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November 23, 2011 - Posted by Brad Dowdy to Felt / Porous Tip Markers
We all have a creative side, and wether that is on display publicly in our artwork, or tucked away privately in our journal, there is one pen that can handle it all: the Sakura Pigma Micron.
The Micron has been a long time favorite of artists, illustrators, crafters, writers, and just about anyone with a need for a high quality pen that they can count on. Why is it so popular? It is all about the ink.
The pigment ink used by Sakura was created over 25 years ago, and is widely known for its archival quality. The ink is permanent, waterproof, fade resistant, and doesn't bleed, smear, or feather on most paper types.
When customers are looking for an archival quality pen, the Pigma Micron is at the very top of the recommendation list. That alone makes this pen a JetPens Classic.
How do you use your Sakura Pigma Micron?
We introduced 78 colors of Diamine Fountain Pen Ink in September (now up to 80!), and now we have the ink swabs to match. This image is available on the product page of each individual ink color, and is now posted here for reference purposes.
What is your favorite color?
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Our new stackable crayons from Baby Color are perfect for the young ones on your holiday shopping list!
These uniquely shaped crayons are designed with little hands in mind, and are easier to hold than traditional skinny stick crayons. The still have a nice fine tip though, which will give you the precise lines you need for outlining and coloring in smaller details.
The crayons are made with an all-natural vegetable-based formula, that will give you peace of mind during drawing time. As a bonus, they stack on top of each other like building blocks, which will give you a few more minutes of rest while your little ones are preoccupied with play time.
Available in Basic Color sets and well as a Pastel Color set, the Baby Color Stackable Crayons Bits are sure to bring a smile.
New Products: Stipula Passaporto Fountain Pen, Rotring Rapid Pro Ballpoint Pen, Tombow Mono NP Non-PVC Erasers, and More!
November 17, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Announcements
New products are up on the site today, just in time for your holiday shopping!
JetPens is excited to bring in a new brand from Italy: Stipula! The Stipula Passaporto fountain pens are compact little gems that use international short size ink cartridges, but area also perfect for an eyedropper conversion. Each Passaporto fountain pen even comes with its own glass eyedropper for direct ink barrel filling.
We are also happy to introduce the eagerly anticipated Rotring Rapid Pro ballpoint pens! These pens are a beautiful addition to our expanding Rotring selection, and have a metal body for a great weighted feel in hand. They even conveniently refill with the Parker Gel Ink refills, for those of us that prefer smoother gel ink.
Another great new item is the Tombow Mono NP Non-PVC Eraser (available in both Large and Small sizes). Some of you may remember the original Tombow Mono block erasers we used to carry, that can no longer be imported due to US government restrictions on the material composition. Fortunately, Tombow has released a non-PVC version of these excellent erasers, that you can find at JetPens!
Take a look at all of our new items here. Happy shopping!
Each month JetPens likes to highlight a customer who is also an artist that uses JetPens products. This month we are happy to feature Adam Smith.
His bio, straight from the man himself:
"I was born in 1983 in ever-shrinking rural Pennsylvania in a small town called Worcester, about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia.
I have always been drawing, creating, taking things apart and putting them back together (although not necessarily the way they were before.) As a kid, when my mom wouldn’t let me have toy guns I was left to my wits to fashion them out of legos. This inherent creativity lasted through high school and eventually led me to the Savannah College of Art and Design. I began my college career as an animation major then realized that I was born to create by getting my hands dirty and switched to the metals and jewelry department where I graduated in 2005 with a BFA.
After graduating SCAD I hung around Savannah for a couple years working as a mechanic in a bike shop and as "grillmaster" in a sandwich shop, as well as general ruckus causer. In 2008 I moved back north to Philadelphia. You can find me part time at the Trophy Bike Garage and the rest of my time is spent at Part Time Studios.
Since I graduated from SCAD my work has evolved from jewelry to 3-D box format sculpture (often compared to Joseph Cornell). In the last year or so I've evolved from 3-D to 2-D. I'm just up to my ankles in the world of painting and screen printing, but I'm more comfortable now in what I'm doing than I have been in years."
Give us a little insight as to how you use our JetPens products in your illustrations.
"Most of my work features heavy black line work, sometimes incorporated into a watercolor painting, and sometimes as the sole medium. The three JetPens that I use the most are the Copic Multiliner 0.7, Pilot Double Sided Brush Pen, and the Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen in white. The Copic is a good, sturdy liner that I use for the majority of my line work. The Pilot would technically be classified as a brush pen, but the tip is more stiff and durable. I can get more variable line weights with it. The Uni-Ball Gel Pen is the most opaque gel pen I've found, which makes it invaluable for adding white details over black, or making corrections to black pen work. When I make watercolor paintings, I always ink the black outlines before painting, so my pens need to be able to hold up to the water, which all three of these have shown to do."
Thanks for sharing with us Adam! You can view more of Adam's work at DearAdamSmith.com and follow him on Twitter @dearadamsmith.