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#1 melissa59

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 04:18

I was prompted to post this topic after seeing amberleadavis wonderfully colorful pages in this thread: http://www.fountainp...his-kind-of-red

I want to see how others are tracking the inks they own and/or sample.

Are your pages filled with decorative doodles using multiple pen nibs?

Are your pages more of a scientific documentation on how the act reacted to water, bleach, sunlight?

Do you have a form that you fill out for each ink?

Do you have a notebook for each color family?

Does your book show your ink on multiple paper types?

What things so you always note about the inks you try?

Telling me about your ink book methods is okay, too, but I'd much rather SEE your pages.
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 05:14

I don't have a ink book solely for that purpose, but in my current journal I note the ink, nib, and pen I am using in the margin for future reference. I also keep a short index of the names of each ink and a swab on tha last page of the notebook.
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 06:42

I have a three part system:

I keep an ink book showing how the inks look in each pen:

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I also have a binder of sample sheets for each ink. These are typically done using the same pen so that I can compare behavior, and I also use the pages for writing practice.

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And finally, I keep a database with a list of all of the inks I have in bottles or sample vials. I use this for inventory control and to track behavior characteristics such as flow, shading, lubrication, ease of cleaning, and water resistance.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 07:05

Hello.
I use my notebook.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 09:17

I have a three part system:

I keep an ink book showing how the inks look in each pen:



I also have a binder of sample sheets for each ink. These are typically done using the same pen so that I can compare behavior, and I also use the pages for writing practice.


And finally, I keep a database with a list of all of the inks I have in bottles or sample vials. I use this for inventory control and to track behavior characteristics such as flow, shading, lubrication, ease of cleaning, and water resistance.


WOW, you have me beat hands down for being detailed and organized. It broke my heart though to see all that luscious red-brown used in your lovely alphabet display--knowing they discontinued it.
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#6 Laura N

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 12:41

These are amazing and impressive, geoduc and pomperopero.

Each approach is so individual.

#7 melissa59

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:19

I LOVE these examples!

I remember seeing some reviews that Jimmy James has done. I wonder if he tucks those pages in a notebook, or if they are just photographed, posted and tossed? Also, I posted this link in another thread, but it's a gal who tests inks for light fastness: http://hudsonvalleys...tfastness tests

I still haven't figured out how I want to do mine. At least having an ink notebook will give me a reason to use my pretty ink samples.
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:48

that is a well organized ink book! :notworthy1:
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 10:41

Hello,

this is mine.


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#10 melissa59

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 17:24

Inkwritingman, what type of notebook is that? What size?
It looks quite handy.
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 18:05

I have a composition book from Sustainable Earth by Staples from one of the better batches of paper. I write about a paragraph with each pen and ink combination, I leave the back of each page blank. Almost all inks are tested in a X450 with a stock nib before being put in anything else.
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 13:40

Telling me about your ink book methods is okay, too, but I'd much rather SEE your pages.


I've already done this ;) here (click)
so much to read and so tittle time

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 13:51

All great stuff ... Thanks for all the ideas ...

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 05:58

I was prompted to post this topic after seeing amberleadavis wonderfully colorful pages in this thread: http://www.fountainp...his-kind-of-red

I want to see how others are tracking the inks they own and/or sample.

Are your pages filled with decorative doodles using multiple pen nibs?

Are your pages more of a scientific documentation on how the act reacted to water, bleach, sunlight?

Do you have a form that you fill out for each ink?

Do you have a notebook for each color family?

Does your book show your ink on multiple paper types?

What things so you always note about the inks you try?

Telling me about your ink book methods is okay, too, but I'd much rather SEE your pages.


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 16:59

These are my "not intended for public scrutiny" ink books.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 17:21

I'm nowhere near that organized! Very nice to see all the purdy pages.

Just recently I started a new heading type on my pen/ink reviews in an attempt to be a little less of a random-monkey-scribbler with my records.

A lot of comparisons appear on my blogspot, but here's one of the latest:

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And an earlier example, a little different because it's a photo, not a scan:

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 23:58

And now from the sublime to the ridiculous. I'm sharing the following embarrassing messes solely to illustrate that lousy penmanship and total absence of artistic and creative sensibility should not deter you from creating an ink journal. :D

I use Rhodia side-staplebound notebooks, 1 ink per sheet, using the facing page solely if I run out of room on the main sheet or if I want to show mixtures and tints (as with MB Irish Green below). I start out with a swab plus some scribbling with a dip nib or glass pen. Over time, when I use the ink in a different pen or nib, I add a few sentences. No water, bleach, sunlight, etc.

In each notebook, I keep a running table of contents with page numbers. So far I have 3 notebooks that contain a total of 110 inks, so to tie it all together I have an Excel worksheet with columns for ink brand, ink name, color group, book number, and page number. With a simple sort, I can locate all the blues, for example, or all the inks from a particular brand.

Unsightly yet highly organized. That's me. :roflmho:


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Posted 17 June 2012 - 00:28

You have NICE handwriting and a good system for inks!

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 20:09

Remember, the most important factor for an inkbook is if it makes sense to you! For the rest of us, it is a vicarious pleasure. Posted Image

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 20:42

I've been fighting on starting an ink journal for a long time now. My biggest problem was organization, there's some good ideas here.







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