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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.


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.

Old Timey

I’ve always been fascinated with photography. When I got my first DSLR (a gift from my husband), I thought that I needed to spend so much on lenses to be able to produce good photos. That’s until I tried film photography. I realized that I don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to get decent film cameras. In fact, my first analog camera was a Yashica MG which I bought for a little more than Php2000.

Then, back in 2010, so many things happened and I had to rearrange my priorities. I had to stop shooting because I had no means to continue it. I would have used my DSLR again (despite the very meh kit lens), except that it got damaged in an accident. Fast forward to last month, when I decided that I’d try to start photography again for the funny reason that I wanted to take better photos of my pens. Haha.

So I bought a very basic Olympus Pen E-PM1 with its standard kit lens. Then my friend (who also has an Olympus micro four thirds mirrorless camera) taught me how to use adapters so that I can try out vintage Soviet lenses. Before I know it, I’ve fallen head over heels in love again.


Using manual vintage lenses on a modern camera body gives me the best of both worlds. I have no time to fuss with film at the moment, though that’s basically the idea, eventually. My friend was right. Each camera lens has its own personality.  Continue reading “Old Timey”