I'm sure I told you already that I subscribe to the Studio Calico project life kits. It's frivolous, but I love the quality of their cards and getting a little box of new supplies in the mail each month really helps me stay motivated. Last month I decided to get on of the add on kits and I will have to admit that when I saw the pen in the kit I was not very excited. I have never had great luck with white pens, but decided I could give it to the littles to play with.
So yesterday when I revamped my conference journal and as I was putting all the journals way in the cupboard staring back at me were 6 identical journals. Not really a problem, but certainly not convenient for fast retrieval. I went to my stash of used white pens that never seem to work as promised and started testing on the back of my personal journal from last year.
1. Sharpie paint pen: Splattered every where and struggled on the soft surface of the notebook. On a harder surface I think you can get a nice even look. Longer drying time.
2. Sakura Permapaque: wrote nicely, but not bright enough for me.
3. Uniball Signo: (I miss labeled this as I was writing, sorry). It took quite a while to dry and on the soft cover did not write evenly. This pen is still one of my go to white pens.
4. American Crafts Permanent Chalk Marker: dried quickly, strong white. The only down side is that it's a little thicker than I like to write with, but I can't have everything right?
5. Zig Writer chalk: Warning: there was nothing on the cover as I was writing. It was clear and I thought the pen an absolute dud. It wasn't until I took the picture this morning that it was white. I might write over it again to see if a second coat improves the brightness.
6. Silver Sharpie: worked beautifully, dried instantly, just thicker than I wanted.
My all time favorite journals are moleskine notebooks. I have tried more notebooks that I can count and I always come back to the moleskine. I love the extra large size (7.5 x 10) and it has a soft cover. I love the black journals, but I noticed yesterday that there are now beige, orchid purple, and underwater blue in the extra large size. I abuse these notebooks and they hold up beautifully. You are looking at new journals that are just starting out, but they will double in size and get mashed in books bags, thrown around... they take the abuse beautifully.
2. Personal journal: I find that I need to clear my mind before I study. Writing in my journal has been the therapeutic emptying that I need.
4. Book of Mormon: feelings and impressions as I read my favorite book. Remember if you want a free copy of my favorite book I would love to send you one. (here)
I do not profess to be an expert in journaling, creative or scripture journaling. I have just found things that work for me and I write. In the various posts I have linked people a few people that have inspired me. There are so many more. People who have a gift of writing and expressing themselves. This is just my little corner of the world and it really only has meaning for me.