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  • Review: Rossi Classica Italiana II

    This is a continuation of my Rossi paper review..

    It writes very well! The paper is creamy and just a little toothy, which I like. It gives a nice feedback to the nib. The paper is thin enough to be able to show guidelines through the back. 

    I felt very fancy writing a letter on it! I used walnut ink and it felt very nice, no snagging at all. I’d like all my writing paper to be like this.

    The envelope is very plain, no designs or liner. It has a little laid texture but also takes ink and nib very well. It is a tad too small though, especially if one is using three stamps for an international letter.

    Not a bad combo! Real classy like.

    There is one huge drawback though.. the paper has to be folded twice to fit in the envelope. This is totally mind blowing, I mean with the attention to detail on the printing and paper quality, you’d think they would make it so a folded writing paper would fit the envelope perfectly? Nope, I had to fold twice. Eww!

    Besides that it really is a beautiful stationery. You can find their retailers on their website here, PS: I am not affiliated.

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  • Review: Rossi Classica Italiana paper I

    Rossi is an Italian stationery maker and I am always in love with the beautiful designs in their Classica line. Their stuff is a little expensive though so I never took the plunge, but today I found some of their letter writing set on sale for 50% off and had to get two sets!

    The paper is sooo fine and creamy, not too thin nor too thick, and best of all, on the papers are these gorgeously printed designs with beautiful gold embellishment.

    The designs are very beautifully printed and delicate. I don’t know if it’s just mine, but each box set comes with only 6 sheets of paper and 6 envelopes. Huh. I wish there was more.

    The only thing I don’t like is that they print a little branding on the bottom left of all the writing papers. Ehhh I don’t really care for that, it seems to cheapen the paper..

    You can buy the stationery through their US retailers found on their website. Tomorrow I will use the paper for a letter and continue the review!

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  • The original four bird flourished Painted Pens. I’m tempted to call them John Paul George Ringo!

    From bottom: Will be auctioned off at Iampeth, will be sold privately, will be sold privately, will be given to a close friend of Brian and I.

    More flourished bird Painted Pens will come, because these are super fun to make!

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  • oh-dr-lecter asked : this is kind of a silly, random question, but would you happen to be able to tell me what theme you were using before this one? (it was orange, if i remember correctly, and i've always thought it looked stunning!) thank you so much. i read your blog every day, and all of your creations are marvelously beautiful.

    Thanks! The theme I was using before this was Strands from Tumblr. It was very pretty, with a great tech support too.. but I changed the blog layout now to match the website. 

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  • Annoy A Postman #6 - Sunnyvale, California

    For Annoy a Postman No. 6, Sandy Wambold in California was contacted and I sent her an envelope on July 5th. The envelope is addressed to her workplace, so with full confidence, we thought we could annoy both the postmen and the delivery people at her work at the same time. Haha! Take that, poor innocent people!

    And thus I made this monstrosity:

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    Yep.. very very light pink on ivory paper. Hey, it could be worse, my original plan was to have it pure white on white paper. LOLOLOL. But the little angel on my right shoulder convinced me to at least tint the ink with some color, because you know, it’s called annoy-a-postman not straight-to-the-USPS-shredder. Even Mark Twain has that WTF look on his face.

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    Hey, in my defense, it’s not THAT unreadable. I used a thick bleedproof white for ink so it’s actually kind of beveled. And if you kind of hold it up to the light just so, you can actually kind of make out the words.. try squinting a little.. I really had hopes for the Californian postmen!

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    Look, this is a better picture of it held to the light. Much clearer right? You can totally make out what it is.. totally. I don’t see the problem! Sheesh!

    Anyway yeah no it didn’t arrive. We waited a week.. then two weeks.. then a month.. and now it is almost the end of August and we feel perhaps it’s safe to say it is dead after two months. Did I mention the return address was written with the same ink and style? Yeah it’s dead!

    Soooo with that, Annoy a Postman celebrates/mourns its first lost letter.. my very first lost letter. Not exactly deliberate (though some may say it is), let’s just say California knows how to party but does not and will not take shit from Openinkstand. 

    Until next time…

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  • "Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."

    Hans Christian Andersen
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  • cassieanabellee asked : 我来自中国,不过我很喜欢你写的字,很漂亮!l come from China,but i like your wirting,so beautiful!O(∩_∩)O

    你好! And thank you, I’m glad you like my work!

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  • Thou wouldst be loved? -- then let thy heart
         From its present pathway part not!
    Being everything which now thou art,
         Be nothing which thou art not.
    So with the world thy gentle ways,
         Thy grace, thy more than beauty,
    Shall be an endless theme of praise,
         And love -- a simple duty.

    A simple and beautiful Poe poem. You could really feel his passion in those words. Written using a Leonardt Principal and bleedproof white ink.

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  • Anonymous asked : Hi, Schin! Do you have any recommendations of nibs for heavy-handed people? I did look at your FAQ page, but was wondering if any of those are good for heavy-handed people in particular.

    Hmm.. well the aim is to eventually develop a light touch, but if you have a heavy hand perhaps a Nikko G or Zebra (both made by the same people) may help. It is a friendly, long lasting nib and I frequently use it as well. Just make sure to clean the oil off of it thoroughly before using!

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  • I found these beautiful Jane Austen postcards in Paper Source, and had to take the $17 plunge. Quite expensive but the box was so impressive, with the letter press and pretty design everything.

    I was a little disappointed when the actual postcards were super flimsy. The design is really nice, but the paper stock is very thin. I don’t think they would survive the postal service without being torn or creased or even folded.

    You can buy these on Amazon, but I wouldn’t.. just read the reviews. At least I got a really nice box out of it.

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  • Some gold envelopes. Those poor plants in the back died only a week later.. sigh!

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  • Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup
    They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe
    Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind
    Possessing and caressing me
    Jai Guru Deva Om

    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world

    Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes
    They call me on and on across the universe
    Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box
    They tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe
    Jai Guru Deva Om

    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world

    Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears
    Inciting and inviting me
    Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns
    It calls me on and on, across the universe
    Jai Guru Deva Om

    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world

    Jai Guru Deva

    My very favorite Beatles lyrics. 
    I’ll do another John Lennon calligraphed portrait, but with my second favorite Beatles lyrics “Imagine.”

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  • Openinkstand at Tumblr just broke over 4000 followers. Wow! I am not very proficient with Tumblr (for example I don’t know how to answer questions in reblogs without reblogging) so I am thankful for all your likes and hearts. I have a huge backlog of Ask Me Anythings but am trying to answer them proficiently when I can.

    Thanks again!

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  • Fancy fairytale style in gold. These look complicated but were soooo fun to make!

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  • Some colorful envelopes for an exchange.

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