Dear Everyone ~
Some dreamy delights have drifted into the shop,
especially for correspondents, watercolourists, sketchers,
doodlers, listers, collagers … and packaging admirers.
I’m so very thrilled about accordion books (a.k.a. concertinas)
from Germany in a quartet of sizes; 30 cold-press watercolour “postcards”
in a very pretty protective tin; and fountain pen inks from Japan
in fourteen nature-honouring colours.
The accordion sketchbooks are made from natural white
Hahnemühle heavy watercolour paper.
(It is truly two-sided, which is not always the case.)
The covers are charcoal grey cloth with a bit of sheen and subtle texture.
The red elastic closure wraps from the back to hook over
the upper front corner—something I’ve never seen before.
Don’t feel left out if you aren’t a watercolourist.
These books make lovely travel albums, swatch collectors,
or celebratory cards where everyone gets his or her own panel to inscribe and decorate.
An accordion book left open on a mantel or shelf is a lovely enticement to remember an(y) occasion.
The Hahnemühle paper is also great for coloured pencils and for pen and ink.
Speaking of ink: these fountain pen inks are made by Kyo-no-oto. Yes, in Kyoto.
Why would I resist nine numbered inks plus five special-edition colours?
Their boxes are little jewels (2¾ x 1⅞ x 1½) of packaging detail.
The numbered inks come in a superb letterpress-printed box
made of ultra-heavy natural white watercolour paper.
The wrap-around label is printed on slightly glazed white paper.
The combination is exquisite.
The five special-edition inks are in a different palette,
with a different box design, and the ink bottle itself is definitely luxe.
These perfectly portable postcards come in a tin that is noteworthy in its own right.
The 4 x 6 postcards have rounded corners and rule-lines for an address.
The card surface is ideal for watercolour, pen and ink, coloured pencil,
and even markers. The cold-press stock is natural white …
and the raised Hahnemühle logo on the lid is the best little crest.
Link to the ink
Click here to the accordion books
Click here to the tin of postcards
Three seats are still available in Cat Bennett’s Drawing Faces class
on Sunday, June 9. (Her Saturday Drawing Faces is sold out.)
Space is also available in Allan Hunter’s (Husband of Cat)
Writing the Stories You Need to Tell workshop on Saturday, June 8.
Even if you don’t think of yourself as a serious writer,
you can pick up tips, techniques, and encouragement from a pro.
Capering with paper, Bari