This photo is by Rhonda Miller of MyHandboundBooks
Ok, so I think that I have finally gone off the deep end. My fountain pen obsession is still there, but thankfully the purchasing of same has slowed down, somewhat.
However, that seems to have been replaced with an obsession with paper and art products.
Pastel watercolors, watercolor journals, Copic markers, graphite sketching pencils, sketch journals (all of which would be ok, if I actually had some artistic talent). And then there is the stationary, art postcards and more journals!
Anyway, as part of this expanded obsession (I guess there are a lot of addictions which are worse) I recently acquired this lovely Handbound Steampunk Journal from Rhonda Miller of the Etsy Store MyHandboundBooks.
I found Rhonda's store through Twitter and a Tweet from parksideharmony, who also has a wonderful Etsy store and super blog by the same name.
When I saw this journal I just loved the way that it looked, but was concerned about whether or not it would be fountain pen friendly, so I sent Rhonda a message and she replied that she would be willing to do a fountain pen test on any of the papers that she uses for her books. Here is the description of the journal from her store:
"Handbound leather journal, steampunk style. All of my steampunk journals are entirely one of a kind since most of the various embellishments are literally found objects.
This particular book incorporates an old bit of hardware on the front, probably from an old telephone, made of copper. There is also a bit of chain, and an old key attached. The cover is firm brown cowhide leather. The pages are stained brown around the edges.
This journal is 6" x 4.5" and over 1" thick (or 15.5cm X 11.5cm x 3cm). The pages are handbound using a longstitch and link stitch binding technique, sewn with black linen thread.
Paper is 50lb (74g/m2) Canson drawing paper, ivory, unlined, and stained brown around the edges. There are 320 pages (when you count both sides of each sheet). "
Below are my photos, which are not nearly as nice as Rhonda's, but they will give you an idea of the size of the journal, in comparison to a large Rhodia Webnotebook and you can see that the paper does not feather. Although there is some show through, it is not as pronounced as it appears in the photo.
I am going to LOVE using this journal.