Most of the pens I own are from mainstream manufacturers, but there are a few small independent makers that I follow on Instagram whose work I really enjoy looking at. That said, I relegated myself to lurking their feeds and never actually commissioned a custom pen from any of them until I saw the work… Continue reading Black Robin Pens – Romeo
Erin and I embarked on a little art project this past week. We took some inexpensive pens (Luoshi Matte Black Cigars that we ordered from Truphea), and decided to spend some time personalizing them. The two of us had been a little obsessed with looking at pictures of hand-painted and customized pens online lately. While we… Continue reading Hand Painting Pens – Giving Some Personal Style To An Inexpensive Purchase.
Every year, in the week between Christmas and the New Year, I schedule several days off to take a sort of personal retreat. I'll usually turn on my auto-responder and go dark for 4-5 days to focus on planning, self-reflection, and getting ready for the year ahead. Part of this retreat is assessing and revising… Continue reading My 2021 Journaling & Notebook System
Are we too quick to blame our tools for things that aren't their fault? Does an inability to perceive our own flaws influence how we form an impression of something? Can we push back and adapt to these issues to grow long-term? I promise you this is still a pen review. But I need to… Continue reading Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Marietta
The Ace of Pens is a blog aimed at exploring how analog tools fit into modern digital creativity. I started this project out of a sense of being disconnected from my creative side during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic that put my commercial photography business into a total holding pattern for the better part of a… Continue reading Why We’re Here — How Pens And Paper Helped Save My Sanity.