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January 21, 2014 - Posted by Miriam to Crafts / DIY

Chinese New Year is coming up soon! Also known as the Lunar New Year, this holiday is a time of celebration (and a lot of food) spent with family and friends not just in China but in other Asian countries and around the world. There are many customs that are observed during this holiday, but today, we want to introduce some traditional stationery items that pop up around this time of year and show you a couple pieces we made ourselves.

Red Envelope 紅包

Chinese red envelopes featuring different designs and even different colors!

January 15, 2014 - Posted by Elaine to Pen Perks

In our "Memo Pads and Other Pocket Picks" article, we shared some popular pairings for pocketable JetPens products. If we've piqued your curiosity with our pen and paper preferences (phew, that's a lot of P's!), now you have a chance to win some for yourself!

Three lucky winners will each receive the following:

Read on for more information on these products, and how to enter the giveaway!

New products are in!

We have a nice round of new products for you! Today is all about classic and cool designs for pens, pen cases, and notebooks. We're also itching to try our hands at calligraphy with some of our new brush pens and new metallic calligraphy pens! Keep reading to see which products caught our eye.

January 14, 2014 - Posted by Miriam to Guides, Journals / Notebooks

Here at JetPens, we have a soft spot for the memo pad and its casual, free form. It's there for you to jot down notes, observations, and ideas from those bouts of inspiration that come at any which time. Convenience, accessibility, and portability are what memo pads are all about.

Last year, we did a piece on the whys and wherefores of pocket notebooks and introduced some of our favorite ones. Today we want to follow up with a companion article and some fresh picks!

An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Arlen Dean is an artist from Sonoma County, California who takes pen perfection to the next level with his intricate artwork.

Arlen Dean
Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Arlen Dean, I am a 31-year old freelance artist and illustrator living in Sonoma County, California.

My work ranges from large canvas or poster board drawings, to exquisitely detailed ink works that I have to produce with the use of a microscope. Some of my other work involves hand drawing using a digital tablet, but in general I use traditional pen and ink more often.

I love creating detailed patterns and abstract line drawings, and I enjoy the process of careful design work.