Wednesday, August 24, 2011

iPhones, eReaders & the Future of the Written Word

Hand-Stitched POP UP iPhone leather sleeve (Dark brown embossed-croco) $49 USD by

I love technology, I really do. I think I'm part artist and part aspiring computer nerd. Just recently I upgraded my already outdated flip phone for an iPhone4. I was instantly hooked! I'm also new to blogging. With my laptop at the ready, my fingers fly across the keyboard with more ease and efficiency than I could ever achieve by hand.  My husband loves his new eReader which already contains a gazillion books! With so many resources at our fingertips, what's not to love?

Although I love technology, I also love the feel of a real, physical book in my hands. I like the feel of the paper as I turn the pages. I've also noticed that my handwriting has become pitiful over the years and is now barely legible. My fine motor skills for handwriting has diminished considerably because I don't do it much anymore.  This affects my ability to sketch too as I don't partake nearly as often as I'd like.

"Are we fated to lose the skill of beautiful handwriting that our forefathers achieved in exchange for text messages and emails?"

So what's the future of the written word? Are we fated to lose the skill of beautiful handwriting that our forefathers achieved in exchange for text messages and emails? And what about our books? What will happen to all those shelves of treasured tomes? Will they simply be discarded for one slender eReader? r u catching my drift? LOL

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Personally, I'm not really all that worried about the future. I believe our most treasured books will remain and our harlequin romances will be on the e-reader. I'll text message "r u coming home 4 dinner?" and I'll handwrite a special "Thank You" card. There's nothing wrong with saving a little space and trees for that matter. As the old saying goes, "there's a time and place for everything".

"I'm not really all that worried about the future."

As for handwriting, there are more amazing handmade pens and journals available than ever before for those of us who still love to handwrite.

For my part, I intend to continue researching and learning ancient bookbinding techniques to preserve and share. I've decided to learn some calligraphy too to enhance the beauty of my handwriting and refine my motor skills. I intend to keep handwritten journals too.

The future is what we make of it and I expect we'll strike a beautiful balance in the long run.

On my quest to find the perfect handmade pen, I found many on Etsy and couldn't resist! I bought several and am joyfully anticipating what they will be like to write with when they arrive!  For example, I'd never seen a glass dip pen before and already I'm a collector! Just look a my new pen collection!

Purchased from

Purchased from I bought this chance vintage find...

Vintage Handmade Glass Pen from

Aren't these handmade glass dip pens amazing? Click here to see how they work! And last but not least, I purchased a beginner's calligraphy book, some ink and this handmade treasure...

Twig dip pen set, Hobbit pen. Gift box set  by

What are you doing to balance technology with tradition in your life?  What do you think our future holds for the written word? Leave us your comments!

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  1. Those pens are gorgeous. How could you not want to write and then read what those pens wrote? Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Hope you are able to get back into your studio soon.

  2. Thanks for commenting on my blog. Those are gorgeous pens! I am a Kindle girl myself, but I do still love the feel of real books, paper, and pens. Good luck with your calligraphy - I have been meaning to learn for a while!


  3. Hi Abby and Julia, I've been enjoying your blogs this evening! Thanks for stopping by. I'll let you know how the pens and calligraphy goes. :)

  4. I was a little reluctant to get a kindle app on my ipad because I love holding books and having them displayed on my bookshelf but I took the plunge and love it. I get to read all my guilty pleasure books! I do still buy books from my fav authors and classics.
    As for writing, I still love to write and won't let texting and emailing get in the way of that.
    I love the pens you found on etsy!!

  5. Hi Stela! Thanks for sharing your comments. I would like to try an eReader for recreational reading or anything bulky. I hear eReaders are great for traveling too.

  6. I find my handwriting has gotten worse because I just don't do it enough anymore. But if I did, I would use the pens you spotlighted. Wow! Those glass pens are phenomenal.

  7. Hi Christine, nice to meet you. I love my iphone, I don't think I could live without it now.

    I must comfess that it has been quite a while since I actually sat down to read a book. A couple years ago I discovered audio books and I admit that the lure of listening while I paint has really won me over. I love being able to work and read a book at the same time. Written books truly have gone the way of the dinosaur in my house.

    Thank you for showing all the beautiful artwork in this post.


  8. Oh what beautiful pens! I watched the video and love the way the ink stays on such a long time! Who wouldn't want to write a letter or sketch a design with those pens?!!

    I read read read -- books! I am a library-goer and am never without a book! I don't think I'd care for a reader, as wonderful as that technology is.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  9. I agree, there is a place for both technology and handwritten goodness :) Love your new pens!!!

  10. Wow! Such wonderful feedback. Thanks for your comments.

    Ruth, I've always wanted to try audio books when I'm creating. I know other artists who enjoy this as well.

  11. I just received the wooden pen and the vintage glass pen in the mail and they're AMAZING!

    The glass pen is super easy to use and provides consisten results. You can write a surprising amount with just one dip.

    I need to brush up my calligraphy and dipping technique for the other pen, but it is equally wonderful. So many different nibs to try out! Although it takes a bit more getting used to, the artistry that can be achieved is inspiring. Wow!!!

  12. "A time and a place" is such a good point. There are times that handwriting just can't be replaced, but texting, email and e-readers are the greatest! I recently got an iPhone 4 too, and it's amazing. In fact, I have a Kindle app and read on it too. Love it!
    The glass pens are beautiful. May need to get one of those!
    Hope your recovery is continuing to go well Christine.

  13. Hi Linda it's nice to hear from you! Thanks for your comments. I received the two fancy pens last week from Thailand and they are even prettier than the picture. Gorgeous packaging with a pen holder and a little bottle of ink.

    My recovery is going well although I still have very limited use of my right arm. I understand now why I was told I'd need physio for a year. I've been able to make jewelry and books again. I'm hoping to be able to sew again soon. :)