Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper, 9th Edition

Welcome to our 9th Carnival of Pen, Pencil, and Paper, collecting the past month’s highlights from blogs about pens, notebooks, office supplies and art supplies. The iPad may be getting all the hype this week, but we’re here to celebrate pads made of paper, ink that is not e-ink, and pages that turn in actual 3D space rather than just a ripple of electrons across a screen. Don’t get me wrong– I’m not anti-technology and I love my Apple products. But for this month’s Carnival, I decided to highlight the long history of paper, pen and pencil by choosing a few Editor’s  Picks that remind us that some technologies stay in use for hundreds of years, while others will be replaced by something new in no time and won’t leave such interesting stories behind.

Editor’s Picks:

Okami0731 presents SPECIAL BULLETIN – J Herbin 340th Anniversary Ink posted at Whatever. Can you believe this company has been around since 1670? Wow.

Lito Apostolakou presents Pencil Leads in Paris Barricades. Victor Hugo’s Pencil Stub. posted at Palimpsest.  A fascinating story about a humble pencil stub’s role in French political upheaval.

JoniB presents I’m a Green Inker!?! posted at Daydreamers Welcome. An interesting bit of trivia about what “green ink” has historically meant.

And now on to the rest of our submissions:


Matt presents My Recent Moleskine Hacks posted at 0MAk0’s Posterous, saying, “Notebooks, Moleskine, Piccadilly Inc, Pens, etc …”
Superpooky presents Tracking Weight with Field Notes posted at Trains, pens and planners, saying, “Perhaps more about how I’m using my Field notes rather than a review but we need to use our notebooks sometime. Right?”
travisthetrout presents Flip-Over Books: Things to do Today posted at Notes in a Book.


Margana presents A Variation on the Levenger True Writer Theme posted at An Inkophile’s Blog, saying, “Some gorgeous journals have paper that just isn’t fond of fountain pen ink. To make them useful, friends helped me find something suitable for these lovely but unloved journals.”
Tom Overfield presents yard-o-led viceroy victorian – oozing of craftsmanship « lady dandelion posted at lady dandelion, saying, “Her pictures here are incredible. So hard to take ones of metallic objects but these are flawless.”
Patrick Sikes presents The Fountain Pen is Back!” posted at Norsk Woodshop.
David Garrett presents J. Herbin Poussière de Lune posted at seize the dave.
Tom Oddo presents How does the Pen Addiction Start? posted at Goldspot Pens, saying, “How do we become so infatuated with writing instruments?”
TonyB presents President Obama’s 22 Signature Pens posted at Tiger Pens Blog, taking a detailed look at how and why the President used all those pens to sign the health care bill.


Alberto presents Canson Fanboy Create Your Own Comic Book Kit Review posted at Kid Sketches, saying, “Nice paper sample introductory kit for artists exploring the tools commonly used in creating sequential art and graphic novel stories.”

That’s it for this month. Thank you to everyone who submitted these excellent posts! Next month’s Carnival will be hosted at Whatever by Okami. You can submit a post using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. More info about the Carnival posted here too.

13 thoughts on “Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper, 9th Edition”

  1. Just to make sure there’s no confusion I nominated Lady Dandelion’s post but didn’t write or have anything to do at all with it. I wish I did, but it is all her. 😀

  2. Thanks for a great compilation of recommendations – plenty to read 🙂 and for hosting this carnival.

    Also a big thank you Tom for recommend my post – very kind!

  3. Thanks for picking my Pencil Stub! What a wonderful selection of posts – you are a great host!

    Looking forward to the next carnival in May.

  4. Wow! this is one of those times when I’m glad I clicked on a tag word and voila, ended up here! I’ll be back. Love this whole post and carnival – wonderful.
    I gotta go look through my own notebooks now.

  5. This is great,thank you. I clicked the message by Mari of Write Now. This is the best place to read up ,learn and try and buy. Again Thank You!!!MM

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