Good morning readers…
So…I’ve picked my pens, still need to decide on my basic ink color (possibly dark blue) now¬†it’s time to decide on the type of paper I want to use. Paper can be as simple as a lined pad from the stationery section of the grocery store or as fancy as specially monogramed paper from a¬†fine stationery¬†store.
Paper is definately a personal choice. Me? For general correspondence I love Crane’s paper. I’ve been using it for many years. It’s 100% cotton, has a nice smooth finish, comes in many colors and styles and fountain pens write like a dream on it. It’s not¬†too horribly expensive. I think I’ve paid between about $8.00 for a set of 25 plain notecards and I think a box of paper without envelopes is between $12 and $18.
For a more cost effective stationery, I like to buy various 8.5″x11″ papers from our local¬†business paper supplier. They have a lovely paper called Via natural that has a nice smooth writing surface. It’s fun to setup and print my own letterhead on them using the Inkjet printer. I also make my own cards out of art papers or card stock sheets cut in half and folded.¬† I glue pretty photos to the front or sometimes draw, paint or collage on then.
For friends or family, and even strangers, it’s sometimes fun to send decorated mail. I recently purchased a book called Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art. It’s definately a fun book to look at and a good source of ideas for your own decorated letters and envelopes.
For those of you that write letters. What type of papers do you like to use?
I’m thinking¬†about having a little New Years’ giveaway here on the blog. It will be writing related. Please check back during the week for more details.
I hope everyone has a great day.