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Interview with Amanda Lillywhite

While researching the pencils I use most often I found that one has been discontinued – Lyra Titan Woodless 6B. Thankfully my other favourites, Pilot Croquis 6B and Mars Lumograph 4B are still available but as soon as I have finished writing this post I will stock up. Lyra Titan, Croquis and Lumograph pencils all… Continue reading Interview with Amanda Lillywhite

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Review – Vintage McCall’s Patterns Notebook Collection

Vintage is so popular these days, it’s not surprising that Chronicle Books have come up with a series of notebooks based on the iconic format of McCall’s sewing patterns. Although the clothing depicted on the front is definitely vintage – 60’s or 70’s I’d guess – the format of modern sewing patterns hasn’t changed, but… Continue reading Review – Vintage McCall’s Patterns Notebook Collection

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Interview with Lucy Courtenay

My favourite pen at school was a fat-nibbed black Sheaffer fountain pen. I took particular delight in changing the colour of my ink cartridges and watching the colour gradually bleed, in one notable essay on the Treaty of Versailles, from blue to purple to pink to purple to pink again. Smelly gel pens make me… Continue reading Interview with Lucy Courtenay

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Interview with Peter Bunzl

One of my favourite pens is the Parker cartridge fountain pen. It’s what I used to write with at school. So it has nostalgia value but it’s also great for sketching. I love drawing with it because the ink is water-soluble so you can lick your finger and smudge shadows into your artwork. Its great… Continue reading Interview with Peter Bunzl