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Some of Our Favourite Blog Posts in June

Here at Tiger Pens we all like reading other peoples pen & paper related blogs. Here are a few posts that have caught our eye recently. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Matt from the Pen Habit lists his top 5 – his no.1 is an OMAS Ogiva which he finds a joy to hold and a joy to behold

If there are any fans of the series Blacklist Bob’s post on My Pen Needs Ink may be of interest

Tim at the Wirecutter considers the uni-ball Jetstream has the best ink flow of any non fountain pen you can read his review

Cheryl shares some great sketches created with fountain pen ink you can take a look on the Writers Bloc blog

We recently came across Anderson Pens, they have a series of podcasts talking about a range of pen related stuff, anything from nibs to myths you can check them out here

Joshua at The Pelikan’s Perch has a comprehensive guide to Pelikan Fountain Pens on their blog

Dries at The Pencilcase blog reviews Sailor Jentle Tokiwa-Matsu & has some impressive writing samples

There’s a post on Goldspot Pens about a trio of Kaweco pens. They take the sports for a spin & summarise the findings

 

Is being Left Handed good or bad news?

All this hoo-ha about Prince George being left handed had me wondering if being a leftie is a good or bad thing. For starters I was a little surprised to learn that currently less than 15% of the population is left handed, here are a few other things that I came across in my travels….. hand

  • Any readers old enough to remember school days in the 30′s & 40′s will recall lefties being punished as if it were a sin, they had their knuckles wrapped & were forced to change their writing hand.
  • Lefties are better at sports, well that’s what some say & there’s no doubt that there are a fair few superstars both past & present, John McEnroe, Arnold Palmer, Babe Ruth & Paula Radcliffe to name just a few.
  • Studies suggest that babies born prematurely are more likely to be left handed
  • Left-handed people are at a disadvantage in some sports like Polo. This is down to good old health & safety as rules of the game state the mallet has to be held on the right of the horse.

There was a time when left handed people were at a distinct disadvantage however, today there are a great number of writing aids & Left Handed Pens. Since 1976 one day each year has been labelled International Left Handed Day, this year if falls on 13th August & will promote awareness of the inconvenience of being left handed in what is essentially a right handed world.

There are any number of random facts & figures around some more believable than others like the idea that lefties were possessed by the devil. Whether these statements/beliefs are fact or fiction can be proved or disproved depending upon what you read & where you look.

Chameleon Color Tone Pens Are Now Available

Tiger Pens are pleased to announce we’ve added Chameleon Pens to our ever growing range.

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These double ended pens have an innovative refillable alcohol based system that enables you to change the colour tone of the ink without the need to use multiple pens.

Chameleon Color Tone Pens consist of a mixing chamber containing the ink & they have two nibs, one is a Japanese brush tip (easy to distinguish as there is a grey band around the cap) that acts more like a paint brush, the other is a bullet tipped marker. A blender & detail pen are also available to help you unleash your creativity whether it’s Manga, fine art, graphics or just doodling. Continue reading

5 Random Ink Facts

Ink has been around for centuries, it’s one of those everyday things we don’t take much notice of. Here are 5 facts about ink that surprised me, hope you find them interesting.

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1. Soy Ink might not be is not as green as we think
Initially developed in the 70′s by the newspaper industry as an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional ink, it’s often claimed that soy ink is easier to remove from paper. Some studies suggest however that it’s difficult to treat in the recycling process due to increased oxidation that develops once vegetable oils age & dry.

2. Ink goes all the way back to the Bronze Age
We know that ink goes way back in time but the question of who invented it depends upon what you read & who you believe. According to historian BN Goswamy the use of ink dates back to the Bronze Age & many say that black ink was invented in 2697 BC by philosopher Tien-Lcheu.

3. Even permanent ink can be removed
Our medieval ancestors sourced things like hawthorn & soot, iron salts & tannic acids were also used to produce Iron Gall ink, said to be the most important ink in Western history. The latter was apparently used by Leonardo da Vinci & Bach to create & compose their masterpieces. Today a variety of complex combinations can be used to produce pens, markers & bottled ink. Although we often want something permanent & long lasting in order for important documents to stand the test of time we occasionally need to remove it. Using a lanolin based cream like Amodex should do the trick, it’s eco-friendly & non-toxic.

