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Touching grass and drawing trees

One of the few things I've managed to avoid dabbling in is ink drawing without drafting with a pencil underneath. The thought of putting ink on the page without a plan fills me with irrational dread (not least because I have aphantasia, which makes it basically impossible for me to conceptualize images from scratch without a lot of trial and error). However, plein air ink drawings seemed like an achievable task because I wouldn't have to pin all my hopes on my empty brain.

There's the complication of me never having much interest in plein air art before this, but that's never stopped me!

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The Platinum 3776 did my laundry and bought me lunch

I like Platinum pens. I have a few, and they've all been great and reliable and I use them very frequently. The greatest thing about them is that they can be had for under 20 US freedom dollars (about 7 bucks for the Platinum Preppy and 18 bucks for the Platinum Plaisir)!

Recently, I have come into possession of a Platinum 3776 Century, a pen that costs more than 10 times as much as the Plaisir: two hundred and eight (208) dollaroos before tax. You might be wondering how I got into this situation.

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The Sailor Compass 1911 is interesting

I got the Sailor Compass 1911 as a Christmas gift. This pen has been on my wishlist for a while because I love the look of it, not least because it's just really hard to find this shade of green! Most green pens can be categorized as Nickelodeon slime green or inoffensive emerald. I like Nickelodeon slime green as much as the next person, but I prefer my green in shades comparable to swamp algae, split pea soup, barf, etc.

While the design of the pen is one of my favorites, the pen itself is... not. Fortunately, a little bit of tweaking has made it serviceable.

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