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Mini Series: Sailor Jentle Kin-Mokusei

Todays review is the third in my Sailor ink mini series and it’s a good one because I think the Sailor Kin-Mokusei is my favourite Sailor ink so far. I was intrigued by an orange Sailor ink because of the adoration that Sailor Apricot received and thought that Kin-Mokusei could be overshadowed. I have never used Sailor Apricot so cannot offer any sort of comparison but the Kin-Mokusei is a very very good orange ink.

Kin-Mokusei is a light orange ink that really reminds me of a summers sunset. It has some lovely shading adding something special to this ink. The lighter shades of this ink show yellow tones that give this ink its light colour.

Before I started using this ink I was concerned it wasn't going to be an ink for writing; that the light colour would be more pretty than practical. I was wrong. This ink is very light but it’s perfectly legible in my notebooks and I haven’t struggled at all. In my journaling it looks great and for long form writing it makes a really nice change adding a great pop of colour.

A week of Kin-Mokusei in my Travelers Notebook

A week of Kin-Mokusei in my Travelers Notebook

Sailor’s Kin-Mokusei was a happy surprise. I tend to use dark ink colours so orange inks aren’t normally a colour I pay too much attention to. I am really pleased that I gave this colour a punt because it’s lovely. I think some time in the near future I will be buying a full bottle.

I have two previous reviews within this mini series, Sailor Blue Black and Sailor Jentle Fuji-Musume, if you have some more time why not take a look.

New Things for 2016

For 2016 I decided to make a small, humble lists of things I want try, and in some cases develop, throughout the year. These aren't resolutions as I think that word just sets you up for failure. These are a list of things I want to do to develop and make my use of stationery more enjoyable.   

Incorporating a daily photo into my journaling 

My 2016 Hobonichi Techo

My 2016 Hobonichi Techo

One of my aims for the year is to take a photo every day. I have tried to do this in the past, a photo a day, or a photo at a specific time every day but I have always failed.

This year however by including the photo in my Hobonichi journaling I have been more aware of what I have done through the day and what photo depicts that day well. Because it is linked to my journaling I have found that I am sticking to it and conscious that I actually want to have that photo in my Hobonichi. In months to come I should be able to flick through my Hobonichi and see photographic reminders of what I have done.  

I have been saving a photo sized space in my Hobonichi Techo with an old photo being used as a handy spacer. At the end of every month I will print the photos I have taken each day from an online resource and then stick or washi these in. I have allocated a 'to print' folder in my Photos app on my phone which has a collection of the photos I have taken so far. At some point I will look at investing in an instant photo printer, but only if I stick to this new ritual.  

Learn to use watercolours

My small Winsor and Newton watercolour set

My small Winsor and Newton watercolour set

I am going to try and play around with watercolour paints this year. I definitely won't become an artist or landscape painter, but I would like to try and add some watercolours into my journaling and specifically into my Travelers Notebook. I have seen a few Instagrammers that do this and it looks great and is something I have wanted to try for some time. I have a Winsor and Newton small watercolour set that I picked up after Christmas that includes some basic colours to get me started.  

Instagram for nerdiness

This year I have set up a Instagram account for my blog and I will be posting all my stationery nerdiness there. I wanted to have a dedicated account where I could post photos of how I use my stationery and follow likeminded people. 

Play around with calligraphy 

I want to try and improve my handwriting this year. I like writing in cursive and I have tried using a dip pen a few times. I was inspired to try my hand at calligraphy when watching the Ink - written by hand video made by Ryan Couldrey (if you haven't watched this video, do it now. It's great!). I am a real novice by I love trying things out with the dip pen. I have done some lettering for a family member and really enjoyed it, so this year I want to improve and learn some more. 

Use more of the ink I own

A selection of my inks

A selection of my inks

I don't rotate my inks very well and therefore don't use the small collection that I own. So this year I want to ensure that I use more of what I own and re-ink my fountain pens regularly. This also ties in with the plan to practice calligraphy as I can use different colours with my dip pen. 

Do you have any stationery goals for 2016? If so I would love to hear about them. I will endeavour to post updates here that relate to my goals for this year, that way you can all keep track of my progress.  

Nothing beats a good ink

Diamine Prussian Blue is quite simply gorgeous, and I wasn't expecting it. I came across this ink by chance and I am very very pleased I did. I bought my husband a Kaweco fountain pen and Diamine Prussian Blue ink cartridges as a present as I felt he needed a good pen. I chose Diamine Prussian Blue ink as he prefers a dark ink colour and has a love of all things grey. 

When it turned up, naturally the pen geek in me wanted to give it a go. Quite simply, had I been wearing socks, it would have blown them off.

At this present time Diamine is my favourite ink brand. They are great value for money, a 30ml bottle set me back less than £3. The ink flows consistently well and dry times are good. For the Prussian Blue the tone is lovely. I would describe it as a blue-black ink but not in the traditional sense. This ink has hints of grey which gives it an edge that I haven't seen it other blue-blacks. It is also more blue than black. A quick google search and wiktionary informs me that this pigment colour was actually discovered in Prussia around 1700. I am a part time history student so this discovery just added to my love.

Check the shading from my ink swab

Check the shading from my ink swab

To enjoy this ink even more I have it inked up in a demonstrator pen. Even in the ink reservoir it looks dreamy. 

Swishing inky goodness 

Swishing inky goodness 

Diamine Prussian Blue with be a blue-black ink that I will always use. If you haven't tried a Diamine ink, or are looking for an affordable blue-black then I urge you to try this ink.