My writing process begins with an ideas book. Hardback, grid pattern. Beautiful. My current book is A5 size in Royal Blue and I use the front and back for separate sets of ideas. Currently, short story plans in the front half, novel in the back. I have my favourite fountain pens too, and I like ink, a lot. I particularly like shimmer inks although I’ve learnt to be cautious with them. I don’t put them into valuable pens, because I don’t want trouble! Hence the Wing Sung purchases mentioned in my previous post. Round about the £5 a pop, and if they play up, out they go, once I’ve removed good nibs ( Sailor Music nib; Twsbi 1.1 stub)
My favourite of this list is the Diamine Golden Sands. It’s got a good sparkle, and is lighter than it looks here. I use it at Christmas for cards and gift tags. The MontBlanc lavender purple was bought to use in my MB Chopin, so that it gives me no problems whatsoever, and never has to go to the nice people at MB for attention. The Caroube de Chypre is lovely; a rich, very sparkly brown in a wonderful bottle. It also cost me what I think was a ridiculous amount of money, but hey ho. I bought it in Bruges and it was in short supply elsewhere, so I justified it in my own head.
The blues/ greens here are all lovely. I don’t think the image does them justice, but Emerald of Chivor is spectacular – gold highlights at the edges when there’s plenty of ink around. The Diamine, however, has touches of pink on occasions . They all behave well when you want a good ink flow, although the Herbin has flecks in it – again perhaps not one to use in a precious pen, especially a vintage one, unless you want to be cleaning it out frequently. A word of warning. The picture above illustrates the perfect storm of fat nib, flowing ink and paper that’s just about coping. So I know it’s a waste, but I tend to write only on the right hand page. In journals I use the left for illustrations, photos, occasional notes. Darker inks do show through this paper: you can’t have everything.