Paper And Pens For 2023


Organizing for the new year is a great opportunity to search out the best tools in your collection and put together a satisfying setup that makes you happy every time you look at it. It should also encourage you to pursue your goals whatever they may be. 

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Five fountain pens, one mechanical pencil, and one gel pen are more than enough for me.

Blue Marble Delike New Moon 2 Fude with Diamine Eau de Nil

Green Marble Delike New Moon 2 Fude with Diamine Dark Brown

Burgundy Marble Delike New Moon 2 Extra-Fine with Diamine Earl Grey

Platinum #3776 Century Medium with J Herbin Poussiere de Lune

Lamy Studio Fine with Noodler’s Black Swan in English Roses

Uni Alpha-Gel Shaker Mechanical Pencil – Black/Soft Grip 0.5mm

Faber-Castel Fast Gel Z 0.5 Black

Seven notebooks might seem like a lot, but that number allows subjects to be separated. An undated Traveler’s planner has been my choice for years. A Traveler’s Notebook Refill 013, Lightweight Blank Paper, 128 Page is all I need for a journal. Blank Traveler’s notebooks suit collages though I have found an economical substitute that has slightly heavier paper and is perfect with fountain pen ink. The A6 and A5 notebooks are for work and project notes. Attractive dividers and good paper make these a perfect fit. The two cuties are the bottom hold 6 x 8 cm paper that is surprisingly good with fountain pen ink though they are primarily used for collages. The covers are ones I made that can easily be swapped for extra variety at my desk.

A few other tools are consistently on my desk including scissors, tweezers, clips and a stylus. All except the stylus were new in 2022 and have proven to be indispensable, especially the tweezers for delicate tasks.

Also on my desk are a craft knife, a six inch metal ruler or a very small tin of six watercolor pans. Not in the tool category but ever-present is a mood-setting Wick candle with a wooden wick that crackles as it burns. 

Still to acquire is an A5 clipboard for times when an open notebook would take up too much space. This one caught my eye but Santa might have a different idea.

Ta-da. That’s my plan for 2023. We shall see how long it lasts. What will be on your desk to start the new year?




  1. That New Moon green marble is a sharp looking pen. I would normally say dust is what is on my desk but I cleaned it – found out it is woodgrained. I have 5 pens (1941 Duofold, Pilot Prera, Kaweco Student, Conway Stewart #15, Benu Minima Skull pen), couple journals, 2 stacks of books (for research). Altoids. It is good to have options.

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    • That green marble New Moon is my favorite colored pen. eBay has the fude which mine is. Amazon used to carry it but not recently. Dust is a constant on my desk, too. Does it fall in the tools category? You always have such a varied rotation. Yes, options are good. The more, the merrier.

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  2. Last week I obtained a wooden Spanish wine box of a small but very decent housing size (approx. 1 x 1 x 1 feet) for writing implements. It has a sliding lid and thin rope carry handles so becomes a nice container. My son works selling Spanish food and wine and gets these lovely boxes from time to time. So all the pens, inks, paper and journals fit inside this. My desk (dining table presently) can now be ever changing depending on the needs of what’s in the planning. Great read here. Thanks and all the best.

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    • What a lovely container for your writing tools. They should be very happy in it, cozy and organized. 🙂

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