Fountain pen blotting paper can be very useful, especially if you enjoy using inks or papers that have higher dry times. What is blotting paper? Essentially, it is a highly-absorbent paper that can be used to soak up excess ink on the surface of your paper. If you’ve never used blotting paper or don’t know anything about it, there are a few things to know before using it for the first time. In this article, I’ll show you what blotting paper is, how to use it and give you a few tips and tricks to help you out.
What Is Blotting Paper?
The first question is what is blotting paper? As I mentioned above, it is highly-absorbent paper that is specifically made to quickly absorb excess ink. It has been used for many years, with some reports claiming it dates back to the 15th century. It is mainly found in flat sheets (just like paper), but can also be found in rolls, such as in the base of a bottle of Lamy ink.
How To Use Fountain Pen Blotting Paper
When describing how to use fountain pen blotting paper, there are two different aspects to discuss. First, there is literally how to use it, but there is also physically how to use it. Let’s start with the actual use of blotting paper.
Using blotting paper is as simple as pressing two pieces of paper together. One piece of paper is the blotting paper and the other is the paper with wet ink on it. When the blotting paper comes into contact with wet ink, it quickly soaks it up. The result is that you don’t have to sit and wait for the ink to dry. I have found that gently laying the blotting paper on top of my wet writing and then pressing straight down gets the best results. You don’t want to rub or move the blotting paper, as you will likely smear your writing before the ink dries.While you can use a plain sheet of blotting paper and simply lay it on your paper, there are other ways to use it. The most popular is to use a rocker blotter. A rocker blotter is a tool that you attach a piece of blotting paper to. Its curved shape allows you to “rock” the blotting paper across your writing instead of laying it directly on the paper. It certainly makes blotting much faster and easier. Does it change the way the blotting paper works? Keep reading to see some tests that I did.
Blotting Paper Tips and Tricks
I’ve been using blotting paper for as long as I’ve been using fountain pens, so I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that might make things a little easier for you if you’ve never used it before.
– Does a rocker blotter work better than just plain blotting paper? In my experience, a rocker blotter works better and is easier to use than just a sheet of blotting paper. It tends to blot more evenly since the pressure is distributed across the paper and not just where you press with your fingers or hand. It is also much quicker to use a rocker blotter since it has a handle and can quickly be picked up, rocked across your writing and removed.– Choose your blotting paper wisely. I’ve used a few different types of blotting paper and can say that they indeed perform differently. For starters, unless you’re desperate, I wouldn’t even bother with the stuff in the bottom of a bottle of Lamy ink. It is intended to be used as a nib wiper, but it is often referred to as blotting paper. In my experience, it is difficult to use and doesn’t work very well. I’ve also used some blotting paper that is also used as a business card. This does work, but beware of any printing or embossing, as it will be less absorbent than the paper. Finally, there is plain old blotting paper. In my opinion, this is going to be the best to use, as its intended use is only for soaking up ink. – Be careful when using used blotting paper. On more than one occasion, I have accidentally transferred a different color of ink from my blotting paper to the wet ink I’m trying to soak up! This usually happens when using lighter, low-saturation inks and blotting paper that is heavily used. – Cut custom blotters for different uses. I tend to keep pieces of blotting paper in many of my journals and notebooks. Not only does it work as blotting paper when I’m writing, but also as a bookmark! I’ve also used it in the past as a hand rest while doodling. This helps to soak up any wet ink that may be on the surface of my paper, but also keeps the oils on my hand from smearing high-sheening ink. – Using blotting paper may cut down on the amount of sheen that you see. Ink tends to sheen when ink is slowly absorbed into paper and some of it dries on the surface. Using a blotter removes any excess ink from the surface of the paper, which reduces sheen, so if you’re a fan of high-sheen inks, you may be better off skipping the blotting paper and waiting for your ink to dry on its own.
– Using blotting paper too quickly can remove too much ink. If you blot your ink every few words before it has a chance to dry, chances are you’ll end up with a bunch of undersaturated writing. As you can see in the image below, using a blotter before the ink has a chance to dry removes a lot from the page and doesn’t look nearly as good as letting it dry a bit.If you’re interested in getting some blotting paper and trying it for yourself, you can buy it in a few different places: Amazon or Pendemonium (scroll down the page, just before the advertising blotters)