Tools

Printer: AxiDraw

All my plotter work is printed using an AxiDraw V3 pen plotter. I’m constantly amazed by its speed and precision — there’s something hypnotic about the way it prints. I've started with the standard A4 size, but keep eyeing up the larger format ones! One day…

Paper

I’m not set on a particular paper type yet. Whilst experimenting, I'm using some old off-white square(ish) paper I've had around the house for ages. It's too lightweight for anything fancy, but it's good enough for rough plots.

For anything slightly nicer, I’m using Strathmore Bristol and Fabriano Black Black, which a lot of plotters seem to recommend.

Pens

I’ve amassed quite a collection already — some I had already, others I bought for their archival long-lasting ink. It’s interesting playing with the different brands and inks to see how well they plot and to see what effects playing with plotting speed has on them.

I’ve listed a fair few of them below, mostly for my own records but also so I can reference them and use their colours as accents around this site.

Pens: Stabilo

  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Neon Yellow, 88/024
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Neon Blue, 88/031
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Neon Green, 88/033
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Neon Red, 88/040
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Neon Orange, 88/054
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Neon Pink, 88/056
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Ice Blue, 88/11
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Ice Green, 88/13
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Light Emerald, 88/16
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Heliotrope, 88/17
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Purple, 88/19
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Night Blue, 88/22
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Lemon Yellow, 88/24
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Apricot, 88/26
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Light Pink, 88/29
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Pale Vermillion, 88/30
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Light Blue, 88/31
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Ultramarine, 88/32
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Apple Green, 88/33
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Emerald Green, 88/36
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Sanguine, 88/38
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Red, 88/40
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Dark Blue, 88/41
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Leaf Green, 88/43
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Yellow, 88/44
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Brown, 88/45
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Black, 88/46
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Light Red, 88/48
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Crimson, 88/50
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Turquoise Blue, 88/51
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Pine Green, 88/53
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Orange, 88/54
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Violet, 88/55
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Pink, 88/56
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Azure, 88/57
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Lilac, 88/58
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Light Lilac, 88/59
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Olive Green, 88/63
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Umber, 88/65
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Sienna, 88/75
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Light Ochre, 88/88
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Dark Ochre, 88/89
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Light Grey, 88/94
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Medium Cold Grey, 88/95
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Dark Grey, 88/96
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Deep Cold Grey, 88/97
  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner

    0.4mm
    Payne`s Grey, 88/98

Pens: Sakura Pigma

  • Sakura Pigma Micron 01

    0.25mm
    Black, XSDK01#49, Archival ink
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 03

    0.35mm
    Black, XSDK03#49, Archival ink
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 05

    0.45mm
    Black, XSDK05#49, Archival ink
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 08

    0.5mm
    Black, XSDK08#49, Archival ink
  • Sakura Pigma Graphic 1

    1.0mm
    Black, XSDK1#49, Archival ink
  • Sakura Pigma Brush

    Variable
    Black, XSDK-BR#49, Archival ink
  • Sakura Pigma Micron PN

    0.4–0.5mm
    Red, XSDK-PN#19, Archival ink
  • Sakura Pigma Micron PN

    0.4–0.5mm
    Purple, XSDK-PN#24, Archival ink
  • Sakura Pigma Micron PN

    0.4–0.5mm
    Blue, XSDK-PN#36, Archival ink

Pens: Sakura Gelly Roll

  • Sakura Gelly Roll

    0.3mm (05)
    White, XPGB05#50, Archival ink
  • Sakura Gelly Roll

    0.4mm (08)
    White, XPGB08#50, Archival ink
  • Sakura Gelly Roll

    0.5mm (10)
    White, XPGB10#50, Archival ink
  • Sakura Gelly Roll

    0.3mm (06)
    Black, XPGB#49, Archival ink
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust

    0.5mm (10)
    Clear Star, XPGB#700
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight

    0.5mm (10)
    Fluorescent Yellow, XPGB10#403
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight

    0.5mm (10)
    Fluorescent Orange, XPGB10#405
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight

    0.5mm (10)
    Fluorescent Vermilion, XPGB10#418
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight

    0.5mm (10)
    Red, XPGB10#419, Archival ink
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight

    0.5mm (10)
    Fluorescent Pink, XPGB10#420
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight

    0.5mm (10)
    Rose, XPGB10#421, Archival ink
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight

    0.5mm (10)
    Purple, XPGB10#424, Archival ink
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight

    0.5mm (10)
    Fluorescent Green, XPGB10#427, Archival ink
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight

    0.5mm (10)
    Green, XPGB10#429, Archival ink
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight

    0.5mm (10)
    Blue, XPGB10#436, Archival ink

Pens: Staedtler

  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.05mm
    Black, 308 005-9, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.1mm
    Black, 308 01-9, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.2mm
    Black, 308 02-9, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.3mm
    Black, 308 03-9, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.5mm
    Black, 308 05-9, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.8mm
    Black, 308 08-9, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.3mm
    Light Brown, 308 03-7, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.3mm
    Yellow, 308 03-10, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.3mm
    Light Blue, 308 03-30, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.3mm
    Light Green, 308 03-51, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.3mm
    Fuchsia, 308 03-61, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.3mm
    Grey, 308 03-82, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.5mm
    Red, 308 05-2, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.5mm
    Blue, 308 05-3, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.5mm
    Orange, 308 05-4, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.5mm
    Green, 308 05-5, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.5mm
    Purple, 308 05-6, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.5mm
    Light Brown, 308 05-7, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.5mm
    Yellow, 308 05-10, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.5mm
    Light Blue, 308 05-30, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.5mm
    Light Green, 308 05-51, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.5mm
    Fuchsia, 308 05-61, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.5mm
    Brown, 308 05-76, Archival ink
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner

