Writing by hand is a highly recommended way to improve your recall and understanding of foreign vocabulary and syntax.
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They just can’t seem to get it right when it comes to women.
Remember the “Bic For Her” campaign a few years ago? The French pen brand launched a version of the classic Cristal with pastel colors and a thinner barrel it said was supposed to fit a woman’s hand.
That did not go over well. Reviewers on Amazon savaged the Bic For Her with snarky comments and questions like, “Do you have any special pens for ‘that time of the month?'” And the reaction to Bic’s pen made news around the world, especially when the company was slow to respond.
Now Bic pen ads have stepped in it again with a campaign in South Africa. [Read more…]
I’ve always been fascinated by 3D drawing and the idea that an artist could create such incredible illusions using nothing more than a pencil and piece of paper.
With hopes that our readers will enjoy these as much as I have, here are some awesome examples of 3D drawings and artists. Also included are a few links to some 3D art techniques for beginners in case any of you want to give it a try.
Dutch artist Ramon Bruin is one of the masters of the technique, drawing skulls, cities, sharks and snakes that seem more like objects that happen to be sitting on paper than drawings.
The other day, I asked a woman at the doctor’s office if I could take a look at her pen. She gave me kind of an odd stare, so I said, “I’ve got a thing about pens.”
It wasn’t the most elegant way to explain my interest in writing instruments. That got me to thinking about how other people have said it. One thing led to another, and I ended up looking at pithy quotes about pens on the internet.
Here are some of the pen quotes that either amused me or seemed to have a particular resonance:
If you’ve ever had writers block then a little distraction may be just the thing to get the creative juices flowing. The Spincil is a 2b graphite lead pencil made from natural beechwood with a spinning top at the end, which is a novel change from an eraser I suppose! It’s been created by Ortiedesign a French design studio who say they like to embellish everyday life by using everyday materials & healthy paints. I was pleased to read that they care about the environment too so use wood from sustainable forests & don’t create unnecessary packaging.
The concept of a spinning top takes me back to the family home & conjures up memories of cold winter evenings lying in front of the fire whiling away the time with a few rounds of battling tops with the family. This game was popular in the late 60’s & 70’s & ours is no longer around but it seems there are still some vintage examples for sale if you too are feeling nostalgic.
There’s nothing new about the idea of amalgamating a spinning top with a pencil, a quick search of the internet will show varying levels of design. From home made paper & cardboard circles (I even found some “how to” instructions) to a Victorian antique in the form of a telescopic pencil. What is different about the Spincil is that its hand made vertically all in one piece, which apparently made it complicated to produce & means it can’t be put on a production line & mass produced.
So, if you feel like taking your pencil for a spin during your next drawing project try a Spincil, the more you sharpen the more the top rotates.