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I'm slowly getting the word out, one snail mail at a time. Stationery Orbit is where we can all come to learn more about creative letter writing.

Stationery Orbit John West

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I'm slowly getting the word out, one snail mail at a time. Stationery Orbit is where we can all come to learn more about creative letter writing.

    R5 Mail Art Primer Re-issue

    R5 Mail Art Primer Re-issue

    This episode is the mail art primer.   (re-issue)
     
    Cling vinyl stamps allow the stamps to be used with an acrylic handle for support. 
    Three-color stamps
     
    The TAM Rubber Stamp Archive has a collection of prints of rubber stamps mail-artists have used since 1983. 

     Harriet Tubman stamp for the $20 bill
    https://occupygeorge.com/
    https://indroneswetrust.tumblr.com/participate
    https://www.stampstampede.org/
     
    East Asian seals 
     
    Mulready stationery
     
    https://www.jetpens.com/blog/how-to-use-washi-tape/pt/698
     
    https://every-tuesday.com/10-hand-lettering-enhancements/
     

    • 13 min
    R4 Wax Seals Primer Re-issue

    R4 Wax Seals Primer Re-issue

    This episode is the wax seals primer.  
    Intaglio seals are cut into the surface of the matrix.  Intaglio seals are most commonly used for wax seals and create a design in raised relief in the wax. 
    Relief seals have designs that are above the surface of the matrix.  Relief seals are commonly set behind a piece of paper for embossing that also creates a raised relief design.  If a relief seal is used in wax it creates an impressed design more like a mold.  
    Catherine Craft Supply
    Dexter Rings
    Regnas Rings
    Letterlocking
    http://brienne.org/exhibit-4
    http://letterlocking.org/about
    https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-did-people-do-before-envelopes-letterlocking
    My personal favorite method is to use wax beads in a wax furnace to heat the spoon with the wax in it and the spoon gives you more control over how the wax is applied to the letter.  Melting wax beads in a spoon also gives you the ability to mix wax colors to add to the character of the seal.
    Wax furnace
    Non-machinable postage 

    And a few links from the Wax Seals Revisited Episode
    https://backtozero.co/
    https://www.letterseals.com/
    https://www.carolinapencompany.com/custom-wax-seal
    https://vanness1938.com/collections/wax-seals
    J.Herbin Wax seal ink pads
    Global Solutions Metallic White Shimmer Stamp Pad
    Stick wax
    Glue gun wax - especially clear wax
    Wax beads

    • 9 min
    R3 The Paper Primer Re-issue

    R3 The Paper Primer Re-issue

    This is the Paper Primer.


    What is paper?
    A thin cellulose mesh
     
    Rags Make Paper
    Paper Makes Money
    Money Makes Banks
    Banks Make Loans
    Loans Make Beggars
    Beggars Make Rags
    -----Anon. English 19th C.
     
    What does it take to make paper?
                Pulping
                Machining -mesh forming
                Drying
                Finishing (sizing)
     
    Washi fiber length 13-17 mm, naturally acid free
    Cotton 3-5 mm
    Wood pulp cellulose 2-7mm
    Begasse paper 1.2 mm   
    Recycled fibers 1 mm
     
    What are the characteristics that make one paper more suited for a particular application?
    Absorption/ghosting / Bleed through
    Feathering
    Shade
    Sheens
    drying time
     
    Western paper makers
    Clairefontaine 
    Rhodia
    Leuchtturm
    Strathmore
    Baron Fig
    Story Supply
    Field Notes
    G Lalo
    Fabriano
     
    Mnemosyne
    Life
    Apica
    Midori
    Tamoe River
    Kokuyo
    Graphilo


     Ink Jet paper
     Massive List of Fountain Pen Friendly Paper
    Best Fountain Pen Paper


    Basel Paper Museum 
    Williams Paper Museum at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.  
    Fabriano Paper Museum

    • 16 min
    R2 The Ink Primer Re-Issue

    R2 The Ink Primer Re-Issue

    This episode is the Ink Primer.

