Writing with a pen (especially a fountain pen, on absorbtive paper), occasionally a large amount of ink will seep into the writing medium. This will create a roughly circular or elliptical shape that is usually undesired but sometimes sought for artistic effect.

try this at home:
1. Get a sheet of toilet paper or (if you're feeling decadent), kleenex ColdCare
2. Touch to it a roller ball or fountain pen. (Note that a ballpoint pen (such as a standard Bic) will not achieve the desired effect.)
3. Observe.
4. Smile.

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