drawing pens and ink, fun pen cases and more!

2015-09-10T09:46:22-04:00 2015-09-10T09:46:22-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Technical Pens]]>
Technical Drawing Pens

Technical drawing pens were originally designed for engineers and architects. However, their precision, quality, and reliability quickly made them a favorite among artists. The pens are ideal for anything from schematics to sketches: their needle-point tips deliver lines exactly along a ruler’s edge and their richly pigmented inks last for many years.

2015-09-08T10:00:08-04:00 2015-09-08T15:02:12-04:00 Heidi
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Back to School Giveaway]]>

We put together this back-to-school kit for one lucky JetPens fan! To find out how to enter, read on.

2015-09-04T13:52:50-04:00 2015-09-04T13:52:50-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Bag in Bags, Pouches, Notebooks, Screen Cleaners, Fabric Markers, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

There are always new things to add to your every day carry stash! From bag in bags to notebooks to fabric markers, see what our new favorites are after the jump.

2015-09-03T09:32:49-04:00 2015-09-03T09:32:49-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Pinterest Back-To-School Giveaway]]>

Welcome to Day 2 of our 10 Days of Giveaways! We're doing a Pinterest giveaway of some of our favorite back-to-school items that are perfect for animal lovers. Read on to find out how to enter.

2015-09-01T13:02:00-04:00 2015-09-01T13:04:12-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Water Brushes]]>
Guide to Water Brushes

Water brushes have changed when and where artists can paint. Whether it's hiking the Appalachian trail or piloting the Millennium Falcon, water brushes open a universe of possibilities for painting on the go.

What is a Water Brush?

A water brush is a reservoir of water attached to a brush. Water flow is controlled by a small plastic feed and can be increased by squeezing the barrel. Artists love their portability: water brushes can be filled from any source, remove the need for open water containers, and clean themselves through use.

2015-09-01T09:48:33-04:00 2015-09-01T09:48:52-04:00 Heidi
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: 10 Days of Giveaways Back-to-School Edition]]> JetPens 10 Days of Giveaways

We're kicking off back-to-school season with 10 days of giveaways starting next Monday! We'll be doing giveaways on all our social media sites for the next two weeks, so read on to find out how you can enter and more.

2015-08-28T14:54:54-04:00 2015-08-28T14:55:09-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Wise-Walker Tote Bags, Uni-ball Signo 307 Gel Pens, Fountain Pens, Fun Crossbody Bags, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

We're loving the large tote bags and small convenient crossbody bags featured in this week's new arrivals! Other standouts include the highly anticipated Uni-ball Signo 307 gel pens, Staedtler fountain pens and inks, and more.

2015-08-27T09:40:55-04:00 2015-08-27T09:40:55-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Choosing a Fountain Pen]]>
Guide to Choosing a Fountain Pen

For over half a century after the first modern fountain pen was created by Lewis Waterman in 1884, fountain pens were used for writing everything from grocery lists to historic treaties. Even in the age of ballpoint pens and word processors, fountain pens retain an undeniable allure. Read on to learn the important things to consider when choosing a fountain pen, or jump ahead to see our specific fountain pen recommendations.

2015-08-25T10:00:19-04:00 2015-08-25T16:25:45-04:00 Ryan
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Irojiten Color Pencil Giveaway]]>

5 lucky winners will get the covetable Tombow Irojiten Color Pencil Soft Primary Set with five beautiful color pencils. To see how to enter, read on!

2015-08-21T16:42:48-04:00 2015-08-21T16:43:06-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Fun Markers, Water-Based Crayons, Premium Sketchbooks, Artist Brushes, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

This week's new arrivals are sure to get your creative juices flowing! From colorful pens and crayons to color-changing markers to premium artist tools, find the best medium for your ideas to come to life.

2015-08-20T09:50:51-04:00 2015-08-20T09:50:51-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Life Notebooks, TWSBI Mini Fountain Pens, Nomadic Messenger Bags, Lihit Lab Pencil Cases, Brause Nib Holders and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

This elegant assortment of new arrivals adds a touch of class to any stationery collection. Whether you're fancying new notebooks, fountain pens, or bags, we've got you covered.

2015-08-13T09:35:51-04:00 2015-08-13T09:35:51-04:00 Miriam