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4. Squid Ink can be used to Treat Cancer
Squid ink has been used in restaurants for ages, often found in pasta & rissoto dishes, but did you know that it’s now considered to be a health food & can shrink tumours? Researchers have discovered that squid ink can boost immunity due to its antioxident properties, protect white blood cell production & help fight cancer and tumor cells by stopping new blood vessels growing in them.

5. Ink can’t kill you
In the unlikely event that you should you choose to swap your morning coffee for ink then it can be harmful, the worst that can happen mind you is you may get headaches or skin irritation which is likely to be due to solvents or pigments in the ink.

Could Digital Pens Be Worth Writing Home About?

The challenge to develop digital pens apparently started some 25 years ago. Today there are a number on offer, some use a camera technology developed by Anoto, others have a device that tracks the pens movement across the writing surface.

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The description of a digital pen according to PC mag is “An electronic ballpoint pen that digitizes, stores and transfers what is written or drawn to the computer” The taking of notes is an important skill for many of us in a variety of situations, whether that’s at a lecture, meeting or important presentation. A digital pen is less cumbersome to use than a tablet or laptop & is less of a distraction allowing you to concentrate on what you write without dipping in & out of emails or surfing the net.

One of the latest gadgets around is Phree, users can scribble & make note on almost any surface, from the car dash to the office chair, you won’t have to reach for a pen or your phone to record your thoughts or an all important contact name or number. It will connect to your phone, TV or laptop, anything with a bluetooth connection. As a current Kickstarter campaign Phree isn’t expected to be ready for shipping until March 2016.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on a piece of this technology then you could check out the Staedtler Digital Pen. This intuitive ballpoint saves time by allowing you to record your notes or drawings by simply attaching the receiver to your page, when you’re ready transfer to a PC just download using a USB cable.

Other features

  • Capture up to 100 A4 pages
  • Refillable with standard D1 refills
  • 3 settings – choose from mobile, mouse or online modes
  • Recognises 30 languages
  • Easily manage files

I see digital pens as another tool, ideal for taking notes where laptops, phones or tablets are banned or where there’s a need for taking copius notes that need to be written up & stored digitally or emailed. Whether they will ever replace a pen or pencil is anyone’s guess.

Platinum Preppy – Available Now

The Preppy is a refillable fountain pen with an innovative “Slip & Seal” ink feed system designed with a screw top cap to prevent the ink drying out. Ever popular since its launch in 2007 this series of pens are known for being a true fountain pen with a very reasonable price tag.

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Platinum Preppy pens are available in different nib sizes & colours. They all have a clear plastic barrel showing the size & logo with colour coded accents. The medium (05) 0.5mm nib comes in a choice of black red or blue, fine (03) has a wider range of 7 colours which include yellow & violet shades & the latest addition is extra fine (02) with a 0.2mm nib & choice of black, blue or red ink.

The Preppy range have stainless steel nibs & are supplied with one cartridge, alternatively an optional converter could be used with bottled ink. The nibs on these pens can be easily removed which some users say lends them to being converted to an eyedropper (the barrel will take more ink) relatively easily.

All in all these fountain pens provide a smooth writing experience at a very affordable price.

New Additions to the Tiger Pens Store

Kaweco have been making pens for well over a century, they are one of the oldest brands in the market & known for their high end creations.

Tiger Pens are pleased to announce the following additions to our Kaweco range:

Pen Pouches
Kaweco Sport Pen Pouch Eco Black Leather for 1 Pen – The Kaweco Sport is a compact range which follows the original 1930′s design. The Pen Pouch Eco is handmade with the logo etched into the leather.

For something a little different there is the option of Kaweco Sport Pen Pouch Eco Cognac Soft Leather, these pouches are a stylish tan colour & are made from a softer leather.

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As one of the smallest fountain pens to take a standard cartridge the Liliput range measures just 97mm when closed. We now have a Kaweco Black Leather Eco Pen Pouch for 1 Liliput Pen, Kaweco Black Leather Eco Pen Pouch for 2 Liliput Pens or Kaweco Cognac Pen Pouch Soft Leather for 1 or 2 Liliput Pens.

Ballpoints
Kaweco Liliput Ballpoint Pen Eco Brass these slender yet robust pocket pens are made from unleaded brass. The Kaweco Liliput Ballpoint Pen Eco Brass Wave are made from the same untreated brass & they have a patterned barrel.

