one pen, ink, drawing and maybe a lipstick at a time

Author: murberdraws

Chicago PEN SHOW 2017.

Chicago PEN SHOW 2017.

The Chicago Pen show has already come and gone, but I am posting about it anyway because PEN SHOW!  (also, that should always be in caps—once you go to a show, you’ll understand why 🙂)  I’m not sure what happens to an attendee of a […]

bite me.  #thisisnotafountainpen :)

bite me. #thisisnotafountainpen :)

I started this blog to talk about lots of things, but if you know me, you’d know I’m extremely interested in lip products. I wouldn’t say obsessed since there are other things that hold my interest (like fountain pens and inks and watercolors and nail polish! :)), […]

Write it down.

Write it down.

Keep a log.

It’s funny.  I have relatively more time these days and yet if I don’t write it down, I can’t always recall what happened just a couple of days prior.  I’m not sure what that is lately, but I’m going to be more consistent and capture the little moments so I can look back later and laugh…maybe cry–I hope not cry.  I’m not a huge crier–you can ask Mr. Murbers. That’s not to say that I’m not affected by things, I am.  There have been a few things in my life that have drastically changed recently. I’d like to get the the point where being upset could fuel huge, creative bursts of energy!  I’m not there yet, but I’m working on that. 🙂

If you’re like me, you’ve got multiple notebooks (many blank eek!  Two is one and one is none, right?) and lots of versions of the Hobonichi planner (how could you not want the teeny Toast plate?) as well as the Traveler’s Notebook formats. I’m working a lot harder on seeing what works and what doesn’t.  I’m finding the above format is quite good for quickly writing down what I was up to on a given day. The little drawing that’s taped in there is one of my 2-second drawings. I found it while I was tidying up the other day and wanted to keep it.

I’m also debating whether to use one fountain pen for the entries.  In a way I find it very visually appealing and cohesive to have a similar color running throughout.  I do have a week where I forgot my vintage nibbed pen while on a trip and used my trusted Franklin-Christoph 45 (my Cappuccino one) with MCI nib instead of the pen in the photo above (a Shinobi built for a fantastic vintage nib which PEN SHOW vendor Tim Pierson found especially for me) and even though it doesn’t have the magical flex that the above pen does, it still looks like it belongs.

WRT to this blog, the new format and software has a learning curve, but hopefully it will become 2nd nature like flossing my teef every day.  I’m a dentist’s daughter after all, if I can do that, I can do anything.

Hello Pens

Hello Pens

Oooo you’ve found me and here it begins.  My thoughts about a multitude of things will be laid out here…Pens!  Ink!  Makeup!  Drawing!  The Furry Son!  Reviews!  Whatever enters my noggin will most likely end up here.  It’s unusual for me to live out loud, so […]