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We’re shooting at Pinto Gallery in Antipolo. Stairs of stone and cement lead to and from pockets of gardens and ponds. There is a whiff of delightful dereliction about the place, a devil-may-care attitude towards cobwebs and lichen. There are sculptures almost indistinguishable in texture from the grass and soil and wood that surround them. There is a headless, armless Amazon in stone, a man overtaken by snails, a couple in clay staring across the pool to the trees beyond. There is a chapel, with Christ floating on the wall without a cross. There are stands of bamboo, succulent leaves larger than umbrellas, and unclothed wooden saints.

Ah, I thought, a perfect place to shoot my pens.

Blessed be the Tibaldi Iride.

St. Tibaldi Iride

Frog met frog, but nothing came of their encounter.

Frog versus Frog

The new Bexley sleeve filler got a taste of the limelight, in a sawn-off bamboo rod.

Bexley Sleeve Filler

And a tiny tribute to the overwhelmed man in the garden.

May you never be overwhelmed

I’d like to come back here. And sleep.

Time to sleep

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Sliced by time

This was a quick exercise using three different nibs on Moleskine reporter notebook paper: a Bexley fine (bright green ink), a crisp italic from Mr. Binder (spring green ink), and a vintage Parker Lucky Curve nib (burgundy ink). The Bexley fine works out better than the other two, which have a touch more tooth (in the case of the italic, more than enough tooth to qualify as a veritable bite!). For everyday use, a plain vanilla fine or extra-fine nib with a quick-drying ink will let you enjoy your Moleskine reporter notebook more.

PS. Thank you, moleskinerie.com, for featuring my Hello There 2008 image!

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I’d give it an A for looks an a C+ for paper performance.

I bought several Moleskine reporter notebooks in Fully Booked, the unruled version. The format interested me: compact, with the binding on top instead of on the left side. Ever since Chiqui introduced me to Moleskines, I’ve always had at least one on standby. The flavor I prefer is the sketch notebook. The paper is substantial, and has a tinge of warmth. I’ve had issues with fountain pen ink beading on the paper surface, but it has become an additional texture to my calligraphic work rather than an intrusion.

I felt let down by the flimsy paper inside, but gave it a shot anyway, creating two detailed calligraphy exercises, using nibs with high flex. As I expected, I got bleeding and feathering – but not as bad as I had feared. Ink bleeds through and makes the reverse of the page I’m working on useless, but at least feathering is kept to a minimum. So if I skip every other page, my work still looks clean.

The vertical format is good for me. My first stroke doesn’t go where I usually put it – on the upper left of the page – and that is an intriguing change.

The Reporter notebook’s paper feels like it will be more amenable to crayon, graphite and collage work. Perhaps there lies another Moleskine adventure.

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