Thu 16 April 2015

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Inksamples for @missthundercat!

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Wed 18 December 2013

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Earlier this year I bought the Plannerism Planner because I liked the idea of having a planner that helped me set goals. I used it for a few months and enjoyed it, but found the paper not working quite well with my fountain pens and ink. So I strayed.

I bought a Leuchtturm1917 Academic Week Planner because I got hooked on the columns. And Leuchtturms have paper that works well with fountain pens and inks. both planners

But that didn’t do it for me either. Sure, the paper works great, I get excellent shading, I don’t have to look at what pen I grab ‘cause they all ‘work’. The drying time started to annoy me after the short Saturday / Sunday columns did. I have plans on Saturday and Sunday too, people! Do other people not do anything in the weekend? Of course they do, they make plans too (some even with me). I really don’t understand why planner/agenda-makers insist on keeping the weekend short, and tiny.

I figured, because I loved the Plannerism format so much, I should spend some times testing inks and pens and work out a system for me. I don’t mind having dedicated planner-pens, and as I colour-code my type of appointments I could do with a fixed set of inks. In fact, that seemed best anyway, just one red, one orange, one blue. Not switching them around every week. Helps me to not have to think about what colour means what. Saving some brain-bandwidth for more important things, yay!

The winners!

The colours/inks that worked best for me:

the winners

All these inks performed well (or well enough ;) ) on the paper, with little to no bleed-through. I like the colours too.I had some issues with the Iroshizuku, which I think has more to do with the pen than the ink. I’ve tried several Iroshizuku inks and they all flow easily, but this one in this pen just won’t write well. It flowed fine in another pen, so I think I’ll just take out the ink, thoroughly clean the pen and try again.

The other side:

the other side of the page.

Noodler’s Habanero bled more than it did in my earlier tests. The pen did also write a bit wetter than before. I did have it in my bag and tossed it around, which may explain it. I don’t mind this level of bleedthrough with one of the colours.The Platinum Preppy Purple shows similar point-bleedthrough, also not a problem for me.

More inks

The Sheaffer Turquoise writes pretty wet. In general I don’t notice much difference between the TWSBi 580 and vac700 nib-size-wise, but you can clearly see the differences between the two inks. The Platinum Rose Red writes dry, not unusual in my experience for a pigmented ink. Fox Red also writes pretty wet, similar to the Sheaffer Turquoise.

On the second photo can clearly see the bleedthrough of Sheaffer Turquoise, as expected. I don’t feel comfortable with this level of bleedthrough, it makes writing on both sides more difficult. The Fox Red behaves only slightly better. I won’t use these pens / inks in my planner. In all fairness, Fox Red also bled through in my Leuchtturm1917 planner, in a similar way, so all in all, not too bad.

more inks.

The entire page, front and back.

Sheaffer Turquoise clearly bleeding through, as does Diamine Aqua Lagoon (in a wet pen). Noodler’s BSiAR does surprisingly well for an italic nib, and of course, bleeds through. Some of the others do as well (or as bad) as Habanero, but still a bit too much for me. As expected, Scabiosa performs well. Even though I used F/FA/EF some inks still bled through too much (Navajo Turquoise, Syrah, Ambre de Birmanie, Bouquet d’Antan). R&K Alt-bordeaux in the Studio with M-nib performed better, it would most likely work fine in an F.

random pens from my inked up set.

previous page.

Patches

As an extra test, I made little patches of each colour. The Iroshizuku had start issues even though I had used it minutes before (suspected pen-issue, not the ink). The patches did not bleed.

little patches.

More, more!

Glitter pink gelly rolls have their place too. Also used the Sheaffer Turquoise with the EF-nib I have for the 580. Worked better, but I think the colour looks less cool.

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Tue 17 December 2013

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TWSBi 580 M-nib (currently have an EF on that pen. HonorĂ© de Balzac and Sheaffer Turquoise ink.


Thu 05 December 2013

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Doing some tests in my planner. These inks did not bleed through.

Plannerism Planner (2013)

  • cartridge Platinum Preppy Red.
  • Noodler’s Habanero.
  • cartridge Platinum Preppy Yellow.
  • mix of Diamine Sunshine Yellow and Noodler’s Bad blue heron.
  • Organics Studio Jane Austen.
  • ESSRI.
  • Bad Blue Heron.
  • Sailor Sei-Boku.
  • R&K Salix

Wed 10 July 2013

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Inked up a few pens for happy writing. I like these colours separately and the combination also works well.


Fri 28 June 2013

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I wanted this pen for a while and decided to treat myself to it. Its arrival experienced some delay (apparently, we have postal strikes) but it did arrive safe and sound eventually.

And it looks absolutely stunning in real life. The photos don’t capture the shiny of the flowers very well, and it looks much better in daylight than it does in artificial light. I bought it for the pretty-factor, and much to my delight, it also writes well. I wrote several letters with it so far, and yes, after four pages my hand will hurt, but normally I don’t even last four pages.

Some more photos of it, and its writing:

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Wed 24 April 2013

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Guess Noodler's 54th Massachusetts doesn't come out after washing

Do you think anyone will notice…?


Fri 19 April 2013

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Using ink-samples to paint 0 I’ve used my ink-samples to paint for a while now and I thought I’d share my ‘trick’. Not really a trick, but it makes it easy to use them.


Using ink-samples to paint 1 Before I open the vial, I shake it, so inkdrops stick to the cap.


Using ink-samples to paint 2 When I take the cap off, I simply add a few drops of water (or more, depending on the dilution I want). I use a temporary cap to keep the vial safe (I speak from experience cough).


Using ink-samples to paint 3 And then I paint. :D


When I don’t need it anymore, I discard the contents of the cap, wipe it clean and screw it back. This way, the ink stays clean and I don’t feel I waste much of it. Sometimes when a vial almost completely runs out — because I have in fact put the ink in a pen shocker — I’ll add water to the vial itself and mark it for ‘paint’. This doesn’t always prevent me putting it in a pen anyway, but hey.


Mon 15 April 2013

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Colours


Mon 15 April 2013

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Sun 02 December 2012

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I bought new paper to draw on, so I decided to do a quick sketch to see if it works. It handles the ink and paint nicely, though next time I need to wait just a bit longer before I erased my pencilmarkings after I inked…


Sat 27 February 2010

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I crawled around a bit today, trying to hoover under the sofa.

Today the first sketchcrawl of 2010 also took place, so I also did some drawings. I didn’t crawl during the sketching though, not good for the knees…


Wed 25 June 2008

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Needle Some time ago I started doing my own injections. The weekly trip to the doctor’s office did cost me too much energy, plus, I needed a bit more than just once per week. I asked about self-injection and they explained to me how it worked and immediately let me do it. After a few tries there, they gave me everything I needed to do the shots at home. I’ve had a few moments, in which I felt pretty light-headed and mostly thought ‘Why did I want to do this!’, however, mostly it goes pretty good. I feel proud of myself, I have conquered my fear of needles.