Inky tips : Sakura pigma micron

IMG_0514Hey everyone ,

I have finally got back round to making another inky tips post since its been way to long since my last one. So for those of you who don’t know what “inky tips” is , its my lil once a month blog series where I share a mix of inky things from illustrator related tips , my opinion on inky goods and advice on anything from pens to sketchbooks, paper, software, equipment and more.

So picking up with where I left off last time I’ve made quite afew inky purchases ( not ofcourse I’m not a pen addict pfft that’s silly you really couldn’t tell from my instagram). Today I thought I’d show the sakura pigma micron fine liner

Inky tip one  : The sakura pigma micron is the third liner I’ve tried in my inky doodles, what I really love about them  ( aside from the fact they come in many colours ) is the durable nib quality . I’m not sure whether I am just extremely inky but find that the nibs in my sakura liner lasts longer than previous ones I’ve tried , they also come in a variety of nib sizes from 0.05 to 0.08.

Inky tip two : Lastly they’re filled with archival ink meaning you can doodle your heart out and your illustrations won’t fade. I’ve also found they resist bleeding on a variety of paper types I’ve tried from cartridge paper to layout paper.

Price wise  :  When it comes to price I’d say they were quite a reasonable inky pen to buy starting at about £2.21 from most online stationary stores.

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 If you’re as big a pen geek ( or addict ) as I am this is definitely a pen to try and inky additional to any vast pen collection.  Have you tried the sakura micron before and what did you think?

 Kate x

A very special inky gift …

A few weeks back I received a very special inky gift from a very dear friend in the mail ( I’ve finally gotten round to blogging about it and am still equally as excited!). At first I pondered “did I order something I’d forgotten about?” however upon peeling back the seal saw a particularly inky black and white doodle that I couldn’t have not recognised.

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In that parcel wrapped with inky packaging was another little box wrapped up in a satin black ribbon, no doubt by now you have a little idea as to what may have been in the box.

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An inky collaborative bracelet made by Jane Gowan and Johanna Basford ( my favourite illustrator :D ).

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I think the only way to describe it is like way back when girls would que up for a signature from their favourite west life band member ( not exactly my cup of tea personally but closest comparison I could think of) only for me this is a fan girl moment in an inky illustratory sparkly way.

The bracelet is beautiful and  never did I think I would be lucky enough to own one but I know I will treasure it always :D.  If you haven’t had a sneak peek at Johanna’s collaboration with Jane you can find out more here and see their inky project unfold 

Kate x