Roughly a year ago I started brainstorm ways to catalog my growing ink collection as an effort to keep track of which inks I have tried. Unfortunately the old way faltered since very few ink was recorded into my catalog. I took it as a sign that perhaps I should think of another way to document these ink, in addition to self-discipline.
While waiting for the arrival of Midori Traveler’s Notebook in passport size, I contemplated on the use of it. The notebook measures 6″x 4″, smaller than most notebooks I use on a regular basis, and pigeonhole it would be a waste, since admiration from a distance can be done at a Kinokuniya Bookstore. Then the mental light bulb came up. The notebook is handy in size and I can easily keep it on my side to document any new ink that came across my way.
|Midori Traveler’s Notebook in passport size. This is a limited edition and collaboration with the “Star” Ferry Co. in Hong Kong.|
|A sample page of the ink journal. Sorry for any typographical errors I made on these pages!|
So far, this new method prevails over the old ones in several fronts:
- It is less restrictive: My old way involves a binder or a large size notebook, which mean that I can only catalog ink while at home. Due to the portability of the Midori Traveler’s Notebook, I can literally documenting ink that are in my rotation, even when I am on the go.
- The printer paper I purchased for my previous cataloging effort has a glossy surface, thus the color of the ink might appear distorted/different than if it is on matte paper surface. I definitely should not choose a paper that defeats the intended purpose!
- The new method involves less “tools”: In my previous attempts, I included swatches of ink that I recorded. Though they provide good reference points, cotton swabs are required at all time that means convenience of home is a prerequisite.
Do you keep an ink journal? If so, what is your approach?