August 4, 2015 - Posted by Heidi to Guides

Guide to Drawing Inks

Walk into any artist's studio, and you're sure to find a bottle or two of drawing ink. Inks are an invaluable tool to artists, due to their dark color, permanence, and their versatility and compatibility with a wide variety of drawing tools. But inks are not limited to professionals: students, hobbyists, and even those who just enjoy the feel of using ink straight from the bottle all can enjoy a good bottle of drawing ink.

July 28, 2015 - Posted by Ryan to Guides

In the age of computer-aided design software, drafting by hand may be turning into a lost art, but drafting pencils are still as popular as ever. Designed to stand up to the rigors of heavy-duty, professional use, they are a favorite among artists, designers, and anyone who values quality and reliability in their writing instruments. Let's explore the main characteristics of drafting pencils and take a look at some of our favorites.

Many fountain pen issues can be solved with a good cleaning, but some will require a slightly more advanced solution. If your fountain pen is scratchy, inconsistent, or just not writing quite the way you'd like, and if cleaning it hasn't solved the issue, read on for some more advanced tips and tricks.

Before attempting to tune a fountain pen, it helps to understand the basics of how they work. If you're new to fountain pens, check out How Fountain Pens Work.

July 14, 2015 - Posted by Miriam to Guides

Though we love scouring the world for the latest and greatest in stationery supplies, there are gems to be found right in our backyard. With its rich history in manufacturing, the United States is home to some of the best stationery companies. Keep reading to see some of our favorite brands that are carrying on the American tradition of in-house manufacturing.

July 7, 2015 - Posted by Ryan to Guides, Fountain Pens

Like any well-tuned machine, fountain pens need periodic cleaning to keep them performing their best. This article will cover the basics of fountain pen cleaning, as well as some advanced techniques for experienced users.