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Leuchtturm1917 Van Dieman's

Van Dieman’s Apricot on Leuchtturm1917

Ink

Apricot is from Van Dieman’s Harvest series which celebrates the colourful produce grown in Tasmania.

The ink is a pale orange that makes me think about pastoral sunsets and babies. I find this ink just about readable and obviously is more readable on white paper than cream-coloured paper. It shades well. However the high contrast between the light and dark areas can be distracting and hinders readability.

Paper

I managed to get a LEUCHTTURM1917 planner for a cheap price at the end of the year when shops are clearing the unsold 2020 planners. It used the same 80gsm paper found in LEUCHTTURM1917 notebooks so I decided to use it for writing samples.

Writing Sample

This is written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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MD paper Midori Monteverde

Monteverde Garnet on Midori MD

Ink

Monteverde Garnet is a lovely magenta with some shading. Like the rest of the Monteverde inks I’ve written with, it flows smoothly and I didn’t experience any problems with the ink.

Writing Sample

This is written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Writing sample of Monteverde Garnet ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Monteverde Garnet ink on Midori MD notebook
Writing sample of Monteverde Garnet ink on Midori MD notebook

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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Leuchtturm1917 Monteverde

Monteverde Sapphire on Leuchtturm1917

Ink

Monteverde Sapphire is a vibrant blue. It shades beautifully and has a wet flow. There is the tiniest bit of sheen in the darker areas where the ink had pooled, it is not obvious unless you are looking really hard. There is some bleedthrough on Leuchtturm1917 paper.

Paper

I managed to get a LEUCHTTURM1917 planner for a cheap price at the end of the year when shops are clearing the unsold 2020 planners. It used the same 80gsm paper found in LEUCHTTURM1917 notebooks so I decided to use it for writing samples.

Writing Sample

This is written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Writing sample of Monteverde Sapphire fountain pen ink on Leuchtturm 1917 planner
Writing sample of Monteverde Sapphire fountain pen ink on Leuchtturm 1917 planner
Writing sample of Monteverde Sapphire fountain pen ink on Leuchtturm 1917 planner

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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Leuchtturm1917 Monteverde

Monteverde Scotch Brown on Leuchtturm1917

Ink

Based on the name, I assumed Monteverde Scotch Brown will be the colour of whiskey. Instead the colour makes me think of chocolate and coffee. The ink has a wet flow and is easy to clean out of the pen. Personally, I find it difficult to use this ink for long because I keep having a craving for chocolate!

Paper

I managed to get a LEUCHTTURM1917 2020 planner for a cheap price at the end of the year when shops are clearing the unsold 2020 planners. It used the same 80gsm paper found in LEUCHTTURM1917 notebooks so I decided to use it for writing samples.

Writing Sample

This is written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Writing sample of Monteverde Scotch Brown fountain pen ink on Leuchtturm 1917 planner
Writing sample of Monteverde Scotch Brown fountain pen ink on Leuchtturm 1917 planner
Writing sample of Monteverde Scotch Brown fountain pen ink on Leuchtturm 1917 planner

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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Rhodia Van Dieman's

Van Dieman’s Apricot on Rhodia

Ink

Apricot is from Van Dieman’s Harvest series which celebrates the colourful produce grown in Tasmania.

The ink is a pale orange that makes me think about pastoral sunsets and babies. I find this ink just about readable and obviously is more readable on white paper than cream-coloured paper. It shades well. However the high contrast between the light and dark areas can be distracting and hinders readability.

Writing Sample

This is written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Writing sample of Van Dieman's Apricot ink on Rhodia notebook
Writing sample of Van Dieman's Apricot ink on Rhodia notebook
Writing sample of Van Dieman's Apricot ink on Rhodia notebook

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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Diamine Leuchtturm1917

Diamine Prussian Blue on Leuchtturm1917

Ink

Diamine Prussian Blue is a unsaturated blue-black that feels a little on the dry side in a fine nib. It feels fine in a medium nib.

This wasn’t the colour that came to mind when I think of Prussian blue so I was a bit disappointed when I first used it. This colour made me think of old, faded jeans. After using it for a while, I started to enjoy the ink, as long as I no longer think of it as Prussian blue. I also felt it looked especially good when using for sketching.

Paper

I managed to get a LEUCHTTURM1917 2020 planner for a cheap price at the end of the year when shops are clearing the unsold 2020 planners. It used the same 80gsm paper found in LEUCHTTURM1917 notebooks so I decided to use it for writing samples.

