In my life, being thankful is an key concept. In fact it is hard to see how being thankful does not improve your life. So guess what the quotes for the week of Thanksgiving in the USA are about?
I’ll let the quotes speak for themselves and comment on the lettering, pens, inks and paper.
Mon, November 20, 2017
There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.
Pen: Edison Nouveau Premiere 1.1 nib
Ink: Robert Oster Spearmint
Paper: Rhodia Dot Pad
One theme for this week could optimistically be called potential and pessimistically hurried sloppiness. This layout could have been implemented so much better. This should have been a draft. Adjusting the spacing so that both the left and right sides line up would have made this really nice.
I used a lot of Robert Oster inks this week. I already had a bottle of this Spearmint. It is a favorite green for regular use. It has both shading and sheen that give my writing a little extra character.
Tue, November 21, 2017
When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect towards others. - Dalai Lama
Pen: J. Herbin Glass Dip Pen
Ink: Robert Oster African Gold
Paper: Stone Paper
I just started with some kind of curly flourishes and kept it going and even got more curly as I went. It made a fun style that was tolerant of spacing variations. I did loose focus and had to squeeze the r into towards. Also the a and d look too much alike.
I really like this African Gold color. I need to use a wider nib to really show it off. Also this Stone Paper is pretty good but not the very best for showing the extra character of inks. The paper is from a notebook the sold in the company store where I work. I am not sure how you find it now. I did get Brad Dowdy of Pen Addict fame to try this earlier this year. He did agree it was much smoother than the other stone papers he had tried. I’ll try to do some more research on this paper.
Wed, November 22, 2017
The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. - William Blake
Pen: Lamy Studio M nib
Ink: Voice Blueberry Pie
Paper: Muji Notebook
The one non-Robert Oster ink this week is the beautiful Blueberry Pie by Voice, well really by Sailor for Voice. I think it was a little wet for the Muji paper but it worked decently with just a little feathering. Mostly this is another work that should have been a draft. A cleaner version would have nailed the spacing and went with the more angular style in the b of bears and the plen in plentiful.
Thu, November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude. - Nigel Hamilton
Pen: Pilot Vanish Point Architect Grind
Ink: Robert Oster Blue Water Ice
Paper: Tomoe River Paper
Another try at this one would have been better. Centering all the lines and going with a more interesting style for the three key words would yield a much nicer work.
The Blue Water Ice on Tomoe River would really be great with a wider nib. Also this photo is washed out. I have some new lighting I will be trying in a few weeks.
Fri, November 24, 2017
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. - Henry David Thoreau
Pen: Karas Pen Company INK
Ink: Noodler’s Generals of the Armies
Paper: Story Supply Edition 407
This one is just sloppy. I was hurried and it showed. The ink was feathering a little but I only notice it in the close up. Otherwise Generals of the Armies is a nice green.
Overall, I may have my quotes for next year’s Thanksgiving week. I should just do a better version of this batch.
p.s Write a thank you.