JetPens Blog 2015-11-28T00:49:14-05:00 Zend_Feed_Writer JetPens <![CDATA[Pen Perks: Coloring Book Giveaway]]>

Two of Johanna Basford's popular coloring books are up for grabs today! We're pairing them with our favorite Irojiten color pencils. Read on to find out how to win.

2015-11-27T11:47:44-05:00 2015-11-27T11:47:44-05:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Pen Cases, Folders, Notebooks, Fountain Pens and Ink, Organizers, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

From cute and fun to charmingly vintage, we have a simple and classic fountain pen and ink, as well as products that will help you stay organized. Read on to see what's new!

2015-11-25T12:33:51-05:00 2015-11-25T12:33:51-05:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[JetPens Twelve Holiday Bundles]]>
JetPens 12 Holiday Bundles

JetPens is happy to present our 12 specially curated holiday bundles! Whether you wrap these bundles up as gifts for friends and family, or simply treat yourself to some new goodies, we hope they will bring lots of cheer this holiday season.

2015-11-24T12:12:27-05:00 2015-11-24T12:12:27-05:00 Elaine
<![CDATA[New Products: Derwent Inktense Pencils, Holbein Watercolors, Mini Sketchbooks, Artbird Crossbody Bags, Pen Cases, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

Artists rejoice! This week is all about you, with tools like the Derwent Inktense Pencils to Holbein watercolors to convenient mini sketchbooks. Read on to see what else is new.

2015-11-19T10:09:12-05:00 2015-11-19T10:09:12-05:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[JetPens Gift Guide]]>
JetPens Gift Guide

Just in time for the holidays, JetPens is proud to introduce our very first Gift Guide! In this busy season, the last thing you want to worry about is finding the perfect present for each person on your list. To make shopping for gifts easy and, dare we say, even fun, we've carefully curated guides that cater to everyone and every budget. Read on to see the complete list of guides.

2015-11-17T12:53:26-05:00 2015-11-17T12:53:26-05:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Gift Set Giveaway]]>

Holiday season is here! Whether you're shopping for loved ones or yourself, you can't go wrong with an all-in-one fountain pen gift set. One lucky winner will get this amazing set by Lamy--read on to see how to enter.

2015-11-13T15:17:24-05:00 2015-11-13T15:18:08-05:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Pouches, Field Notes, Karas Kustom Bolt Pens, Mini Calendars, FriXion Ball Slim Gel Pens, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

This week's new arrivals are perfect for taking with you on-the-go, from convenient pouches to slim Field notes and calendars to slim FriXion gel pens.

2015-11-12T10:41:04-05:00 2015-11-12T10:41:04-05:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Everyday Carry]]>
Everyday Carry

What have you got in your pocketses? Everyday carry (EDC) is all about taking time to deliberately consider the things we choose to carry with us on a daily basis. Whether they think about it or not, everyone has their own EDC kit, whether it's the basic triad of keys, wallet, and phone or a Ranger utility belt equipped for a quest to Mount Doom. Common choices for EDC gear include flashlights, utility knives, multi-tools, and (of course) pens and paper.

Benefits of EDC

There are several benefits to the everyday carry mindset:

(1) Preparedness

A well-selected set of EDC gear will keep you prepared and equipped for all the everyday tasks (and some not-so-everyday ones) you are likely to encounter. Whether it's a pen to write down an important idea or an elven cloak to keep you safe and dry, a small amount of preparation will save a lot of inconvenience and discomfort when it counts.

(2) Convenience

It's usually fine to coast through daily life without needing to carry your own supplies, but how many times have you had to use a restaurant's pen only to find that it won't write? Having your own EDC kit means always being able to use tools you like and are familiar with.

(3) Personal Satisfaction

Gathering your EDC can be deeply satisfying. Not only is it a way for you to express your personality and lifestyle, the peace of mind that comes from knowing you're prepared to deal with a variety of circumstances.

Inspired to give your everyday carry items a second thought? Let's take a look at what you should keep in mind when building your EDC, then explore some ideas and examples of things you might include.

2015-11-10T15:00:00-05:00 2015-11-10T15:28:29-05:00 Ryan
<![CDATA[New Products: JetPens Chibi 2, Lamy Gift Sets, Cubix Cases, Mark's Notebooks, Secret Garden Coloring Books, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

Who says grown ups can't have fun? From adult coloring books to beautiful Lamy fountain pen gift sets, this week is chock-full of fun!

2015-11-05T13:29:56-05:00 2015-11-05T13:29:56-05:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Pencil Cases, Pouches, & Rolls: A Comprehensive Guide]]>

In the wonderful world of pens and pencils, pencil cases often don't get the attention they deserve. Yet they are the ones who bring order to your collection of writing instruments while keeping them safe and out-of-the box new. We're turning the spotlight on pencil cases; whether you're a student, artist, working professional, or just need an all-around stellar pencil case, here are our hand-picked recommendations.

2015-11-03T10:10:52-05:00 2015-11-03T13:16:26-05:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Elegant Fall Giveaway]]>

One lucky winner will win this elegant set--including the luxurious Kaweco Allrounder Fountain Pen. Read on to find out how to enter!

