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Hello, I just found your website and I love it so much. All your drawing and painting are so wonderful. Actually I think you are really amazing ! ;) ;) ;)

Admin reply: Hello, Thanks for your wonderful comments! I'm really not amazing. :)


Added: August 23, 2015
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Hi Russ! I'm just writing to say thank you for the Fr. Frey psalter spread out to four weeks. I've occasionally managed to do the one-week plan, but only when I'm on vacation. FWIW, I'm a former evangelical who converted to Eastern Orthodoxy about eight years ago. I'm on a life-long quest to knead the Psalter into my being.

Admin reply: I'm glad you found that plan useful. Great to hear from another former evangelical who made their way into the Church!


Added: August 17, 2015
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Sorry I wasn't very clear. I did find plenty of information on the vacuform. Thanks! I'm more interested in the dimensions and process of making the sketch boxes. They are exactly what I'm looking for! If I could put one together that's half as good I would be happy:) any details would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks, Eric

Admin reply: Well, every box I've mad has been a different size, so I can't say what the best dimensions are. I base the size on the plastic palette, adding the size of small walls which are about the same heigh as the palette. I think I usually use wood around 6X6mm. I cut it with one of those snap off disposable blade knives, and glue it down to a square of plywood which is just thick enough not to bend (I think anywhere from 2 to 4 mm thick). I use white craft glue, and when it's all dry, I sand the heck out of everything because I always cut the wood a little too big. Of course, where the side walls have to fit together snugly from the start, I cut them to the exact size. Most of my time is spent sanding!


Added: August 7, 2015
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First let me say I love the work and time you have dedicated to the things you love! Thank you!! I am the other person on the planet that is interested in making the perfect watercolor sketch box;) I am going to build a vacuform box this weekend! I would like to get a little more info on how to build the boxes. Also, do you notice a lot of staining on the plastic you use? Thanks again! Eric Sprouse

Admin reply: Hi Eric, as for staining, it's not any more than any regular palette as far as I've observed. Not so bad at all.

As for more instructions, in contrast to all the instructions on the web and YouTube on how to make a perfect sturdy vacuum form box, I went with the cheapest, bare minimum materials, and cut lots of corners. As long as it is fairly airtight, has a hole for the vacuum cleaner and a mesh on top, it should work. Even now, I waste a lot of styrene sheets trying to get a decent palette, So my advice would be to get lots of styrene sheets, more than you will need at the moment. After you make the vacuum box, you will want to use it a lot anyway -- usually at a moment's notice when there's no time to get more sheets.

Good luck!


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First off all great site and beautiful sketches, I like the style. I have questions For the platinum fountain pen and platinum brush. Can you use a converter with the brush and How to fill with It? And how fine is the line from the platinum fountain pen in comparison with a rotring art pen (if one uses for both * * * EF)? Is It like they say, when you buy a Japanees fine pen itís a European extra fine pen? Greetings and happy sketches.

Admin reply: You can use a Platinum cartridge in both the Platinum fountain pen and brush pen, so that means a Platinum piston converter will also fit. I've never tried to use the brush pen with a converter because my favorite ink Platinum Carbon Ink comes in a cartridge. Platinum nibs are more fine than western nibs. I only have a Rotring art pen with a BB nib so I can't say how a Platinum compares with their EF.


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Added: June 29, 2015
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Hi, Russ -

I came across your site last Fall when I first got into * * * and appreciated all the valuable information.
I am coming to Tokyo at the end of the month and was wondering if I could ask your advice on pen stores -- your list is fantastic, but I wonder how much has changed since 2008. My family won't have *alot* of patience for my visiting many pen stores, so I am looking for a shop with good selection and good prices.
Also, I have a Nakaya Picollo Shu with a music nib which I got from Nibs.com. Do you recommend a visit to the Nakaya factory? I also have a Sailor 1911 with a music nib. I'd like to get a nice pen(s) as a souvenir from my trip while there. We will also visit Kyoto.
Thanks so much for your help!!
All the best, Suzanne

Best regards,
Suzanne

Admin reply: Thanks for your kind words. I must admit I haven't visited most of those shops for a few years now, but I know that Ameyoko is still there, and Maruzen, and Ito-ya (under construction, but a temporary store is around the corner), and the Pilot Pen Station. The others may or may not be there now.

As for Nakaya, it isn't so much a factory as a little office with a few older guys working on pens at their benches. You could contact them via their web site and see about an appointment. At least one of them speaks English (so I'm told; he has only spoken in Japanese to me).

As for good prices, apparently the system in Japan guarantees that there will be no difference in Japanese fountain pen prices whether you go to an old basement shop or a fancy department store. Actually, I would recommend you just visit any department store in Japan to see the fountain pens. For non-Japanese fountain pens, Ameyoko has lower prices.

I have no idea what's in Kyoto!


Added: June 25, 2015
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I was just wondering, what is the name of the font that you use to make your baseball inspired logos?

Admin reply: It's not a font, but my own creations based on several fonts and samples I've seen.


Added: June 14, 2015
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Hi, Russ, congrulations for your convertion, long life to japanese catolics

Admin reply: Thank you! God bless you!


Added: June 11, 2015
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