Creating an ink journal is something that has been on my mind since I started my obsession with fountain pens last year. An ink journal (in my mind, anyway) is a notebook where you can document all of the different inks that you own. It’s a place to record the different properties of each ink, as well as keep an on-going list of what ink you have in each of your precious fountain pens.
I’m so excited to show you how I’ve set up my very own ink journal! Who knows, maybe you’ll want to start one of your own?
Earlier this month, I started collecting a TON of different dot grid notebooks with plans to do a mega notebook comparison video for you. That video is in the making, so stay tuned!
At some point, I realized that I would need to figure out what to actually do with said notebooks once the comparison was done. The idea hit me that since Rhodia Webnotebooks are notoriously GREAT with fountain pen ink, the logical solution was to turn this one into an Ink Journal.
HOW I SET UP MY INK JOURNAL:
First, the notebook itself was a big factor. I decided to use the Rhodia Webnotebook because of its resilient 90g ivory Clairefontaine paper.
Second, I have a TON of ink. Ok, so maybe not a ton by some serious collectors’ standards, but for me it’s a lot! In addition to the bottles of ink that I’ve purchased over the past year, I have been collecting ink samples from the folks over at Goulet Pens as well.
When deciding how I wanted to set up my ink journal, I decided that:
- I wanted it to have an index.
- I wanted to have a 2-page spread for each ink.
- I wanted to have a section to keep track of my currently inked fountain pens.
Once I had those three things determined, I went on the hunt for what properties and attributes I should be logging for each ink. I stumbled across Brian Goulet’s ink review format, and I knew it was just what I was looking for!
Of course, I went to my trusty Bullet Journal to do a little planning before diving right in:
Once all of my planning was done, it was time to just go for it! Here are the results:
I started off with a simple hand lettered cover page before beginning the index.
The index is where I can see at a glance what inks I have documented along with the pen that I used for each of my personal reviews.
I’ve only had time to do spreads for four different inks so far, but by my calculations, I have enough space to document 96 different inks within my journal.
The left-hand side of each spread is reserved for the properties and attributes of each ink. On the right-hand side, I’ll be writing out my thoughts on each ink and possibly doing some sketches and doodles as time allows.
After my dedicated review section, I’ve created a log for all of my currently inked fountain pens. In the past, I’ve inked my pens up and subsequently forgotten what ink I used in the first place! Now, I’ll always have a list handy so that I can see what ink I have in any particular pen.
The layout is pretty simple. I’ve got a column for the date that the pen was inked, followed by the pens and inks themselves.
On the right you’ll notice a thin column with an “X” at the top. My plan is to put an “X” in that column once I have cleaned and re-inked that pen. Then, I’ll go to the next available line and write in the new information for the pen and ink. This way, I’ll always know that the ones without an “X” are my currently inked pens.
So, there you have it! I’m pretty thrilled by how this ink journal turned out and I can’t wait to watch its pages fill up with all of the beautiful colors that I own or will acquire in the future.
Have you ever thought about starting an ink journal? Let’s chat about it in the comments below :)
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