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November 24, 2010

Ink Mixing With J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink

J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink is a limited edition red ink created to honor the 340th anniversary of the J. Herbin ink brand. Since it is only available for a short time, I thought I’d better start my experiments with this ink right away!

For this ink mixing experiment I used 5 parts of some common J. Herbin ink colors with only 1 part J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink. Here are some the the results:

Bleu Pervenche plus 1670 Anniversary ink creates a dark purple-grey color. It looks rather like a purple-black when writing with it.

Rose Cyclamen with 1670 Anniversary ink makes a color that I would call “fruit punch”. It makes me want to reach for a tall glass filled with ice and something delicious!

Bouton D’or and 1670 Anniversary ink created an amazing scarlet or vermilion color that I really love. It is a bright orange-red color even when you are writing with it.

Perle Noire with a touch of 1670 Anniversary ink makes a conservative espresso brown, or a black-brown color.

The next mix that I did is a little more complicated. I used green ink mixed from 5 parts Bouton D’or and 1 part Bleu Pervenche. This green turns out to be quite similar to J. Herbin’s Vert Pré. When you use 5 parts of this green and one part 1670 Anniversary you get a rich milk chocolate color with some very nice shading!

Finally, Violette Pensée and 1670 Anniversary ink makes a plum color that really reminds me of Cabernet Sauvignon wine. If you are a fan of red wine I think you’re really going to love this ink color! Hmmm…. I seem to be sensing a food theme for the ink color descriptions today. I think it’s almost dinner time as I write this post.

My favorites of this experiment are the scarlet, milk chocolate and wine colors. How about you? Do you think you might try mixing any of these or other colors yourself while the 1670 Anniversary ink is still available?

November 17, 2010

Gel Highlighters

With all of the highlighting that I do on a regular basis I was very curious to give STAEDTLER Textsurfer Gel and Y & C Hi-Glider Gel Stick highlighters a try.

Using these highlighters is somewhat like using a crayon that softly and smooooothly glides over the paper. The lead is made from translucent wax that is advanced by twisting the end of the highlighter barrel. It is not possible to post the cap on these pens so you need to be careful not to lose it.

Gel highlighters dry instantly and do not smudge. The STAEDTLER Textsurfer was developed especially for use with pigmented inkjet inks so it does not smear the printouts. It also has STAEDTLER’s DRY SAFE feature so it can be left uncapped for days without drying up. The Y & C Hi-Glider is very similar to the Textsurfer, so it may also have these same features.

If you like a highlighter that has a consistent line width with defined edges, gel highlighters are not for you. The gel highlighter lead is approximately 3/8” in diameter and writes in a soft line about 1/16” to 1/4” wide. Sometimes tiny bits of excess wax are left on the paper as you write, but I do not find this to be bothersome.

The most outstanding feature of these highlighters is that you can use them on paper that is of extremely poor quality or on very thin paper and the wax does not bleed through! The photo below attempts to demonstrate that a highlighter with regular ink bleeds through the thin paper of a dictionary, whereas the gel highlighter does not bleed through this thin paper at all.

STAEDTLER Textsurfer Gel highlighters are available in yellow, orange and pink. Y & C Hi-Glider Gel Stick highlighters come in yellow, orange, pink, green and blue.

Have you ever used a gel highlighter? What do you think of it?

November 10, 2010

One of a Kind Gift Ideas

It is unlikely that you will find these items on their registry or wish list! Show your loved ones that you know them well with these truly unique products that will surprise and delight them! 


J. Herbin Glass Pen - Surprisingly affordable, each one of these stunning pens is hand blown so each one is as unique as the person you are giving it to.

 

Platinum 3776 Series Music Nib Fountain Pen in Koi- This breathtaking pen is reminiscent of the glistening scales of a colorful koi fish. The 14K nib is three tined allowing for superior ink flow and italicized writing.

 

Aurora Optima Demonstrator Fountain Pen- The epitome of luxury boasting red Aurolaide detailing, chrome trim, a rhodium treated 18K gold nib, and a striking clear body. 

 

Pelikan Edelstein Ink-  Inspired by precious gems, this bottle of beautiful ink is simply stunning.  This gift will be treasured for a very long time. 


Art Deco 7321 My Roman Collection Stamp DIY Kit & Diary - Perfect for goal-oriented adventurers this amazing kit includes an undated planner filled with supplementary pages, a stamp kit, and two illustrated envelopes.  


 

Carcassone - Haven't tried Eurogames yet? Sit down to a game of Carcassone and find a whole new meaning to game night! Already mastered? Try the Carcassone Inns and Cathedrals or Traders and Builders expansion packs!

 

The 1 Book - An interactive "playbook" filled with inspiring quotes and questions to help one reflect on the contribution he or she is making to the world.

What's your favorite one-of-a-kind gift? 

 

November 03, 2010

Zebra Optex Care and Tombow Twin Highlighters

Some of our favorite highlighters include Zebra Optex Care and Tombow Twin highlighters. What makes these highlighters different and why do we like them so much?

One of the first things you’ll notice about these highlighters is that each end of the highlighter has a different size tip – a broad chisel tip for highlighting words & phrases and a fine tip for taking notes, doodling or underlining. It gives you the flexibility of having two pens in one! Both highlighters can be capped no matter which end you are using.

Have you ever purchased a highlighter whose felt tip turned into mush within the first few weeks of use? You shouldn’t experience that problem with these highlighters since both of them have been designed with high quality felt tips that hold their shape well. The Zebra Optex Care has a tip similar to a regular highlighter. The Tombow Twin highlighter takes a different approach, using plastic polymer to make a little jacket or coat for the tip to help it keep its shape.

Both Zebra Optex Care and Tombow Twin highlighters come in a nice variety of colors including some out-of-the-ordinary colors such as tea brown, red, golden yellow and coral. The colors are pleasingly soft and not so screaming-bright that they are hard on the eyes. Zebra Optex Care and Tombow Twin sell their highlighters in sets of 10 different colors as well as individually.

Their slim design with the clip on one cap makes it so that I can use them in the pen-holder of my study portfolio – a bonus for me! Another bonus - if your Tombow highlighters are running dry you can use Tombow Coat Highlighter Chargers to refill them with ink.

How about you? What are your favorite highlighters?

Here is what the colors look like when photocopied:


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