Writing Sample

This is written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Writing sample of Diamine Prussian Blue ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Diamine Prussian Blue ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner
Writing sample of Diamine Prussian Blue ink on Leuchtturm1917 planner

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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Monteverde Rhodia

Monteverde Sapphire on Rhodia

Ink

Monteverde Sapphire is a vibrant blue. It shades beautifully and has a wet flow. There is the tiniest bit of sheen in the darker areas where the ink had pooled, it is not obvious unless you are looking really hard. There is a tiny bit of bleedthrough on Rhodia paper.

Writing Sample

This is written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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Blog

My fountain pen drawings in 2020

A lookback at what I drew using fountain pens last year. Sometimes I am inspired by the ink colour, sometimes I just want to draw. In total, I did 12 drawings which averaged out to one a month. I only post the drawings on my Instagram account because I thought it would be neater this way. Let me know if this is something you would like to see here as well.

I haven’t drawn using pen and paper for a few years. In some ways, it feels like trying to ride a bicycle again. You have done it before, you know how to do it, but your motor skills are rusty and you are afraid of falling. It takes a while to gain the confidence to get going again.

A fountain pen feels different from the gel pens I love so much but the adjustment was more painless than I had expected. The idea of putting ink directly onto paper, without having a pencil draft first, was much more terrifying and even now, I am not entirely comfortable doing so.

Lamy turquoise was the first ink I bought and I still think it is a beautiful colour.

The ink made me drew this.

I haven’t done a version 2 and I really should. It might be better suited as a digital drawing though.

This was one of those times where the ink colour inspired me to draw. I made several mistakes in this picture and it was an exercise in letting go (of the fear of making mistakes) and just rolling with it.

Tried to draw this is in a vintage children’s book style. Not a fan of the ink’s greenish tone but it did lend a vintage air to the picture.

I used a pencil to mark out the spots in the sky for stars, but everything else was drawn directly with ink onto paper. Drawing this picture took so much out of me that I didn’t feel like drawing for the next few weeks.

This picture was drawn using both sides of the nib.

This was not my usual style but I thought it suited the ink colour.

I loved this ink. Never would have thought that I would like orange so much.

Tried to do something different and the results were encouraging. Still a lot to learn though.

Last drawing for the year. A friend commented that the tree looked like a bacteria. Which was somewhat fitting for a year like this? (Yes, I know COVID-19 is a virus, not a bacteria.)

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Monteverde Rhodia

Monteverde Scotch Brown on Rhodia

Ink

Based on the name, I assumed Monteverde Scotch Brown will be the colour of whiskey. Instead the colour makes me think of chocolate and coffee. The ink has a wet flow and is easy to clean out of the pen. Personally, I find it difficult to use this ink for long because I keep having a craving for chocolate!

Writing Sample

This is written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.

Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.

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Blog

My notebook setup for 2021

At the beginning of this year, I bought a Traveler’s Company Traveler’s Notebook in passport size. At that time, I didn’t have high hopes. I haven’t used a notebook since I left school and the thought of using one frequently, much less carrying around with me, would be something that stick.

But stick it did.

My 2021 setup

Now at the end of the year, I am been thinking about how I want to use it for next year. The current setup worked well for what I wanted to do. If not broken, don’t try to fix it, eh?

My setup for 2021 consist of 3 main categories:

  1. Logbook for noting down what happened that day. I bought a few different formats to try out in 2021: grid, blank and dot grid.
  2. Monthly planner. I’ve have been using the undated monthly planner and I decided to replace it with the 2021 dated monthly planner.
  3. Scratch pad for jotting down bits of information that do not fall in the first two. This has to be blank because I will also doodle.

One new thing I wanted to start in 2021 is to keep a diary. I’ve sort of been doing it using the logbook but I wanted to try keeping a proper diary. So I bought a MD Notebook Journal Codex 1 Day 1 Page to use in 2021. There’s 368 pages in the book so it will really force me to think of something to write everyday.

The cover of the codex is made of plain card stock and will patina with use and age. While the idea is appealing, I also like things looking (fairly) new while using them. So I bought a clear plastic cover to protect it. It can age and patina quietly in storage when 2021 is over.

There is a small booklet that comes with the codex. It talks about the making of and types of Midori notebooks. I think it is done well.