Sunday Reads From Paper To Ink To Halloween


A guide to Noodler’s inks and the return of Sailor’s Four Seasons collection are good news for an Inkophile.


A Quo Vadis Planner for 2017


Laurie Huff from Quo Vadis blog sent a 2017 Plan & Note Weekly Open Format planner for review and it’s going to fit perfectly into my journaling plans for next year.

Some details from the Quo Vadis website:

  • Sleek and compact – made for organized note keeping on-the-go
  • Open space for planning & notes
  • Week across two full pages
  • 2017 monthly planning pages
  • 12 months – January-December
  • Bound-smooth rubberized hardboard covers
  • Color binding & match elastic closure (blue, purple or rose)
  • Anno-planning for 2017 & 2018
  • White 90g paper
  • Crisp, two color print – grey & blue
  • Tear-off corner opens to week in progress
  • Bound in address book

All to the good, but this statement on the inner cover intrigued me from the first word. “Freedom to organize your day.  No boundaries. No boxes. Just Open Space.” Exactly! Use it as a planner, journal, diary or all three in the same day.

Form and fit are well-executed. Stitched binding encourages the journal to lay flat for comfortable writing. The desk sized version has a writing area of 13 x 3.5 cm for each day with 5 mm line spacing. The area for notes is the same size and located at the bottom of the right hand page. The lines and details are pale and unobtrusive. Whatever you write will be the star attraction against the soft background.

Confession time. I was reluctant to put a mark on the lovely paper. It seemed a travesty to mar its smooth surface. Consequently, the journal sat on my desk for several days before it met a pen. Ink tests showed no feathering with a couple of nearly imperceptible exceptions visible only under magnification. There was no bleed-through and virtually no show-through except with a Sharpie. (I like Sharpies but cannot figure out where to use them. Suggestions?)

The journal could use a bookmark so I added a book thong that won’t interfere with writing. Yeah, it’s girlie and dangly, but it dresses up the place.

For my purposes, the year-at-a-glance will be for birthdays and anniversaries, the monthly section for appointments and events, while the weekly pages will work as a journal. That’s just one approach. With three calendars, it can be adapted to a variety of uses.

So there you go. Fine form, excellent paper, open format. The worst thing about my Quo Vadis 2017 Plan & Note? I have to wait until the new year to put it to use!

Thanks, Laurie, for the planner and opportunity to review it.

More uses for planners at Quo Vadis blog.


Nibspotter And The Fountain Pen Giveaway


Riley and Aaron who run the Nibspotter blog have teamed up with JN Woodworks for a very special fountain pen giveaway. This is not an ordinary fountain pen, but a custom creation. How can you not enter with a prize like that!


Weekend Watercolor Winners Meet Stillman & Birn


This past week incoming goodies included four brushes and a tube of red watercolor providing the perfect opportunity to test the new softcover Stillman & Birn Zeta Sketchbook. This wasn’t planned, but it could have been. What a wonderful way to spend a bit of the weekend.

Now where to fit in that J. Herbin Caroube de Chypre ink that has patiently waited for its measure of attention? Perhaps during the week if things get slow. Heh. As if.

Where to buy:

Stillman & Birn Zeta Softcover Sketchbook

Silver Brush Black Velvet #8 Round

Silver Brush Black Velvet #8 Script

Silver Brush Black Velvet 3/4″ Oval

Loew-Cornell 7400 1″ Angle Shader

Daniel Smith Watercolor in Quinacridone Red


Autumn Ink Palette for 2016


It’s that time of year, at least by the calendar, when cooler temps, crunchy leaves and anything made with pumpkins inspire a palette for the season. Old favorites were due for attention, but some new inks deserved a nod as well.

  • Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts
  • Iroshizuku syo-ro
  • Sailor Tokiwa-matsu
  • Rohrer & Klingner Alt-goldgrun
  • J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie
  • J. Herbin Orange Indien
  • J. Herbin Terre de Feu
  • Stipula Calamo Verde Muschiato

  • Noodler’s 1820 Essex Konrad flex nib
  • Pilot Metropolitan medium
  • Pilot Metropolitan medium
  • Pelikan M215 custom stub
  • Conklin Duragraph 1.1 stub
  • Conklin Duragraph 1.1 stub
  • Platinum Century Nice medium
  • Platinum #3776 music nib

During October, I often load a black pen with orange ink. It’s a small treat. Inks and pens should be fun, no?

Which inks do you use for a little autumn color?

Reviews and comments on the inks: Tokiwa-matsu, 54th Mass, syo-ro, Alt-goldgrun, Ambre de Birmanie, Orange Indien, Terre de Feu, Verde Muschiato.

Pen reviews and comments: Essex Konrad, Pilot MetroDuragraph, Century Nice, #3776 MU.

Where to buy: Tokiwa-matsu, 54th Mass, syo-ro, Alt-goldgrun, Ambre de Birmanie, Orange Indien, Terre de Feu, Verde Muschiato, Pilot Metro, Pelikan M215, Duragraph, Century Nice, #3776 MU.


A Winning Moleskine, Ink And Pen Combo


A chance meeting of a Moleskine notebook, a Pilot MR Metropolitan medium nib, and Sailor Tokiwa-matsu ink revealed a very acceptable partnership. Almost no feathering and so little bleed-through as to make the backs of pages useful makes this a winning combination. I am not a huge Moleskine fan, but in this case, paint me happily surprised.

Note that the left hand page was not written with Tokiwa-matsu. It produced far less ghosting and bleed-through than pictured.

Moleskine, Pilot Metropolitan and Sailor Tokiwa-matsu at Amazon.


Sunday Reads From Ink To Paper And Back To Ink


Save the last link for last because you are going to get stuck on that one…

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