The paper I got is a beautiful color, heavier stock ( maybe 35lb), very smooth, and holds a nice tight ink line as you can see in the photos: zero feathering! I think it can vary, so perhaps TM can chime in here.
That is gorgeous! Very nice craftmanship. What is the paper like?
Thanks pb2 for your kind words
The paper used in that journal is a light grey.
Its 124gsm. Copier paper is 80gsm or thinner at 70gsm.
The grey is a cold grey as opposed to a warm grey.
Grey papers are useful bcos they eliminate shadows on the reverse side of the page.
Its not bleedthru , Its the shadows of the handwritten side showing up on the reverse side.
It is more obvious if you use very white paper and very dark inks.
Of course if the paper is sufficiently thick, the shadows have no chance of showing thru.
All my journal writing pages are ink tested before they proceed to stitching.
This is why in all my posted journals, I always include a page showing a test handwritten sentence.
I call it an "inktestpage".
That test is intentionally done with a very wet nib - in my case a Stipula Etruria with a <0.9> stub nib.
The reason for using a wettest nib is to literally see how the paper takes a wetter than normal amount of ink when laid on it. The presumption is that anything less wet will definitely have no problems.
There have been occasions when a sheet of paper doesn't pass this inktest. In this scenario, that batch/ream of paper is rejected and doesn't get stitched into the journals. This is why you also do not see any of my journals with failed inktestpages. Its costly to me but better this than to craft a journal that doesn't work ! It'll only cause more frustration to the buyer.
Here is the actual photo of the inktestpage in Journal #80A
The picture will inform anyone of what kind of paper has been used.
My earlier journals do not state the FP and the ink. Only the recent and later ones bcos I keep getting queries from purchasers of my Journals.
Brown ink is used bcos its more challenging than the 'safe' blue inks or blacks.
Brown has got green and red dyes mixed in its composition.
Red dyes are more unforgiving on paper.
Green ink is I think rather safe on paper.
Blue inks are generally very safe and an inktestpage with a safe blue ink won't reveal much if the paper is not ink-friendly. That is why I don't use blue inks in my ink testpage.
There is a second inktest. And one that is revealing. It is the Colophon page.
This Colophon page is written with a very fine nib becos i need to cram in a lot of words haha
But actually it serves a second useful gauge of the paper.
This page is always written with a PILOT Custom 742 <FA> nib. It is a modern flex nib. The reason for choosing such a nib is to test how well the paper takes ink with a fine nib pressed hard onto the paper.
( The ink is a more challenging ink - Sailor Red Brown. )
When the tines are pressed hard into the paper , a larger amount of ink is deposited as in the case of this flex nib.
Thats why the Colophon photo is always taken in a certain angle to illustrate this effect.
Here it is again...
You can see the pressure i put on the paper as I sign off.
The tines spread and the strokewidths widen with a great deal of dark shading due to the amount of ink deposited. Note there is no feathering even tho the paper has to soak in the amount of ink.
In any case, a paper that has failed the inktestpage will show the same problems on this Colophon page.
With these 2 ink tests in every one of my journals, I am therefore assured that my journals are fit to serve their purpose.
They then get put on sale or are gifted away.
I don't have the more 'difficult' inks but with these browns , I think it gives a pretty adequate picture.