Fountain Pens
Two new additions to the Liliput fountain pen range are Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen Stainless Steel with a sleek long lasting polished finish & the Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen Copper which has a natural untreated finish

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The Kaweco Skyline Fountain Pen Pink is based on the classic sport range but has chrome coloured characteristics, also now available with a white barrel.

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The Kaweco Elegance Fountain Pen is a slim pen has a chic octagonal barrel & measures 168mm closed

Rollerball
With all the distinctive features of the rest of the Sport range the Kaweco Brass Sport Rollerball Pen is made from untreated solid brass & has a 0.7mm tip.

 

Artline Stix – Now Available

If the ideas suggested in this year’s Get Creative Campaign are a little advanced for the youngsters in your family you may find a little inspiration to help the kids pass some time creating a masterpiece of their own with Artline Stix.

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This latest offering is a range of pens, toys & connectors designed to be able to click, stick, spin & bend when joined together with the idea of letting the imagination create an adventure. These pens & markers have a pattern of bumps & hollows which allow them to be snapped together similar to leggo or other construction blocks.

This range offers

Colouring Markers – With a rounded 2mm bullet nib they are available in a wide range of colours including a dazzling lime, deep magenta & zesty orange.

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Brush Markers – Suitable for children over 3 years the soft brush tip is ideal for painting as well as colouring & is capable of painting a line width between 1 & 8mm.

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Drawing Pens – Ideal for detailed drawing as the fine tip produces a 0.4mm line, there is a wide range of colours to choose from.

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The ink benefits from being washable & is also non toxic & as well as being available individually these pens can be be bought in multi colour packs.

The Artline Stix web site has lots ideas there are

  • A whole bunch of templates of animals, monsters & sea creatures that you can download for a colouring session
  • Several ever popular printable dot to dot pictures
  • Instructions for building windmills, planes & puppets to name a few
  • An invitation to join the Artline Stix play club with a chance to receive news, promotions & exclusive giveaways

Artline promise to to add this list so keep an eye out for new additions.

The Get Creative Campaign is a celebration of all forms of arts, culture & creativity that is being led by the BBC. There are events being held around the country & it will run until 21st February 2016 with the aim of getting people involved, to share their talents & host debates about the merits of creativity. Once their creativity has been unleashed maybe the budding artist could show of their skills by joining in.

Some of our Favourite Blog Posts in May

Here at Tiger Pens we all like reading other peoples pen & paper related blogs. Here are a few posts that have caught our eye recently. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Deborah explains why the Generation is yet another Montblanc that she approve’s of over at Goodwriters Pens

B2-kun puts the spotlight on Cretacolor Nero Drawing leads and pencil on the robotningamonsters blog

Pen Heaven have carried out a survey on the UK & diary keeping you can see the findings on the blog here

Teoh from Parka Blogs reviews Pilot Custom 743 with Falcon Nib with plenty of photos & a few sketches thrown in you can look here

It seems Nexialist feels good when writing with fountain pens you can read more on the blog

J Herbin Vert Pre is put through its paces in a review on the Pen Inkcillin blog comparing it to Vert Olive

The Goulet pen team take a quick look at Faber-Castell’s line-up of Ambition fountain pens at Goulet Pens

Heath hopes to get back to a regular routing writing about the Sheaffer Prelude fountain pen at Pen Paper Ink Letter

A post on Fountain Pen Economics asks How Does China Make Such Cheap Fountain Pens? It’s an interesting read

An Alternative to Ink? WINKpen May Be The Answer

The revelation of the WINKpen could put a whole new slant on the phrase written in blood. Invented by Oregan based designer Jessica Chan this pen can guzzle up a variety of liquids & was made possible by crowd funding on Kickstarter.

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The pursuit of creating something that could be re-used & reduce waste from some of the many plastic cases from the disposable alternatives ending up in landfill, took Jess on a journey taking some 18 months of her spare time.

Presented as reusable & long lasting this refillable glass fountain pens name came about from an idea of using wine as ink. Inspired during research for another project Industrial Designer Jess says she learned that “inks used in traditional printers are not 100% biodegradable” this led to her wanting to create a sustainable alternative that we use in everyday life.

The WINKpen is constructed to be flexible & as user friendly as possible with the components fitting together easily making them easy to clean. The glass nib is double sided & can be used for all types of penmanship. Apparently glass eliminates the corrosion sometimes experienced with metal or ballpoint tips used in traditional pens whilst making it an easy to clean option. Now unless your entering into some type of medieval pact with the devil it’s unlikely that you’d want your blood to be used for anything other than running through the veins but as well as wine liquids like tea, juice or anything with a staining property can be put in this pen.

