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Tangle Refresher 127 – Featuring some excellent online guides to gel pens, calligraphy pens, drawing inks … and more!

Tangle Refresher!Many of us have, or are developing, a passion for pens. There’s no such thing as having too many. Period.

Today I thought I’d share links to some excellent online reference guides to gel pens, calligraphy pens, drawing inks … and more! You might be familiar with the online retailer JetPens, but perhaps you’ve not noticed their wonderful series of detailed guides. Here is a roundup of a few of the more relevant ones for tanglers. This page has been added to the TUTORIALS tab so you can locate it again in the future.

BTW if you become a new customer of JetPens, be sure to tell them TanglePatterns sent you! JetPens does not have an affiliate program and this is not a paid advertisement, just a useful reference from moi for you.

GEL PENS

gel-pens-guidesJetPens has 13 guides together under the heading of Gel Pens. These are direct links to the more interesting ones and if you click the image above you can see all 13 guides:

  1. Eco-Friendly Pens – “Doing our part to help protect the environment is important—and getting more important every day. Even seemingly small steps, like choosing reusable and responsibly made pens, can add up to a big difference over time.”
  2. Sakura Gelly Roll: A Comprehensive Guide – truly a comprehensive guide. “It’s the gel pen that started it all. As the first pen to use gel in its ink formula, the Gelly Roll paved the way for other well-known gel pens such as the Hi-Tec-C and Signo. With its smooth-flowing ink, pigmented colors, and huge range of finishes, the Gelly Roll’s iconic status should come as no surprise.
  3. Planner Decoration: Plan With JetPens!
  4. Guide to Choosing White Gel Pens and Markers – excellent guide analyses tip material, line width, opacity. A detailed chart at the end even gives approximate drying times for each type of pen. Staff favorites: Uni-ball Signo Broad Gel Pen (also highly recommended here on TanglePatterns), and the Sakura Decorese Gel Pen.
  5. Guide to Ergonomic Pens – “Pens are often advertised as being ergonomic, but the meaning of the words tends to get lost in a haze of marketing speak. What exactly makes a pen ergonomic? There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution, since ergonomics vary from person to person, depending on the size and shape of their hands, as well as any pre-existing medical conditions, such as carpal tunnel or arthritis. With that in mind, this guide will help you parse through ergonomic pen options and also give some tips and tricks along the way.
  6. Guide to Metallic and Glitter Ink Pens and Markers. For Zentangle®, remember to look for pens with archival inks in the excellent pens/markers/brushes chart at the end of the article. The two archival brands given there are: Zebra Sarasa Retractable Gel Pen – Metallic Colors –  and Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Gel Pens

MANGA & COMIC PENS

comic-manga-pens-guidesJetPens has 4 guides together under the heading of Comic & Manga Pens. These are direct links to the more interesting ones and if you click the image above you can see all 4 guides:

  1. Guide to Drawing Pens – includes the Sakura Pigma Micron. “To address the issue of cost [of technical pens], manufacturers changed the tip material from metal to plastic, making it cheaper to produce and removed any need for maintenance. Longevity was sacrificed but performance was actually improved in a certain way as plastic tips are capable of a wider range of drawing angles and don’t need to be held perfectly perpendicular to the page to work. Thus was the drawing pen born.
  2. Guide to Technical Pens – Useful! “The Sakura Pigma Micron is one of the most widely used technical drawing pens. These inexpensive pens boast archival-quality ink in seven different tip sizes and fifteen colors. They are maintenance-free, portable, and reliable – perfect for all varieties of creative people.”
  3. Guide to Drawing Inks

BRUSH PENS

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JetPens has 7 guides together under the heading of Brush Pens. These are direct links to the more interesting ones and if you click the image above you can see all 7 guides:

  1. Guide to Watercolor Supplies
  2. Guide to Choosing a Brush Pen for Art
  3. Guide to Water Brushes
  4. Guide to Choosing a Brush Pen for Calligraphy

