Best Use Of Scrap Paper


Little goes to waste around here. Even a scrap of junk mail gets put to good use, especially when the paper plays so nicely with fountain pen ink.

Waterman Carene, Iroshizuku asa-gao, and scrap paper

Waterman Deluxe Carene stub and Iroshizuku asa-gao on scrap paper.



  1. Ahhh, pretty.


    • Thank you! 🙂


  2. I know what you mean. How many times have I reached for my No. 16 Dot Pad only to have it disappeared on my desk of paper somewhere. Go the round file under my desk and pull out a junk mail envelope and doodle it full with a new ink I’m trying. Of course your handwriting is much neater than mine.


    • I am getting over tossing anything but glossy paper in the recycle bin until it is covered in ink or at the least used for a list or a quickly jotted note. The stack of envelopes next to my desk never runs out though I’ve finally gone through the only-used-on-one-side paper from my son’s school assignments. My lone Rhodia dotPad gets used for official ink tests only – never for the casual squiggle. Grid paper is the only exception. The lines are too narrow for my large handwriting so it’s best used up at whatever task I can find for it.

      Then there are all the paper products I’ve bought that absolutely stunk when used with fountain pen ink. Do you have some of that around? Now that stuff is truly worthy of the round file although a pencil will write on anything so I suppose even bad paper has its uses. Some of the journal covers are pretty but its time to cut out the paper and use it like junk envelopes. For lack of quality, it deserves no better fate.


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