WWII Documents

March 24, 2008

red stamp
Originally uploaded by Duc N. Ly.

I’m visiting Poland for Easter. A friend show me this document. I was impressed with the strong paper and the fountain pen marks.


March 12, 2008


Originally uploaded by Duc N. Ly.

Prismacolor Verithin Crimson Red 745
Levenger 3 x 5 grid card

I finally found a grid index card that has light line. The Mead or Oxford ones are too dark. Recently, I like to make these small drawings on them. I also plan to organize my stamp collections too on the grid.


March 11, 2008


Originally uploaded by R.Rasmussen.

I’m always struggling to find a good tool to capture and track dreams. For a while, I tried Jott. Which works but sometimes Jott doesn’t understand what I’m saying as I’m half awake trying to recall my dream.
I heard about an artist who keeps a typewriter at the stand near the foot of his bed. He wakes up and writes. For those of us who co habitat this can be a problem. The typewriter can be awful loud too. For a while, I kept a light pen and a pad of paper on the night stand. I though this was a very interesting drawing and idea to the problem.

Sketch book ink L

March 6, 2008

Sketch book ink L

Originally uploaded by Duc N. Ly.

Alot of you ask me “Do you actually use all of your many journals?” Well Here’s one from my travels in Hungary in the summer of 2000 that was before I turn into such a paper snob.  Look at the bent spiral binding!  It was also a gift a travel companion.

The writing is done with a very scratchy old fountain pen that I got couple years later in Poznan, Poland. It’s a wonderful old fountain pen from an antique shop. I’ve since lost it after I dropped it and damage the whole pen. 😦 The ticket is for Budapest bus rides.


March 6, 2008

I woke up with a thought that I would be writing about this trendy stationer call Nava from Italy.

I came to this designer notebook through of all things…PencilTalk which is in the blogroll below. PencilTalk or Stepen has written some wonderful reviews and has maintain an integrity that I admire, no sponsorship or commercial ambitions. Most of the blog concentrates on pencils and mechanical pencils. I’ve been getting back to pencil drafting and the site is a great resource. But once in a while, he writes a deft review of notebooks such as the nava notepad.

Jenifer Hsu also named it the notebook of the year 2007 in her blog The Notebook Museum, also in my blogroll down below.

Nava’s site will be up soon.

Meanwhile you can order through:

http://www.thinkrockpaperscissors.com – The site has great links for designers, some humorous and some very useful.

skripta-paris.com/us/art_pocket-notepad-architectures-by-nava-design – I really like their logo and they are a great connections to European trends. I found it via Stephen’s Pencil Talk.