CALLIGRAPHY PENS

calligraphy-pens-guides

JetPens has 2 guides together under the heading of Calligraphy Pens. These are direct links to both and if you click the image above you’ll also see both guides there:

  1. Guide to Nibs and Nib Holders
  2. Calligraphy Pen Basics

INKS

inks-guides

JetPens has 10 guides together under the heading of Inks. These are direct links to the more interesting ones and if you click the image above you’ll see all 10 guides:

  1. White Inks Guide
  2. Guide to Drawing Inks – “Choosing an ink that works well for your needs is critical. Knowing ahead of time if your ink is waterproof or marker-proof, will fade with erasing or sunlight, or has any other issues can save a great deal of headaches for artists later on.

There, that should keep you busy for a while. Hope you found this useful, please let me know in the comments!

Enjoy a beautiful weekend …

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The Tangle Refresher series, aka Buried Treasure, spotlights hidden tangle gems from the past. It can remind you of tangles you might not have used for a while or introduce you to some you haven’t come across yet.

Here are five more tangle pattern gems and a Tangle Refresher from a year (or two) ago for your tangling pleasure. Remember to check out the “More Good Stuff” links below too.

BTW as you enjoy these tangles please do leave a comment of thanks and encouragement to show the artists you appreciate them for sharing their creativity to inspire yours. And please share a link to your favorite tangles with your followers on all your social media. Thanks!

Zenful tangling!

Buried Treasure from the tangling past
Zentangle pattern: Nipa. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Nipa
Zentangle pattern: Neit-Lite. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Neit-Lite
Zentangle pattern: Boze. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Boze
Zentangle pattern: Chuchu. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Chuchu
Zentangle pattern: Heartfully. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Heartfully
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year ago Tangle Refresher 99

More good stuff …


TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE, 2016 Edition

TanglePatterns.com TANGL GUIDE, 2016 Edition The current Edition of my TANGLE GUIDE. This instant-download digital eBook contains all the tangles on the site from May 2010 through December 31, 2015. It's a must-have tool for using the site.
Visit the BOOK REVIEWS page for more details on its features and view a sample page.
Visit the STORE > E-BOOKS page for more information and support TanglePatterns.com by getting your copy now!
If you're new to Zentangle® and tangling, my TanglePatterns.com BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ZENTANGLE is just what you need to get started. Also available en Français and en Español.
Zentangle Primer Volume 1 Remember you can get your official Zentangle supplies here too, including the fabulous new Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1. It's your CZT-in-a-book by the founders of Zentangle®! Visit the STORE tab on the top menu bar or click on the image. For more about the content and to read the rave reviews, visit the BOOK REVIEWS tab.
"Absolutely the best Zentangle Book yet! As an accomplished artist I used to think I did not need instruction on this art form. How wrong I was! My tangling improved by leaps and bounds after reading this book. If you think you have Zentangle down then you need this book more than ever!" ~ Kris H
The Official Zentangle Kit Another great jump-starter for new tanglers is the original Official Zentangle Kit. The Kit includes all the supplies you'll need to get started properly: Sakura Micron Pens, Zentangle Tiles, pencil, sharpener, tortillion, a booklet and an instructional DVD by co-founder Maria Thomas. Click on the image for more information about the Kit and its contents.

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5 comments to Tangle Refresher 127 – Featuring some excellent online guides to gel pens, calligraphy pens, drawing inks … and more!

  • Suzanne

    Wow, thanks so much for sharing all these guides and links! Can’t wait to go through them. I agree, no such thing as too many pens!

  • jacqueline

    Gee, maybe I missed it on the list but my absolute favorite pens are the koh i noor rapidograph pens. They can be a bit messy to refill, but they are “green”. I would recommend them to anyone

  • jacqueline

    thanks linda. i knew pens this good wouldn’t be left off the list!!

  • Joy

    I ordered some pens but didn’t see anywhere to let them know you recommended them. I will in the future when I have further contact. I did subscribe to their Newsletter. Thank you so much for this Buried Treasure.

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