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Ink Trivia

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Red ink Certain images instantly conjure up this bold color: fire engines, flames, roses, rouges, rubies, rust, tomatoes, blood and valentines. Red pens have traditionally been used by teachers when grading papers – ostensibly to make their comments and markings stand out from the original work. Red is hot. It's a strong color that conjures up a range of seemingly conflicting emotions from passionate love to violence and warfare. Red is Cupid and the Devil. Red ink was used extensively in medieval manuscripts. It was the color of headings, titles and initials. It was also used for important days in...

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Writer Quotes

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“Caesar had perished from the world of men, had not his sword been rescued by his pen.” - Henry Vaughan“You want to be a writer, don't know how or when? Find a quiet place, use a humble pen.” - Paul Simon“Putting pen to paper lights more fires than matches ever will!” - Malcolm Forbes“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make.” - Truman Capote“But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think...” - Lord...

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Message in a Bottle:Water-proof Ink

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A Message in a Bottle is a form of communication whereby a message is sealed in a container (archetypically a glass bottle, but could be any medium, as long as it floats and remains waterproof) and released into the sea or ocean. Among other purposes they are used for scientific studies of ocean currents.Ever since humans have had the "vessel" for a letter, the ability to write and the time to do it messages have been dropped into the sea. Messages inside of bottles have been floated over a long period of time by a variety of people, for a...

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Pen and Ink Drawings

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In fine art, the term 'pen and ink' denotes a drawing technique involving the use of black and other colored inks which are applied to a support (generally paper) with either a dip pen or a reservoir pen. This traditional, versatile media has been used by Western artists since ancient-Egyptian times, for sketches, finished drawings or ink and wash paintings. It is also one of the main mediums involved in book illustration. The development of ink truly revolutionized human life. Long before Gutenberg simplified the printing process, ancient cultures in Egypt, Greece and Asia used ink for creating handwritten manuscripts,...

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Fountain Pen Ink Trivia

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Fountain pen ink is a water-based ink intended for use with fountain pens.Because fountain pens operate on the principle of capillary action, ink for them is almost exclusively dye-based. Pigment inks (which contain solid pigment particles in a liquid suspension) tend to clog the narrow passages of the pens. Some pigmented inks do exist for fountain pens, but these are uncommon. The ideal fountain pen ink is free-flowing, free of sediment, and non-corrosive. These qualities may be compromised in the interests of permanence, manufacturability, and in order to use some widely available dyes.Most fountain pen manufacturers also provide a brand...

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