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Pens Through the Years

Fountain Pen Network Philippines will  be joining the celebration of Fountain Pen Day on the first weekend of November. I was invited to submit some artwork along with other fellow members of FPN-P. I’m usually really shy about showing people my art in person, but I figured that it might be a fun way to give back to the community and meet other artists as well.

I kind of agonized over what to submit, what paper to use, etc. I redid this a few times because I had some details wrong (plating color of a clip here, nib color there). But last night I was able to finish my final pieces.

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Overall, I enjoyed the process of making these two pieces a lot. Using fountain pen ink in the washes is challenging because it gets absorbed by the paper almost as soon as you brush it on. Mixing it with a lot of water helps. It’s also very fascinating to read about the pens again and see the tiny little details that make each pen unique. These two are collection of pens from Sheaffer and Parker through the years. There’s a lot of different kinds of pens to choose from, so I picked several that were made in different decades. It was really so much fun, and it reminded me again why I love vintage pens, especially Parker pens (I’m a Parker gal). They don’t make ’em like they used to.

This year’s Fountain Pen Day celebration will be on November 5-6, at the 3rd floor Atrium of SM Aura. Aside from the art exhibit, there will be other activities like calligraphy demonstrations for adults and kids, and pop up stores for fountain pen/calligraphy fans.

Save the Date!

I wasn’t able to attend the festivities last year, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to attend this year. But to all who are interested, Fountain Pen Network Philippines is celebrating Fountain Pen Day on November 7, 2015 at Century City Mall, Makati. If you’re a fountain pen enthusiast (or have one in your life), make a day of it! It’s gonna be fuuuuun! Some of the activities to look forward to are calligraphy workshops, pen and ink art exhibits, sketching session, and many more. Get to know other fountain pen fans as well, and meet people who are passionate about preserving the art of the written word. Come join us! Read the press release here.

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photo by Al Rio ^_^

First Big Pen Meet

I attended my first big pen meet today! Being a little introverted, it’s difficult for me to meet new people. This group is quite different, though. Everybody’s very nice, polite, accommodating and self-possessed. One of them repaired my Parker 51 Special pencil (so glad to have that back). Here are some of the pens that I saw at the meet:

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It was my first time to see Montblanc’s Writers Editions and wow, they’re pretty amazing. My favorite is the Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain. Really gorgeous pens.

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That is a gorgeous sight. And below, a closer look at the Mark Twain and Jonathan Swift pens.

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Perhaps one of my favorite pens at the meet was this demonstrator Parker 51. I loooove Parker 51’s, and I’ve never seen a demonstrator in person. It’s absolutely lovely.

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There were also Pelikans that I’ve never seen before.  Continue reading “First Big Pen Meet”