2015-10-30T15:45:02-04:00 2015-10-30T15:47:36-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Pen Pals Interview: Eerie Folklore and Fantasy Illustrator Chris Volion ]]>
Pen Pals Interview: Chris Volion

An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Chris Volion is an illustrator whose incredibly detailed art is inspired by spooky superstitions and mythical folk tales.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Photo of Chris Volion
My name is Chris Volion and I am an illustrator.

I was born and raised outside of New Orleans, Louisiana but currently reside in Lawrenceville, Georgia with my wife Janet and our fur-babies: Pooch (Calico), Puddin: (Tabby), Zelda (mini schnauzer) and Luna (a mini schnauzer/crocodile hybrid).

Growing up in Southern Louisiana, I was exposed to local superstition and voodoo culture: fairy lights, spooks, and magical beings. To this day, eerie, mysterious, and broken things still interest me and have a huge influence on my art.

2015-10-30T10:00:39-04:00 2015-10-30T10:12:10-04:00 Elaine
<![CDATA[New Products: Uni Posca Paint Markers, Paper Mate Mini Ballpoint Pens, Sakura Study Sets, Kokuyo Enpitsu Mechanical Pencils, Faber-Castell Pitt White Pen, Etranger di Costarica Notebooks, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

This week's new arrivals feature our favorite multi-surface markers, cute mini ballpoint pens, magical study aids, white artist pens, notebooks, and more!

2015-10-29T13:11:53-04:00 2015-10-29T13:11:53-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Choosing White Gel Pens and Markers]]>
Guide to Choosing White Gel Pens and Markers

White ink creates unique contrast on dark colored surfaces, making it a valuable tool in the pen case of any artist, scrapbooker, cartoonist, or designer. We carry a large selection of white ink products for all types of applications, and have created this guide to help you navigate through our white wonderland.

Read on to learn more about white ink and find the ideal tool for your project!

2015-10-26T10:00:00-04:00 2015-11-03T11:54:44-05:00 Elaine
<![CDATA[New Products: Comic Pen Nib Holders and Nibs, Waterman Fountain Pens, Sakura Zentangle Pigma Micron Sets, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

Artists and writers alike will appreciate this week's batch of new arrivals. Artists can choose from new nib holders and nibs as well as specially curated Zentangle sets from Sakura. Writers will fall in love with Waterman's selection of elegant fountain pens and inks. Read on to find out more!

2015-10-22T10:02:15-04:00 2015-10-22T10:03:52-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[How We Love to Boldly Doodle]]>
The Doodle Frontier

A five-year mission exploring the galaxy sounds great—until you realize just how far it is between star systems. A month at warp speed can make those bulkheads seem to close in on you. It's a good thing the replicator can make you some paper and pens...

After having to deal with your crew mates leaving their 3D chess pieces all over Ten Forward for the last three weeks, you need a little relaxation therapy. Doodling lowers stress and anxiety and can focus your mind as you galavant across the galaxy.

Doodling isn't limited to Humans, either—even a Vulcan can join in on the doodling fun! Doodling is an educational, relaxing, and even profitable way to occupy your hands, mind, and time. No matter how far you trek across the stars, bring a pen—it's time to doodle.

2015-10-20T16:47:40-04:00 2015-10-29T09:54:16-04:00 Heidi
<![CDATA[#dearjetpens: JetPens Customer Creative Showcase]]>

Have you used your recent JetPens purchases to make amazing art, creative comics, or lovely lettering? Add your masterpiece to our customer showcase by tagging your creation with the hashtag #dearjetpens on your favorite social media site!

2015-10-20T11:49:40-04:00 2015-10-20T11:49:40-04:00 Elaine
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Watercolors Giveaway]]>

Create beautiful watercolor art and let your creativity flow free! One lucky winner will get this covetable watercolor set.

2015-10-16T15:10:21-04:00 2015-10-16T15:10:50-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Orenz High-Precision Mechanical Pencils, Otto Hutt Fountain Pens, Vision Quest Sticky Notes, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

Thin mechcanical pencils, elegant fountain pens, and spunky sticky notes are the newest additions to our line-up! Read on to see what else is new.

2015-10-15T10:19:22-04:00 2015-10-15T10:19:22-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Mechanical Pencils]]>
Guide to Mechanical Pencils

Did you know that mechanical pencils actually predate wooden pencils? Before people figured out how to make wood-cased pencils, refillable lead holders were used as the world's first pencils. Fast-forward through five centuries of innovation and refinement, and today the world is filled with a fantastic variety of fun and functional mechanical pencils to choose from.

Mechanical pencils remain hugely popular because they offer a number of advantages over both wooden pencils and pens:

Advantages of Mechanical Pencils...
Over Wooden Pencils:
  • Will never need sharpening
  • Create a more consistent line width
  • More comfortable
  • More compact
  • More durable
  • Don't change shape or balance over time as they are used
Over Pens:
  • Erasable
  • Will never skip, bleed, or feather
  • Will never leak and ruin your clothes
  • More archival—all inks eventually break down and fade, but graphite will last virtually forever!

Now, let's take a look at some considerations to keep in mind when choosing a mechanical pencil, then explore some specific mechanical pencil recommendations.

2015-10-13T16:25:10-04:00 2015-11-03T11:56:19-05:00 Ryan