JetPens Blog 2016-06-26T13:16:13-04:00 Zend_Feed_Writer JetPens <![CDATA[Brush Lettering for Beginners]]>
Brush Lettering for Beginners

Lettering with brush pens is a fun way to flex your calligraphy muscles without having to reach for messy dip pen nibs and inks. These portable pens provide greater line variation and the ability to create larger letters compared to traditional calligraphy nibs. Although more casual than most forms of calligraphy, it does take some patience and practice to learn how to use a brush pen. In this article, we’ll be teaching you how to create beautiful script using brush pens and throwing in some tips and tricks along the way.

2016-06-21T14:31:27-04:00 2016-06-21T14:31:27-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Stationery That Travels Well]]>
Stationery That Travels Well

Millions of people venture onto the road and into the sky every year to explore unfamiliar sights, foods, and experiences through travel. If you’re one of them, you know that packing the right equipment makes]]>

2016-06-14T16:22:08-04:00 2016-06-14T16:27:11-04:00 Kristin
<![CDATA[The Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen: A Classy, Yet Cheap Fountain Pen that Writes Like a Dream]]>
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pens

Fountain pen users are a diverse bunch, but most are searching for that one special pen that combines everything they need in one small package. It should be comfortable to use. It should be attractive. It should fit the personality of its owner and should not break the bank. Above all, it should write well.

Unicorns don’t exist, but that special pen does.

Enter the Pilot Metropolitan. This smooth-writing pen quickly became the go-to beginner fountain pen when it came out, but also won over fountain pen enthusiasts with its smooth writing action, classic looks, and low price.

2016-06-07T09:30:22-04:00 2016-06-07T09:33:42-04:00 Kristin
<![CDATA[New Products: Field Notes Sweet Tooth, FriXion Stamps, Stabilo 68, MT Washi Tapes, Tape Cutters, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

This week's new arrivals are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth! Choose from fruity pocket notebooks, yummy erasable stamps, colorful markers, and whimsical washi tapes.

2016-06-02T10:29:09-04:00 2016-06-02T14:18:53-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Thoughtful Wedding Favors that Won’t Break the Bank]]>
Wedding Favors

For those who want to send their guests home with more than a full belly and a smile, wedding favors are a great way to show your appreciation.]]>

2016-05-31T09:18:26-04:00 2016-05-31T09:18:26-04:00 Kristin
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Father's Day Giveaway]]>

Show your father how much you appreciate him with this classy set! Featuring the rugged Render K and a spiffy leatherette notebook to match, we're giving this set away to one lucky winner.

2016-05-27T16:53:21-04:00 2016-05-27T16:53:21-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Regal Pen Folio, Zipper Pouches, Leonardt Dip Pen Nibs and Nib Holders, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

Sleek, smart, and sophisticated, this week's arrivals add a touch of class to any stationery collection. Keep reading to find out more.

2016-05-26T10:45:41-04:00 2016-05-26T10:46:49-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Brush Pens for Comics]]>
Brush Pen For Comics

Sherlock Holmes would agree—there's nothing elementary about the way a brush pen is able to bring stories to life. Comic artists often rely on brush pens to convey expression and movement in a way that technical drawing pens cannot. Although it takes a certain amount of practice and dexterity to wield these tools, you don't have to be Picasso to appreciate their utility. Keep reading to find out what brush pens we enjoy using to draw comics.

2016-05-24T11:02:01-04:00 2016-05-24T11:03:37-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Q&A with Waldmann CEO Stefan Schnirch]]>
Q&A with Waldmann CEO Stefan Schnirch

Nestled in the Black Forest town of Pforzheim, the Waldmann company has been hand crafting exquisite pens and pencils since 1918. Made famous for their revolutionary twist-action multi pens and pencils, today they are particularly known for their distinguished collection of writing instruments made from solid sterling silver. We had the pleasure of interviewing Waldmann CEO Stefan Schnirch about the about the company’s history and philosophy, as well as his personal recommendations on caring for sterling silver pens.

2016-05-24T09:39:48-04:00 2016-05-24T09:40:07-04:00 Ryan
<![CDATA[New Products: Lamy Safari Dark Lilac, Palomino Blackwing Pencils, Pepin Coloring Postcards, Coloring Books, Pen Caps, Gel Pens, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

We can't get enough of coloring! Whether it's postcards or books, find the tools that you need to satisfy your coloring cravings.

2016-05-19T12:52:37-04:00 2016-05-19T12:52:37-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Fine-Tip Gel Pens]]>
Guide to Fine-Tip Gel Pens

If crisp, fine lines are what you crave in an everyday writing instrument, nothing beats a fine-tip gel pen. Ballpoints and rollerballs have their place, but as a certified pen fanatic who's tried everything from a Bic to a Montblanc, nothing beats the precision of the fine-tip gel pens we'll be covering in this guide.

