Inky goodness

Every time I ink up one of my pens with an ink it hasn’t had before, I do some sample writing on the Midori fine paper, which shows off the properties of the ink in all their glory.

The thing that I like most, is sheen – where the ink has out of this world metallic undertones that appear like magic.  Darker blues are particularly well known for their red metallic sheen, but purples often go gold and pale blues go pink.  Read More

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Pens and paper

My lovely wife was kind enough to indulge one of my obsessions and buy me a new pen and some ink for Christmas.

I’ve known for a little while that ink sometimes has interesting properties – shading and sheen – sometimes resulting in ink shining, glittering or even changing colour completely from some angles.

But for an ink to show off these properties, it needs pairing with a good paper. Read More

More inky goodness – sheen and shading

As I previously mentioned in this post – I love fountain pens and the effects that various inks have on different kinds of paper.

Typically, cheap paper just absorbs ink and causes all kinds of nasty effects like feathering (where the line bleeds out and becomes feathered and not clean) and bleed through (where the paper can’t take the ink and it just soaks right through.

When this happens, the other properties of the inks get lost.

But get decent paper and something else happens.. Read More

Inky goodness

Dunno if I mentioned this before, but I love fountain pens.

I love the very analogue experience of putting nib to paper, the feeling of different pens, how ink reacts to paper, the very act of writing.

It’s been said that the pen is dead, but actually, like with film cameras and vinyl records, the ubiquity of faster, cheaper, easier, digital has actually created a brand new demand for old school.

One of the pleasures of fountain pens (aside from the feel of writing) is the most extraordinary variety of inks that you can buy.

And some of those inks have the most fantastic properties..

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