Sunday, November 21, 2010

Little Pleasures

I have so many Micron 01 pens that have been "opened." I don't know where they all came from, and they seem to have multiplied, even though I could swear I haven't opened a new one in I can't remember how long. Tile after tile, I keep using them, and figure three quarters of what are in my pen box are probably still in good shape, so why open a new one?
   Well, I think I misjudged those numbers, because lately, every one I've picked up has been a little on the scratchy side. It was getting tiresome trying to find a half-way decent one and this frugal mindset might have to turn a corner. They have been so well used (and loved!) that it's time for some to retire (Thank you for your service, dear pens!). As I reached for a fresh box of pens and took a new one out, it felt a bit like Christmas morning. Yay! I get to use a new pen. Life's little pleasures...
    As I continued on a Zentangle tile that I had started with a very old pen, I was so happy when the ink flowed with barely a touch to the paper. It felt so nice, this  'going with the flow', that I made gobs of little bubbles all around the edges, happily coloring in the background. Once again, reminding myself that it is about how it feels.







6 comments:

  1. It's sort of like the 'new car' smell, that feeling of ink flowing with inhibition from the pen. Actually, though, since I use my pens for shading, I also like using the micron pen that is almost out of ink. There is a scumbly look you can't get from any other pen at any other stage.

    Give me one of each, and I can draw the conquering of the world!

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  2. That should be 'flowing withOUT inhibition'. *sigh* Gotta learn to proofread BEFORE hitting the send button.

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  3. I am so glad to hear that others feel the same way about the Micron pens. I have so many I hold on to until I absolutely have to throw them away, and I get such a thrill out of opening a new one. They are such treasures!

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  4. Nice to know I'm in such good company - I have a growing stash that I don't use but can't seem to dispose of them. Sigh ;>)

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  5. Oh I agree with not throwing out the cratchy pens, and not being able to find a decent one!!Then I learned that the scratchy ones are great for very fine lines. Now I have got a bit organised and have a tin for scratchy ones, and one for the lovely new ones that write like a dream!Aaah!Sometimes leaving the scratchy ones for a while- they seem to "recover".I think that's why we don't throw them away?

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  6. I have the same little system, Judy. I even marked mine with pink nail polish when they were getting "hairy". I hang on to them forever, until , alas, their day is truly done. Tomorrow I will post a tile I found that I did entirely with a teeny spent Micron... A sort of 'scrumbly' look, as Molossus says :)

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