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Clairfontaine paper is...
January 7, 2016
Clairfontaine paper is the best paper ever! I have several of these notebooks and am ordering more. The paper is extremely smooth, and writing on it with gel pens is like a dream. I have shared my love for Clairfontaine with other gel pen lovers, and they were amazed at how smooth the writing experience is on this paper. I use these notebooks as journals. This is the only journal I have written in consistently in my entire life. Even at the end, the notebook is flexible, and a pleasure to write in.
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When I first used these...
June 14, 2011
When I first used these pens, I was disappointed. Then I learned how to use them. Unfortunately, they are not as rasied as I thought they would be, but they are the best that I've ever seen! No more embossing ink pens, embossing powder and heating tools!!

First off, you say away from porous paper. The ink seeps into the paper and that's that. What you want to do is write something slowly, then let it dry. Then write on top of it, slowly... If you write too soon, the existing ink will just get gooey and be dragged by the tip of the pen. You want to write gently, too, so that the ink comes out, but the pen does not press onto the existing ink. If you write gently enough, ink flows right out of the pen, onto the existing ink. Writing larger helps because the ink comes out in a broad fashion, so you'll wind up with wider letters than expected.

The 3D effect is not terribly huge. The letters that you write are raised, though. I sent a birthday card to my boyfriend and I addressed his envelope with the black ink. I wrote his name and address in large letters, let that dry, then I added about 4 layers, letting each one dry completely. Remember, like with nail polish, if you try to write sooner than it dries, you'll just drag the existing ink and ruin the effect.

The pens are awesome for addressing letters, writing a greeting in a birthday card (like "Happy Birthday", not the actual note), writing a salutation on the front of a greeting card, coloring in stuff. They are awesome and they have a place in my craft pen collection forever.
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I LOVE these pens. I...
June 30, 2010
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I LOVE these pens. I bought about 10 of them and use them for everything. The ink smells like Sharpie's ink, but I don't care. The pen writes smoothly, it is thick and rich. The tip is shaped in a strange way so the ink comes out in a way where you can add embellishments to your letters. Even if I write sloppily, the way the ink appears on the page adds a calligraphic flair to it. This might have to be The Pen I Use. I WISH it came in more colors. I use RED all the time at work (it's a requirement) and I would only use this pen - blac, red and blue. That's all I'd need!
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