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  1. gregamckinney

    Ink + Paper Help Appreciated

    Hi Everyone, I'm an orange guy. It is my favorite color. I have orange clothes. I have orange shoes. My daily driver is an orange car. I have 20+ orange pens. I have 15+ orange inks. Now here's the kicker: I do about 90% of my writing on orange index cards. I've used them for years, and I'm never without a handful in my pocket. Orange index cards are only a small step down in importance to pens in my pocket when I leave in the morning. But, with so many great orange inks, and mostly using orange paper, I'm really limiting myself. I've resigned myself to using my orange inks in contexts where I'm writing on white or cream paper, but what about the cards tho? Can you suggest inks that would look good when used on an orange index card? I know nothing about color theory, so I don't know what colors might look better/ worse when overlaid on orange. Usually, I just go with a black or dark blue for readability, but have been trying out some sheening inks too. Thanks for any suggestions! greg
  2. Grabbed a pack of Casemate index cards at Wal-mart today since I can't resist back to school supplies. These are about .58 cents a pack right now: Now they're clearly not ideal, but they worked at least passably withall the inked pens I had hanging around with no bleed-through to the back. The Diamine even still showed some shading. I'm betting they'll behave like a charm with X-feather, since they took 54th Mass from my M nib TWSBI 580 with no issue. Copper orange behaved well too, with less feather even than it usually shows on my Rhodia pads (I don't know why, but it does.) My scanner is not the greatest at capturing true to color. Sorry! For other folks who go through index cards like I do, might be worth it to stock up on these. Sorry about the crumpled up label, I was just going to use these with gel pens like I usually do but I thought 'what the heck' and tried some FP's on there. Happy bargain hunting!
  3. I recently started offering fountain-pen-friendly index cards made from the Manila File paper brand. There doesn't seem to be a review of Manila File paper on the site, so I wrote one up on my blog: http://notebookish.blogspot.com/2014/08/manila-file-paper-review.html I reviewed both the cardstock which I use for index cards, and the regular text-weight paper which I don't use but which might be of interest to others. I prefer the regular text-weight paper to other "printer papers" I've tried, such as HP 32LB. It is wet-writing (and therefore has a long dry-time) but there is no bleed-through, loss of shading, or spread. There is some show-through, though, but it is tolerable:

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