Comparison of tip sizes in millimeters (mm).
For the best fine-tip gel pens around, we need to look to Japan. Here in North America, a 0.5 mm gel pen is considered fine or even extra fine. In Japan, fine tip gel pens range from 0.4 mm down to 0.25 mm—0.5 mm doesn’t even make the cut. Take a look at this comparison to see just how much finer these pens are than a typical 0.5, 0.7, or 1.0 mm gel pen.
2016-05-17T16:59:31-04:00 2016-05-17T16:59:41-04:00 Ryan
<![CDATA[New Products: Orenz Mechanical Pencils, Clairefontaine Coloring Books, Ziller Nib holders, Speedball Nibs, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

From coloring books to nibs and nib holders, let your creativity flow through coloring or calligraphy! Keep reading to see the rest of our new arrivals.

2016-05-12T11:27:24-04:00 2016-05-12T11:27:24-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Adult Coloring Supplies]]>
Adult Coloring Book Tools

Who said coloring was just for kids? Grown-ups everywhere are joining in on the fun and for good reason—coloring creates a space for people to relax, let go of any anxieties, and practice mindfulness. It's also a wonderful outlet to be creative and have fun! While kids use crayons to do their coloring, adults can take advantage of more sophisticated tools. From markers to brush pens to even watercolors, come along as we explore the fantastic world of adult coloring supplies.

2016-05-10T10:02:12-04:00 2016-05-10T10:02:12-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: Standing Pen Cases, Molotow ONE4ALL Markers, Doane Paper Moon Camera Journals, Declan Floral Word Notebooks, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

This week is all about bright, fun colors! Check out our new standing pen cases, paint markers, notebooks, and more.

2016-05-05T11:51:05-04:00 2016-05-05T11:51:05-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[The Pilot Petit Pen Series: A Rainbow of Cute, Cheap Pens that Work When You Need Them]]>
Pilot Petit Pens

They may make you feel like Gulliver on his travels, but don’t be fooled by their size, price, or cute styling - the Pilot]]>

2016-05-03T10:00:25-04:00 2016-05-03T11:02:57-04:00 Kristin
<![CDATA[Pen Perks: Watercolor Supplies Giveaway]]>

Have you seen our latest Guide to Watercolor Supplies? We're giving away this watercolor supplies set to one lucky winner!

2016-04-29T16:41:26-04:00 2016-04-29T16:41:26-04:00 Miriam <![CDATA[New Products: Watercolor Brush Pens, Water-Soluble Pencils, Watercolor Paper, Kneaded Erasers, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

Let your inner artist run wild with this week's new arrivals from watercolor brush pens, paper, and even graphite pencils!

2016-04-28T10:00:38-04:00 2016-04-28T10:00:38-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Guide to Watercolor Supplies]]>
Guide to Watercolor Supplies

Watercolors bridge the space between dream and reality—soft washes of color seamlessly blur together with an ethereal quality. If creating a watercolor masterpiece seems like an impossible task, don't fret; it may be easier than you imagine. Admittedly, the sheer number of watercolor tools—paints, markers, pencils, and more—can be intimidating for a beginner. To help narrow down the choices, we're introducing some of our favorite watercolor supplies and throwing in some tips and tricks along the way.

2016-04-26T09:53:56-04:00 2016-04-26T15:17:15-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[New Products: TWSBI Green Diamond AL Fountain Pens, Lamy Charged Green Ink, Apica CD Notebooks, Kaweco Demin Pouches, and More!]]> JetPens New Arrivals

New products are in!

Happy Earth Day everyone! As you may know, green is our favorite color, so we're especially excited for this week's green-filled new arrivals, including the green TWSBI Diamond 580 AL fountain pens and Lamy Charged Green ink.

2016-04-21T10:11:27-04:00 2016-04-21T10:11:27-04:00 Miriam
<![CDATA[Eco-Friendly Pens]]>
Eco-Friendly Pens

Doing our part to help protect the environment is important—and getting more important every day. Even seemingly small steps, like choosing reusable and responsibly made pens, can add up to a big difference over time. For a bit of perspective, Bic has sold over 100 billion disposable pens since 1950. If all those pens were lined up end to end, they could circle the Earth 350 times.

Using an environmentally friendly pen doesn't have to be a sacrifice. In fact, you may even be using one already without realizing it! In this article we'll share our favorite eco-friendly pens, many of which are already extremely popular due to their great quality and performance.

2016-04-19T10:11:07-04:00 2016-04-19T10:11:07-04:00 Ryan