How To Improve Your Handwriting – 5 Easy Tips

So you’ve decided to try & improve your handwriting, make it look a little less like a spider has crawled across the page & lets just say more legible.

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We’ve all heard the arguments about technology taking over & that handwriting is no longer important. Maybe it’s a generation thing but I’m sure I’m not alone finding it faster & easier to jot down a note with a pen than reaching for the mobile & tapping the keypad.

1. Posture
When practicing, sitting at a table is better than in your favourite armchair or sofa. You’ll be able to sit up with a straight back, your feet planted on the floor with uncrossed legs. Next relax your hand & arm, it’s an idea to loosen up by twisting your wrist a few times & do a few stretching exercises as writing will also use muscles in the shoulders & forearms. Avoid writing to the left of your palm (more likely if your left handed) as this is likely to give you cramp. If this is something you are inclined to get there are a wide range of ergonomic pens available to help.

2. Watch Your Speed
Something many people do (me included) is write as if they’re in a race against the clock. By taking time to concentrate on every letter you will see much better results.

3. Doodle
Practice your scribbles, this will help train the hand & eye to work together, it can have the added benefit of providing a little light relief if you’ve had a stressful day or meeting.

4. Keep a Diary or Journal
Whether it’s keeping a note of the days events or recording your innermost thoughts a daily diary or journal entry will give you good reason to practise your writing. Just a few minutes little & often will not only help improve your penmanship but could provide health benefits like improving emotional well being or reducing stress.

5. Loosen Your Grip
It can be tempting to hold the pen too tightly. Rather than squeezing the barrel imagine your pen is a quill that may break & lightly pull it across the page.

When trying to improve your handwriting it may look worse before it gets better but with practice & perseverance you’re sure to achieve a style that you are happy with.

Pentel Stylo Plastic Fountain Pen JM11

Pentel’s mission is to develop pens offering a satisfying writing experience & value for money, this plastic fountain pen does seem to have both.

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From flexible to firm depending on how you hold the pen & the amount of pressure used, the delta shaped double sided nib on the Pentel Stylo Plastic Fountain Pen will produce variable line widths.

This pen has a white barrel with brightly coloured logo’s & branding, they are available with red, black or blue water based ink & each has a colour coded end cap & tip housing.

The Stylo JM11 nib is not fussed which angle you hold it at delivering a flexible response on one side whilst the other is more rigid.

This Pentel’s nib will wear to the style of the writer over time & thereby offers a unique writing experience.

Uni-ball Signo TSI Erasable Rollerball – Now In Stock

The Uni-ball Signo TSI contains a new generation of specially formulated thermo sensitive ink. By using the pens eraser the rubbing action causes friction making the coloured ink change to clear hence rendering it invisible.

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This pen has two eraser’s one on the cap another on the end which is ideal for those that like to post the cap on a pen as there is no need to keep removing the cap to erase errors. The Thermo Sensitive gel Ink could re-appear if used in temperatures below -18°C but in normal conditions a vigorous rub will enable you to erase & rewrite anything.
The Signo TSI Erasable Rollerball Pen has a 0.7mm tip & there are 7 vivid colours to choose from including violet, sky blue & pink.

Can a person have too many pens?

This is a question I sometimes ask myself when tidying my desk for the umteenth time. When I mentioned it recently to a friend she replied you don’t have too many pens you just don’t write enough! Never thought of it that way maybe she has a point.

There’s so much written about the demise of handwriting as we use technology more & more. This is brought more to our attention this year the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, as this ancient document stands the test of time its clear that the ability to put pen to paper still has a place in 2015.

Some of the benefits of writing by hand include helping your focus. It’s easier to concentrate sitting with a pen & paper. When writing at a computer the temptation to flick from emails, facebook & the like can be almost impossible to ignore.

As well as being a workout for your hand research suggests that engaging your motor skills helps with memory & it’s also a good cognitive exercise & helps keep the brain sharp.

Despite some citing the death of handwriting by technology, organisations like the National Handwriting Association exist to raise awareness. If like us you still like using pens & pencils, this charity runs courses & events & has lots of advice available through its web site from things like handwriting case studies to a list of practical books that can be purchased for a small fee.

