November 5, 2017

Stationery: Bits And Pieces

Whoever you are, you use stationery. Some of these items we take for granted are actually genius inventions that we can't do without, and as someone who constantly had to faff about in school with correction fluid, these correction tape dispensers shown at right were the light at the end of the tunnel. Gone were the dark days of dabbing brushes in correction fluid and waiting several minutes for it to dry, and the more recent days of correction pens that frequently got blocked up. Under the tape dispensers are two scratchboard tools given to me in 2016 by Jan Lowe of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists. One is a fibreglass-filament 'brush' and the other is a sharp point, both for scratching board surfaces.

The last item in my stationery showcase is a Cyclograph, a geometric drawing toy similar to Spirograph in the results it produces. As seen here, I spent many an hour as a kid producing these geometrically-patterned circles, but my Cyclograph is over 30 years old now and there are several cracks in the plastic. It's actually quite a brilliant invention. If you see one in a second-hand shop, grab it and don't look back.

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