The World In Pens

A Bic spokeswoman takes to Chicago radio station WBEZ to explain the company is on a “mission to save handwriting” and why that matters.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station write in their journals (not by hand, though) at least three times a week, and those journals are later analyzed by behaviorists, according to NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Artist James Charles has a show running in New York, and Beautiful Decay profiles some of his work drawing pop culture figures on US currency.

Malaysia’s The Artsy Craftsy offers up an overview of junk journaling, a mixed media way of keeping track of the memorable moments in your life.

Using pen and paper externalizes internal thoughts, leading to a focus on higher-order thinking skills, according to educational psychology professor Grace Koo, writing in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Urban Sketchers Chicago lays out 10 reasons to do more drawing, including improved hand-eye coordination, and lists some groups that will help keep you motivated.

A member at the Wet Canvas forum has written a detailed guide to the types of pens artists use, along with some recommendations for the best pens for the job.

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