There are also events like World Stationery Day to be held on 29th April which will celebrate the power of the written word. This is part of National Stationery Week, a leading trade exhibition in the UK. Last year saw libraries taking part in a writing competition, lesson plans were compiled aiming to inspire schools to get involved, it was deemed to be a great success generating in excess of £5 million worth of media coverage. This years event will take place between 27th April & 3rd May & with organisers aiming to get people talking about writing & their favourite products I doubt too many pens will be a topic of conversation.

Some of Our Favourite Blog Posts in April

Here at Tiger Pens we all like reading other peoples pen & paper related blogs. Here are a few posts that have caught our eye recently. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

If you like FP sketches then head over to Parka Blogs where Teoh has written a comprehensive review of the Sailor Cross Music Emperor Nib Fountain Pen & included a host of sketches

Read why Goodwriters pens are delighted with the Jinhao 599A

While Joshua at The Pelican’s Perch concludes the review of Pelikan’s M805 anthracite Stresemann was mainly positive, he did find some small inconveniences you can read about

Read how Tim from The Wirecutter reached the conclusion that the uni-ball Jetstream is a fantastic, affordable pen.

Goldspot Pens honour Draw a Bird Day on thier #writeitwednesday challenge check it out here

Maybelline reviews a Delta Blue Tech & Web commenting that “I can’t help but be reminded of a car when I look at it” you can read why On Fountain Pens

Brian finds the Platinum Preppy to be a great beginner pen, you can read why on the Office Supply Geek blog

Stephanie asks Does Size Matter? In a post of feedback on various Rhodia pads At Rhodia Drive

Looking for Pens & Pencils for Achy Hands?

According to NHS stats there are around 10 million people in the UK suffering from arthritis of one form or another, worldwide it’s thought to affect as many as 350 million. That’s a lot of people challenged on a daily basis with everyday tasks that many of us take in our stride. One of these happens to be writing & help is at hand with a number of different ranges of ergonomically designed pens & pencils.

PenAgain is a range of pens & pencils designed with a Y shaped cradle resembling a wishbone. This uses the natural weight of the hand to relieve pressure on the fingers, more details can be found in an earlier post here

Pilot’s Dr Grip brand has ballpoints, mechanical pencils & a multi function pen combining 4 different colour ballpoints & a 0.5mm pencil. These pens & pencils have received one of the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease-of-Use Commendations having been independently tested by experts & assessed by people with the condition.

The Pilot Dr Grip G-Spec Mechanical Pencil has a 0.5mm lead & is available in a wide range of colours including soft blue, pink & green frost. The grip has a double layer making it secure & comfortable to use.

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For those that prefer something a little more sedate on the colour front the Pilot Dr Grip Full Black Ballpoint Pen fits the bill with a glossy black finish & chrome pocket clip.

EZ Grip is another range designed with an simple to hold grip that requires a minimal amount of pressure.

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There is no right or wrong way to hold these pens, users can hold the side of the thumb or switch positions & use others fingers, we all write differently, the choice is yours.

Yoropen was inspired by inventor Liu Bao Shen’s daughters as he observed problems due to poor grip & posture.

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Today the range includes ballpoint pens & pencils, coloured refills are available for the standard & Yoropen Mini Pencils. The tips angled design helps the user to see what they are writing & the offset finger support helps reduce strain, these pens & pencils are suitable for left & right handed writers.

Ergonomic pens & pencils don’t just benefit those with arthritis, they can help people with difficulties arising from conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injury or those that just write a lot by reducing stress to the joints, nerves & muscles. As ergonomics vary from one person to another there is probably no one writing instrument that will suit everyone, but hopefully you’ll find something to suit. We’d be happy to hear your views!

 

 

 

Staedtler Lumocolor 318 Permanent Marker – Review

Markers have come a long way since New Yorker Sidney Rosenthal’s invention in the 50′s. With a wide range now available for use on just about anything in the home, office or studio, from something as simple as labelling a few CD’s to art & graphic work there’s a marker for everyone.

The Staedtler Lumocolor 318 Permanent Marker is available in a choice of 8 colours including bright yellow, orange & violet along with a black & brown which are lightfast so no need to worry about your favourite sketch fading if left by the window. Should you need a marker for outdoor use the black ink is also weatherproof.

