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About cranialstorage

A semi-luddite working in the IT field. A collector and user of fountain pens and related desk/stationery items, old woodworking tools, and photography. A lover of books.

Invent 2019 – Day 15: Festive Cheer (sheen)

Wait… wait a minute… is that a purple? Is it?! Nope…. What we have today is closer to Royal Blue – deep blue with a purple leaning, much dependent on the choice of paper. The sheen is definitely more pronounced … Continue reading

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Invent 2019 – Day 14: Jack Frost (shimmer and sheen)

I have an odd relationship with blue ink – I don’t hate it, but I don’t really care for it either. I tend to avoid it, probably because through school everyone used blue ink in their ballpoints (the Bic crystal … Continue reading

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Inkvent 2019 – Day 13: Mulled Wine (standard)

Well, I initially misread the label as ‘Mullet’ when I first opened the flap, so that should tell you how the morning started. Mulled Wine is a bit of a surprise right after yesterday’s Noel – the colour similarity is … Continue reading

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Inkvent 2019 – Day 12: Noel (sheen)

Today’s ink is a red-brown (as opposed to a brown with pretensions of red). I had a bit of a tough time deciding, but my initial reaction was that it was more red, and when I rinsed the dip pen … Continue reading

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Invent 2019 – Day 11: Elf (standard)

I’ll keep this short, just like the name. Well, I guess I now officially have an Elf on the shelf. Today brings us another beautiful green, the sort of green you would expect to be used for official elf uniforms. … Continue reading

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Calgary Pen Club – Christmas Meeting TONIGHT!

Don’t forget… tonight is our annual social club meeting, which will be held at Murray’s, beginning at 7pm. If you can’t make it, stop on by our regular 3rd Monday of the month meeting at the Sunridge Mall food court, … Continue reading

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Inkvent 2019 – Day 10: Winter Miracle (shimmer & sheen)

I’ve secretly been hoping for a purple ink in this set, and today I thought it had arrived. When I uncapped the vial of Winter Miracle I was sure it was purple, it went on the paper purple, and then … Continue reading

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Inkvent 2019 – Day 9: Nutcracker (standard)

Today brings us another brown – I bit deeper than the earlier Triple Chocolate. I was initially thinking ‘walnut’ but I had some of my browns out, so I did a quick comparison of some of them. It’s warmer than … Continue reading

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Inkvent 2019 – Day 07: Mistletoe (standard) & Day 08: Gold Star (shimmer)

Not sure if it was random, or if Diamine opted to put a little something special for the weekend. I’ve been looking for a replacement green since Mont Blanc’s British Racing Green was discontinued, and Mistletoe may be it. A … Continue reading

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Inkvent 2019 – Day 06: Ho Ho Ho (standard)

A late post, but today’s colour is Ho Ho Ho – another red, this one a bit darker & richer. Looking at the two reds makes me think of cranberries – photos of cranberries always seem to have lighter and … Continue reading

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