Action Method For The iPhone and Online

For those of you new to the Action Method, this tool from Behance is a great way to get your business and personal life more organized and make ideas happen.

The online and iPhone versions of the Action Method were recently launched as a welcome addition to the line of Action Method paper products.

The Action Method Online allows you to take any project you may have in life and break it down into action steps, or tasks that need to be completed. You can record and organize any information related to your project, make note of "backburner" ideas that you would like to give attention to later and discuss the project with your coworkers or friends. It also records deadline or event dates, enables you to delegate, easily reprioritize and check things off as they are completed.

The Action Method introductory plan and the iPhone app are free, and there is a more sophisticated version of the online plan for $12.00 a month or $99.00 per year. The iPhone version can be used alone or in conjunction with Action Method Online. I’m definitely going to give this a try!

Action Book

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Solving Ink Flow Issues in Refillable Rollerball Pens

Kaweco Sport Rollerball Pen

We’ve heard feedback from some of you that your refillable rollerball pens for every day use are sometimes "dry", skip, or are hard to get started when you begin to write. What can be done to solve this problem?

Alan had this experience with a "dry" Kaweco rollerball pen. The ink that came with the pen just did not flow very well. First, he tried cleaning the feed of the pen to see if that would improve it, but it did not.

After this Alan tried using several different types of ink in the pen. Noodler’s Eel Ink improved the situtation a bit, but it still did not solve the problem. Then, by accident he discovered that Noodler’s Aircorp Blue-Black ink provided the "wet" ink flow that this pen needed. Since then this rollerball pen has been working much, much better.

Do any of you have this kind of experience with a "dry" refillable rollerball pen? If so, what did you do to solve the problem? We’re giving away a Kaweco Rollerball Pen along with a bottle of Noodler’s Aircorp Blue-Black (or another comparable ink if we have it) to whomever can provide the best solution to the problem!

CONTEST RULES:

Your comment must include the specific type of rollerball pen that you use as well as the brand & color of ink that you find works the best.

Deadline for comments to qualify for the giveaway: May 31, 2009. Winner will be announced by June 15, 2009.

Open to residents of the USA only. Must be 18 years or older to qualify for the prize.

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Ink Mixing Color Chart

From Ink Mixing (click on the picture to enlarge it)

For those of you new to color theory, figuring out how much of which colors to mix together to create the custom fountain pen ink color you want can be daunting! We figure most of you fellow fountain pen users already are creative people, but if you feel you need a bit of help with ink mixing, we’ve created a basic color chart as a guide.

This chart displays the recipe, or ratios of which ink colors to use to create other custom ink colors. For example, mixing one part magenta (Noodler’s Shah’s Rose) and one part yellow makes orange.

You might think that one part magenta and one part cyan would make purple, but instead it makes a violet-blue. To create purple ink you need only one part cyan (Noodler’s Navajoe Turquoise) and five parts magenta (Noodler’s Shah’s Rose).

In general, it is best to start with the lightest color of ink and slowly mix in the darker colors until you get the results that you want. For example, a small amount of Noodler’s The Whiteness of the Whale ink can be transformed into pink or light blue with just a few drops of Shah’s Rose or Navajoe Turquoise.

Our color chart abbreviates the color names as follows:

C = Cyan, or Noodler’s Navajoe Turquoise
M = Magenta, or Noodler’s Shah’s Rose
Y = Yellow, Noodler’s Yellow
K = Black, Noodler’s Black

The 2nd horizontal row of this chart that creates colors with Noodler’s The Whiteness of the Whale uses 5 parts white and one part of the original color in the top row.

The 3rd horizontal row of colors made with black uses 5 parts of the original color in the first row and one part black.

This chart only has a few examples of colors that can be created from four basic colors of Noodler’s Ink. We encourage you readers to share your favorite ink mixing results!

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