    0.5mm
    Grey, 308 05-82, Archival ink

Pens: uni PIN

  • uni PIN Fine Line

    0.03mm
    Black, PIN 003-200 BLACK, Archival ink
  • uni PIN Fine Line

    0.05mm
    Black, PIN 005-200 BLACK, Archival ink
  • uni PIN Fine Line

    0.1mm
    Black, PIN 01-200 BLACK, Archival ink
  • uni PIN Fine Line

    0.3mm
    Black, PIN 03-200 BLACK, Archival ink
  • uni PIN Fine Line

    0.5mm
    Black, PIN 05-200 BLACK, Archival ink
  • uni PIN Fine Line

    0.8mm
    Black, PIN 08-200 BLACK, Archival ink
  • uni PIN Fine Line

    1.2mm
    Black, PIN 12-200 BLACK, Archival ink
  • uni PIN Fine Line Brush

    Variable
    Black, PIN BR-200 BLACK, Archival ink
  • uni PIN Fine Line

    0.1mm
    Dark Grey, PIN 01-200 DARK GREY, Archival ink
  • uni PIN Fine Line

    0.1mm
    Light Grey, PIN 01-200 LIGHT GREY, Archival ink
  • uni PIN Fine Line

    0.1mm
    Sepia, PIN 01-200 SEPIA, Archival ink
  • uni PIN Fine Line

    0.5mm
    Sepia, PIN 05-200 SEPIA, Archival ink

Pens: uni POSCA

  • uni POSCA PC-1M

    0.7mm
    White, Bullet Shaped
  • uni POSCA PC-1MR

    0.7mm
    White, Pin Type
  • uni POSCA PC-3ML

    0.9-1.3mm
    Glitter Violet, Bullet Shaped
  • uni POSCA PC-3ML

    0.9-1.3mm
    White, Bullet Shaped
  • uni POSCA PC-5M

    1.8-2.5mm
    White, Bullet Shaped
  • uni POSCA PC-5M

    1.8-2.5mm
    Fluo Pink, Bullet Shaped
  • uni POSCA PC-7M

    4.5-5.5mm
    White, Bullet Shaped
  • uni POSCA PC-350

    Variable
    White, Brush
  • uni POSCA PC-351

    Variable
    Black, Brush

Pens: uni-ball Eye

  • uni-ball Eye Broad

    1.0mm
    Black, UB-150-10, Archival ink
  • uni-ball Eye Broad

    1.0mm
    Blue, UB-150-10, Archival ink
  • uni-ball Eye Broad

    1.0mm
    Red, UB-150-10, Archival ink

Pens: uni-ball Signo

  • uni-ball Signo Metallic

    0.8mm
    Blue, UM-120NM, Archival ink
  • uni-ball Signo Metallic

    0.8mm
    Bronze, UM-120NM, Archival ink
  • uni-ball Signo Metallic

    0.8mm
    Gold, UM-120NM, Archival ink
  • uni-ball Signo Metallic

    0.8mm
    Green, UM-120NM, Archival ink
  • uni-ball Signo Metallic

    0.8mm
    Pink, UM-120NM, Archival ink
  • uni-ball Signo Metallic

    0.8mm
    Red, UM-120NM, Archival ink
  • uni-ball Signo Metallic

    0.8mm
    Silver, UM-120NM, Archival ink
  • uni-ball Signo Metallic

    0.8mm
    Violet, UM-120NM, Archival ink
  • uni-ball Signo Broad Metallic

    1.0mm
    Gold, UM-153, Archival ink
  • uni-ball Signo Broad Metallic

    1.0mm
    Silver, UM-153, Archival ink
  • uni-ball Signo Broad Metallic

    1.0mm
    White, UM-153, Archival ink

Pens: Pilot

  • Pilot Hi-Tecpoint V7

    0.4mm
    Black

Pens: Windsor & Newton

  • Windsor & Newton Fineliner

    0.1mm
    Black, Archival ink
  • Windsor & Newton Fineliner

    0.3mm
    Black, Archival ink
  • Windsor & Newton Fineliner

    0.5mm
    Black, Archival ink
  • Windsor & Newton Fineliner

    0.8mm
    Black, Archival ink
  • Windsor & Newton Fineliner

    1.0mm
    Black, Archival ink
  • Windsor & Newton Promarker

    Fine Bullet & Broad Chisel
    Petrol Blue, C824
  • Windsor & Newton Promarker Brush

    Brush & Broad Chisel
    Amber, O567
  • Windsor & Newton Pigment Marker

    Fine Bullet & Broad Chisel
    Royal Blue Light, 020247, Archival ink

Pens: Noodler's

  • Noodler's Konrad Piston Flex Fountain Pen

    0.8–2mm
    Refillable, Clear Demonstrator
  • Noodler's Konrad Piston Rollerball Pen

    Medium
    Refillable, Clear Demonstrator

Fountain Pen Ink

  • Noodler’s Ink

    Blue Ghost
    Bullet Proof, Fluorescent, Invisible
  • Noodler’s Ink

    Turquoise
  • Diamine Shimmer

    Peacock Flare
    Teal with a hint of silver, silver flecks running through
  • Diamine Shimmer

    Arctic Blue
    Arctic Blue with a hint of silver, silver flecks running through
  • Diamine Gibson Les Paul

    Cherry Sunburst
    Based on the famous guitar finish
  • Diamine Cult Pens Iridescink

    Little Pip
    Purple with gold sheen
  • Herbin

    Phosphorescent
    Glow in the dark, Invisible