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Using Ink in Your Journals


During October, social media is full of gorgeous posts using ink to create beautiful works of art. This idea originally started with Jake Parker who shares a list of prompts for #Inktober each year. However, lots of artists also share alternative prompt lists, to encourage you to create something every day using ink.

However, if writing is more your style, inks are also a really great tool to use in your journals, with a huge selection to choose from. I always have a couple of fountain pens inked up and ready to go. Alongside this, using a dip-pen or glass pen enables me to quickly switch from one colour to another, so that I can use an ink that ties in with the colour palette of my pages.


If you decide to give it a go, it’s definitely worth considering the paper quality inside your journal, so that you don’t end up with disappointing results. I highly recommend any journal that includes Rhodia or Tomoe River paper as you are much less likely to experience bleed-through onto the next page or feathering of your ink.

Using ink tends to force you to slow down a little and be more mindful, which is a perfect combination when you are writing in your journal. It’s great for that time of day when you don’t need to rush, but can take a few minutes to reflect on your thoughts and feelings.

Warning: Collecting ink can become addictive!

Article and images by @journalwithpurpose

30 September 2020


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