10 things worth sharing this week
Noodler's! Do I know Noodler's! I worked at an art supply store for 17 years, and we started carrying Noodler's a couple years before I left. At the time I was using Rowney FW inks for my painting, which are permanent, lightfast, saturated and dependable. I poo-pooed Noodler's at the time because they are definitely not dependable—any new shipment we'd get there'd invariably be a colour that needed a new swatch made because it didn't look like the last time we had it. I guess they were dependable in that respect. Anyhoo, fast forward to today, I use Noodlers more than any other ink. Yes, they're unpredictable, but they're also magical. Every colour has its own character, and some have undertones of different colours that come out around the edges... actually you can't predict how they might come out. They are 100% unique and there are colours that you will never (but NEVER) find anywhere else. I still use other brands of ink because Noodlers doesn't have certain "normal" colours, like a straight-up yellow for example. But I'm a convert.
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Those first collages are both great! I have a couple of Noodler's inks and am very happy with them. I have the orange-yellow that is now called Southwest Sunset, and I just got the Cactus Fruit Eel fuchsia ink. They both perform very well!
I’ve been using Diamine inks in my brush pens. The darker colours tend to work better but their range is so big I’ve only tried a few so far.
Just a quick question - does anyone have a place they'd recommend where I can keep track of the books I'm reading/have finished reading? I'm looking to be more intentional about keeping up with the books I currently have on the go and have finished, and also want something easy to use like this for an end of year list - so I can easily see what I've read this year. I'm thinking a website or an app or something. Please let me know! Thanks guys. Love this space.
Wow! This is way more than ten! I just peeked at a couple links. This will take some time. I’m so glad you’re feeling better! Thanks!
Have you tried any “karappo” pens from Japan? They are so great with any inks. I like the Pelican ink, too but would definitely recommend looking into Sailor inks, Tochigi inks, Herbin, Tono and Lims and even Teranishi. Have you ever looked at any Japanese ink and fountain pen magazines? They often do really useful ink colour swatches.
Thanks for the introduction to Mandy Brown. I know I am going to enjoy reading deeply into her blacklist. And thank you for your newsletters, posts and recommendations. So nourishing!
My 24-year-old son emailed me two articles by Ted Gioia that he thought I might like (it was like Jesus turned water into wine because he never emails and barely replies to my texts!)--one of which was the B&N article. It was excellent, and it sparked some thought that will probably make it into one of my posts later this month. Good stuff!
You may have already done this, but you might want to look closely at their website if you're at all concerned with lightfastness or permanency. Some colours are—as they call them—"bulletproof", while others are extremely fugitive.