    The Pen Addict
    Anderson Pens Ink Tool
    Richard Binder’s website
    3 Oysters
    Bungubox 
    Colorverse 
    Kobe
    KWZ
    Kyoto TAG 
    Namiki 
    PenBBS
    Penlux 
    Pilot 
    Platinum 
    Sailor 
    TWSBI 
    Taccia 
    Vinta Inks
    Robert Oster 
    Standard Bindery
    Van Dieman's Ink 
    Akkerman
    Blackstone
    Aurora 
    Callifolio
    Caran d'Ache 
    DeAtramentis
    Diamine
    Ferris Wheel Press
    Graf von Faber Castell 
    J Herbin 
    Kaweco 
    Lamy 
    Leonardo Officina Italiana 
    Montblanc
    Montegrappa 
    Organics Studio

    • 13 min
    R1 The Pen Primer Re-issue

    R1 The Pen Primer Re-issue

    Re-issue note: I listened through this episode in preparation for this re-issue and I was very pleased with how well it stood up to two years in the stationery world.  There were a (fortunately) few deletions and while there could have been a few additions, I will let this stand for now.  This re-issue now has the transcript and fits in with the current intro and outro.  Please let me know if I missed something big through our email at john at stationeryorbit dot com

    Start the Wayback Machine Mr. Peabody...

    This is the first of the primer episodes and I’ll be talking about pens today

    Update: this podcast will be produced on a two-week schedule.
    The Pen Addict  
    The Tokyo Inklings 
    https://www.penaddict.com/top-5-pens/
    Uni Jetstream 
    Parker Jotter  
    Fischer Space Pen 
    Uni Power Tank  
    Uni Deluxe 
    Pilot G2   
    The EPIC Refill Guide  
    Sharpie 
    Tombow markers
    Multi-pens 
    Glass nib pens  
    Comic/Manga nibs 
    Fountain pen makeup 
    Nib makers 
    What are nib grinds 
    Safari  
    AL Star  
    Lamy 2000 
    Sport  
    Lilliput  
    Student  
    Supro  
    Pelican M1000 
    https://thepelikansperch.com/
    Preppy/Prefounte    
    3776

    Metropolitan 
    Custom 74   
    Vanishing Point/Decimo  
    Custom 823  
    Pro Gear /Realo  
    Pro Gear Slim    
    1911 Large  
    Go   
    You can find me at 
    @gneissguyco on Instagram

    • 19 min
    62 Paperless Stationery?

    62 Paperless Stationery?

    In today’s episode, we will be talking about good old fashioned letter writing, how it is good for your brain and my recent experience in going *gasp*... paperless.


    Postal Bulletin
    Webb Space telescope stamps
    https://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2022/pb22603/html/info_003.htm


    Lagrange pointhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagrange_point


    Post Office shut downs
    https://bestlifeonline.com/usps-closing-post-offices-wildfire-news/


    The power of the handwritten note
    https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/workplace/why-handwritten-letters-and-cards-are-one-of-your-most-powerful-tools-20220720-p5b3aj


    Step away from the keyboard, it works even if you don’t mail it
    https://www.yourtango.com/love/intimacy-through-writing-letters


    The sandwich notebook strikes again but this time with an airmail set
    https://www.tbsnews.net/features/brands/khata-khori-dip-nostalgia-reimagining-stationery-460190


    So many wax seals
    https://bookriot.com/wax-seals/
    Did you say Descartes?
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/1082326931/statues-sculptures-wax-seal-stamp?click_key=83982be80b43bdecc3d460e2919624c8f5bb245a%3A1082326931&click_sum=703d2685&ref=shop_home_active_151&pro=1&sts=1 
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Descartes
    The use of the Mac ecosystem with an iPad for handwriting in the digital space
    Notability
    https://notability.com/


    PDF Expert
    https://pdfexpert.com/


    David Sparks Paperless Field Guide
    https://learn.macsparky.com/p/paperless


    Procreate
    https://procreate.art/



    Learn Calligraphy guide sheets for Procreate
    https://www.learncalligraphy.com/offers/3kQzw49E/checkout

    • 35 min

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