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The Lumocolor has been around for over 60 years & some of its benefits include

  • Suited for use with overhead projectors
  • Smudge-proof
  • Waterproof
  • Quick drying – well suited to left handers
  • Low odour ink which is xylene free
  • Airplane safe
  • Dry safe ink (marker can be left uncapped for days without drying out)

These markers can easily be refilled by inserting the tip of the marker in the top of a Lumocolor refill station bottle, they will attract ink to a maximum level making it impossible to overfill. Once refilled Staedler say the marker will last for 3 to 4 hours but I’ve not been able to test this.

This Lumocolor 318 has a fine tip that writes around a 0.6mm line, I found it comfortable to hold & whilst my use was confined to writing I can confirm it lived up to the smudge-proof & waterproof claims. Other reviewers that have undertaken more artistic pursuits say the marker works well for handmade animation on celluloid & they are transparent enough to project the colour brightly as opposed to opaque alternatives that block light & appear black.

 

Desk Tidy Ideas

Ever wondered how the desk gets so untidy when you spend most of your time staring at a computer? Me too, when it comes to having a clear up those creative souls or DIYer’s amongst us may choose to recycle old jars, unused mugs or make use of other objects around the house, with so many different pens & paint markers around you could always create a bespoke piece to cram into a dark idle corner.  Alternatively there’s always the local stationers, DIY or charity shop to visit.

This subject got me thinking about an old boss, renowned for having the tidiest desk in the office, these options would never have been given the time of day. If you like he is looking for something a little upmarket you may need look no further than Missing Digit Woodshop.

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A small family owned artisan company that in their words are “dedicated to creating interesting designs for the dicerning nutcase” have produced a desk tidy that will hold post it notes, a letter opener & styli along with your pens & pencils.
They offer natural wood & coloured options & the tidy stands at 18cm tall, that’s around 7 inches in old measurements.

If you fall into the DIY camp but are looking for a little inspiration you could always check out a few tutorials

Crafty Easter Ideas

With so many colouring pens & markers to choose from, how about unleashing your creative talents for a spot of crafting over the holidays? 2008 Easter Egg Decorating

The tradition of decorating eggs dates back centuries & can be a fun pastime whatever the weather.

As any artist knows first you need to decide on your canvas, in this case it could be

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1. Wash them with soap & water
2. Rinse & dry
3. Carefully make a hole in the bottom of each egg with a long needle or scalpel
4. Gently insert a wooden skewer through the hole to pierce the yolk
5. Make another hole at the top of the egg
6. Whilst holding over a bowl you need to blow hard through the top hole to empty the egg of its contents
7. When all that’s left is air rinse & leave the shell to dry
Paper Mache

1. First make your mix by adding flour to water (about 1/3 flour 2/3 water) until you have a thick creamy consistency
2. Using narrow strips of newspaper dipped in mixture, carefully layer onto a balloon (water balloons make a the best egg like shapes) until well covered.
3. Repeat step 2 with plain paper or tissue
4. Leave until completely dry, this could take a couple of days
5. Pierce the balloon & voila you have a blank canvass ready for decorating

If either of these options seems like too much trouble & you just want to get started you could try using hard boiled eggs or buying plastic or polystyrene shapes from a craft store.

When you’re ready to decorate & practice the art work I find Sharpies & Paint Markers are a good place to start, but there are many other top quality brands to choose from

Happy Easter

Seems The Humble Pencil Still Has a Place In The Future

Although pencils have their roots seated deep in history that’s not to say they don’t have a place in the future.

When a team of researchers wanted to explore new possibilities of wearable sensors seems they used an ordinary pencil & paper, drew a few shapes & took some measurements, IMG_0119obviously it wasn’t quite as simple as that.

Yue Zhang from the University of Science and Technology Beijing says
“People can use the [pencil-on-paper] technique to make devices such as wearable sensors, alarm devices or wearable rheostats which belong to them,”

The teams research followed earlier work by Jiaxing Huang in Illinois who said “Pencil-drawn devices are cheap, versatile and fast to make. They could be useful in situations where resources are limited,”

It’s known that when graphite lands on paper it can conduct electricity, when the object drawn changes shape so does the resistance.

With so many of us wanting to track our progress by measuring & monitoring heart rates, calories burnt etc. during the daily exercise regime, wearable gadgets are popular. They are also widely used in the medical industry for things like saving patients with heart conditions time & effort allowing them to be monitored at home rather than visit hospital.

With the future of wearables in 2015 & beyond set to improve with companies out to make them smarter & smaller & consumers demanding more accurate data the humble pencil could have its work cut out for many years to come.