So many ways to take this theme.
For me, in the past, thinking of ink would have made me look back to my time in newspapers and having the chance to see the press run. It was always a cool experience and I tried to go back and watch it every couple of months just because it seemed magical.
If you’ve never seen a press run up close and personal, it’s truly amazing.
But lately for me, ink is thought of in a different way, namely fountain pens.
I’ve always been a fan of fountain pens and in recent years had a few disposable ones. But over the past year or so, I’ve gotten much more into the fountain pen world.
It’s truly amazing what ink can do. There are so many color variations and the colors can do different things – such as shimmer, or glisten, or have sparkles, or have different looks as you write.
It’s crazy cool.
My fountain pen collection has grown quite a bit from my start and I have pens that have a wide range of price, including limited edition pens that are even cooler.
Nibs on the pens also vary, so you can have an extra fine and range all the way to broad and flex nibs. Each one will write differently, with some inks coming out a lot faster than others based on that nib. That will give you a different look and feel as you write.
It’s way cool.
What’s even more with this is the aspect of actually writing again. It’s funny that as I am blogging about fountain pens and ink, I’m doing it on a computer. Our society goes a lot more in this direction now. So, I’ve tried to work more into actually writing (and improving my handwriting) once again. For one, I’m prepping to start a bullet journal in February (I will have a post about this), though I might not do much with the fountain pens in that – though I have other pens.
One thing I do like doing is making sure I have swatches of all the inks I use. That gives me an idea of what I have and what the colors look like. Recently, I’ve also started a notebook where after I ink a pen, I write a bit in the notebook so I can see how things flow and look.
It’s nice to document the colors.
On Instagram lately, I’ve been looking at so many accounts of people who are back into writing letters. It seems February is “InCoWriMo.” Now, that confused me when I saw it at first, but it seems to stand for International Correspondence Writing Month. From its website, “ InCoWriMo challenges you to hand-write and mail/deliver one letter, card, note or postcard every day during the month of February.”
That’s a pretty hefty challenge and not one I’m likely up for this February, but maybe next year. What I like is seeing people out there reaching out to people looking to send letters and possibly become penpals.
How cool is that?
The amount of time and effort and creativity people put into their letters and envelopes etc., is pretty wild. I’m impressed all around and am not sure I could be that creative.
That being said… it’s fascinating that the art of writing is still there and I’ve noticed my own handwriting improving over the past year. I’ve dabbled with papers and many different inks and pens etc. It’s nice to see some things don’t lose their touch.
How many of you are still ones who appreciate pens and writing in a nice way? I’m glad I found my way back to it and it also has me thinking about a project I wanted to do years ago that never got off the ground. I still have the items needed, so maybe I’ll revisit it sometime in the next few months to see if anybody would be willing to be part of it once again.
Maybe even some of you!
This post is part of the 2020 20 Days of Chill Writing Challenge hosted by A ‘lil HooHaa. Please check out the link if you’d like to see others or join in. You don’t have to do every theme if you don’t want! And for those participating, take a moment and check out the other participants!
20 Days of Chill: 2020 Day 15