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Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen Gradation Function

We love the Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen and its ability to produce gradated lettering! For those of you unfamiliar with this function we are providing a simple explanation along with some samples.

We found this definition of "gradated" on thefreedictionary.com: "(Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Colours) to change or cause to change imperceptibly, as from one colour, tone, or degree to another." In other words, as you are writing with the Pilot Parallel Pen you can make your lettering gradually change from one color to another.

To do this, you will need 2 Parallel Pens filled with different ink colors. Suppose you are writing with a Parallel Pen filled with violet ink and you would like to create lettering that slowly changes in color from green back to violet again. Hold your Parallel pen filled with violet ink so that the nib is pointing up. Hold another Parallel pen filled with green ink so that the nib is pointing down. Touch the nib of the green pen to the nib of the violet pen and hold the nibs together for several seconds. Some of the green ink will have transferred to the nib of the pen with the violet ink. 

When you resume writing with your Parallel pen filled with violet ink, you will find that the lettering begins as a green color and as you continue to write your letters will gradually become violet again. This technique produces beautiful gradated lettering that can add an extra special touch to your calligraphy creations. Have fun and email us your results! We'd love to see your designs and feature some of them on our blog.

Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pens are available with 1.5mm, 2.4mm, 3.8mm and 6.0mm nibs and at Writer's Bloc you can also get them in a set of four. If you're planning to give the gradated lettering a try, there is a convenient box of 12 ink cartridges in assorted colors. (Just a note: Pilot recommends using only Pilot Mixable Color IC-P3 ink cartridges with this pen.)


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Comments

I have a set of these pens and they are great! The gradation feature is such a nice touch when writing names and addresses on packages, or even for special Birthday or Thank You cards! Glad to see that you are stocking them and the ink refills.

Cheers!
Elizabeth

This is gorgeous! Perfect for making all the wedding and graduation cards I have coming up next year. Gotta start practicing!

If I insert the cartridge into the pen, to write and mixed colors, do I have to take out to the end of writing, the cartridge and clean the pen and can not leave the cartridge in the pen?
Will the ink dry in the pen?

Nebojsa,

Over time, the ink in the pen will eventually dry out. The amount of time that it takes for this to happen varies. If it does dry out, you can always clean the pen:

Simple cleaning: http://blog.shopwritersbloc.com/fountain_pens/fountain_pen_basics_simple_cle.html

Cleaning solution: http://blog.shopwritersbloc.com/fountain_pens/fountain_pen_cleaning_solution.html

If you use your pen fairly regularly, leaving in the ink in the pen should be fine. No need to clean it out with each use.

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