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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