Pens; I must say I rather love them. I remember when I was nine and anticipating beginning grade four, the year we were allowed to use a pen for our school work and not just that pencil which everyone knows is for babies. I went shopping for school supplies with my mum and I remember picking out my pen. It was dark green and although plastic, styled to look like a pen of the sort one would have dipped into an ink well. Mum explained those to me and that she had used them in school at my age. That was the beginning of my love for pens and although I don't require fancy or expensive pens, what I write with does matter to me and I do love to write in notebooks with a pen. I favour black ink for regular use but purple is rather divine when I am in the mood. Blue ink seems too ordinary to me and of course red is too school teacher! Green is more difficult to read though I will sometimes use it.
I also prefer a fine point, a very smooth ink that comes off the roller ball almost like a felt tip pen. Thus one of my favourite pens is a bit prone to making blotches on my bedding and explains why my once white duvet cover is now dyed purple. I'm sure I am happier with it purple anyhow. To avoid pen mishaps in my bed and in my purse, I have some which are a little less bleedy. There are pens in my bedside table, pens in a basket I keep beside my bed and pens in my carrying case which I keep tucked into my travelling writer's bag. I have my preferred fine black pens in the case and some coloured ones for fun.
And then there are my drawing pens, the ones I use for my version of the popular Zentangle. I enjoy drawing Zentangles or similar such doodles but I am rather incapable of symmetry, straight lines or anything well measured. Precise, I am not. It has been an exercise in letting go of the quest for perfection, since I am so admiring of people who can draw detailed line drawings with what looks like computer-generated precision. I used to be somewhat peeved by the trendy term "organically shaped" used for curves, wavy lines and asymmetrical things, as though nature is incapable of creating a perfectly straight line or symmetry. We know that's not true. Now I am considering embracing the term and calling my drawing style organic.
Anyhow, I digress from the topic as usual, though what could be more 'organic' than to progress from pens to what I create with them? These are doodles in my doodle notebook, no plan, no pressure to be perfect. Here I just enjoy making lines and sometimes I add colour. I like the Sakura Gelly Roll pens for colour, as they are brightly pigmented and very smooth.
Do you have any favourite pens? Any favourite ink colours?
Note: I have linked to brands but there is no compensation involved here. I'm just sharing what I like and what I select from the selection available to me.
Pens for Writing:
The Write Dudes, ultra fine in black and assorted colours
Uniball Vision , fine black ( I don't think I've met a Uniball pen I didn't like but these are inexpensive so are my typical choice )
Bic GripRoller, fine black
Pens for Doodling:
Sakura Gelly Roll, assorted colours
Artist's Loft Illustration Pens
Uniball, Vision-as above
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