Now, I've done them!
The first thing I did was customize the cover. Normally I wouldn't have. But Daycraft is located in Hong Kong, and the stamps and customs declaration on the package caught my eye. I took them off the package and glued them to my cover.
My prize was a notebook, so of course I had to try writing in it--even though I'll use it mostly for artwork. Lines? So what? I don't let small things like that keep me from drawing!
|Front Back of page|
For those of you unfamiliar with fountain pens, some inks are more free-flowing than others, and some fountain pen nibs allow a wider, thicker flow. Either of these conditions or a combination of them create a 'wet' or, conversely, a 'dry' pen. Obviously, if you have a wet pen it will saturate the paper and bleed to the back more easily. I've tried to create a 'wet' situation with my circles for all the pens, even the non-fountain pens.
However, the bleed-through isn't bad. There is also some shadowing, but it wouldn't keep me from writing on the back of the page. I wouldn't use a fountain pen to draw in this book, unless I intended to use the bleed through--something I often do!
There was no feathering, except for the Pigma brush pen. I was traveling when I did this page, and hadn't realized that the brush tip had been bent. I tested it on several other papers, and it's definitely the brush tip that's faulty.
All of the pens had slightly longer drying times than I usually find. It was only by a few seconds, and the only ink I managed to smear was the Australian Roses in Black Swan. It was very wet ink. The upshot--you'll need to take a little care to let some inks dry.
|Silver, Cedar & TortoiseShell|
There was some small amount of pilling (I'd be surprised if there weren't--it is a problem with these pens, but I love them anyway). but no fraying of the pen tips, or bleed through.
The color is bright. The Distress Marker color range is somber, so they come out dull on some papers. In this Signature notebook they are as bright as I've ever seen them.
|Ye Olde Poet's Tavern|
Copic markers bled through with about 70% coverage on the back (the writing sample page being the back). After the bright color I got with the distress markers, I was surprised that the Copic color wasn't as bright. However, it was bright and dark enough that I could use both black ink art pen and white ink gel pen on the front equally well. The white ink doesn't show as much on the back, but that is pretty standard. I was pleased with the range of effect and texture that I was able to achieve.
|Storm Over the Nile|