Hi Everyone,

Well it’s been a little while, but I am back again to bring you stationery  goodie information.

Today I want to chat about a new company called “The Punk Planner” Thepunkplanner.etsy.com there are over 70 designs available so a great place for most if not all your planner needs.

Kimberley is an avid planner, and also loves all stationery from paper to inks, so I guess, it was quite apt that she went into the planner business.

The punk planner specialise in insert, planner charms, and accessories for ring, disc and TN’s, many variations on not only the inserts, but you can also have the stylish standard covers, a black leather, or a lovely marble, one off the custom designs, or why not ask for your own image?

But today I want to focus on the inserts.

The insets come beautifully finished and  use high quality bright white 90gsm paper, the bonus is that this paper is fountain pen friendly for many inks. Now obviously there will be certain inks that shadow, or bleed through most papers, or if you use a wet fountain pen that likes to lay down lots of ink, it might be different, But the ink I have tried work well, and for reference I am going to use medium nibs, from different pen manufacturers to keep it fair.

The inks I have used have all behaved very well, and are a joy to write with. I also have lightened every photograph as the weather isn’t very bright, so there is more ghosting than in reality.

I wanted to use quite dark colours to see what results I could get, and to give the paper a good test, I almost always write with fountain pens, so I wanted inserts that could take my demands and not have me cussing about ink bleeding through the page and spoiling the look of my planner……. People see them when you make appointments, so one needs to look immaculate making a planner entry, its the only time I am prim and proper, for sure.

First out of the starting blocks is one of my favourite inks. J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey.

I love that from a distance its grey almost black, but as the light reflects you get a gold shimmer, it’s just fab.

Not much glitter going on here because of my camera angles, but as you will know it does look great.

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I inked up my old Parker Frontier pen, and wrote on the pages from the “week on one page plus notes. The paper is lovely and smooth, but also gives a little feedback on the nib. I am not a huge fan of those buttery smooth nibs, I prefer to feel like the nib is actually on the paper, but thats just my opinion.

The ink lays down nicely and the 1670 DID NOT feather, it reacted nicely from the front view ( see the little image in the bottom corner for the front view ) and on the reverse you can see its not any more prominent than most inks would be.

I laid the paper down onto white paper underneath, so you could see any shadowing more than while laying in your book, as I didn’t want to hide a thing.

Next in line for an inking was the Sailor Pro Gear Slim, with the beautiful Kiri-Same ink, a lovely mid grey with a warm tinge, rather than a cooler toned grey, it is fast becoming another of my favourites.

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It’s quite a dry ink in my opinion, so I expected it to behave really well, and it didn’t disappoint. It layed down really well, again, not a feather in sight, and had minimal ghosting and absolutely no bleed through, a dream on this paper,  would be interested to try this with a broad nib at some point. This ink is fast becoming my favourite planner in…. well until I get another favourite ha ha.

I then moved onto my Nemosine Singularity again with a medium nib, its rather a chucky nib for a medium, but writes quite nicely.

I decided to push the limits by using Diamine Onyx Black, Black ink is notorious for bleeding… right ?

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Ermmmm, nope, again, no feathering, laid down nicely, and didn’t really give me much trouble on the reverse, You can see the most ghosting, but I expected much worse from a dark ink. In truth I am pretty pleased with the back of the insert, and would use it again. Ok, I am not a black ink kind of person, but if the fancy took me, I know that I can use black if I choose to.

Ok, now for those who haven’t fell asleep yet, or got bored and gone fishing, let move onto the next experiment.

The TWSBI Eco, yet again a medium nib, (I did tell you earlier I was going to use mediums didn’t I?) filled to the brim with Diamine Prussian Blue. I wasn’t to fond of the colour at first, but it dries a beautiful Blue/Grey, and is really quite lovely.

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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, but yet again no feathering, and it lays down incredibly smoothly, its a hidden gem of an ink, and I am very grateful for being gifted this ink. A little ghosting on the revrse side, but really its only visible when tilted more towards the light to reflect through the paper.

Next up… enter Shaeffer Prelude stage left Diamine Damson, a beautiful… well colour of damsons ha ha. A very nice colour and ink to write with.

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I did wonder if this would feather, or you would see it feather more, but no, it dries lovely and has hardly any ghosting on the reverse, I also found the paper hasn’t warped while the ink dries with any of the above inks either. They have all so far behaved extremly well.

For my final test, I inked up my Parker Sonnet with Rohrer Klingner Alt Goldgrun, apologies if that isn’t spelt correctly.

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I found this to be wet, it curled the paper and took a while for the paper to return back to its normal state, there was the tiniest bit of feathering, but considering how wet it laid down I was expecting much worse results. for such a mid toned ink there was ghosting, not really terrible, but I felt that it was worse in some respects than the black ink.

I had a creative accident and splodged my ink onto the inserts ( won’t be adding that part to my planner now 😦 ) but it gave me another photographic opportunity to show you how nice this paper is.

IMG_0015 … Whoops….. but from the photo you can see that this paper does actually take a fair bit of ink before there are issues, especially if you are more careful than I am, and can’t be left unsupervised by an adult ha ha.

But it does give you some idea about the paper, and how lovely the inserts are.

Yes, there will be some ink somewhere that will bleed through this paper, but for the most part, I enjoyed the experiment, and found the paper super for my uses.

I really like the inserts, they perform well when writing in fountain pen ink, look crisp and white, fab designs and rather importantly affordable.

If you are looking for inserts, pages or planner dashboards, vellums and anything else, then check out Kimberley’s shop on Etsy. www.thepunkplanner.etsy.com

Until next time, Take care

S x

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