I wonder how many of us have blotting paper. Personally I’ve had an ink blotter with paper since I was a school kid, however many in our hobby do not. So why this post. Well from my daily carry write ups you will know that a Midori Traveller Passport Journal accompanies me most the time I am out of the house, plus a Midori Traveller Journal sits in my travel or work bags. I detail the pens held in their loops, but not what else is attached.
Now both do have plastic pouches, the official Traveller/Midori ones. On the bigger journal all this contains is a pack of tabs for marking pages. On the passport, however, it contains stamps, more tabs (these actual Post-It ones) and a sewing kit. However both journals also have the official stick on pockets and these contain … blotting paper. Obvious really considering the title of this piece.
So why carry it with me, can I not just let ink dry? Well yesterday was a good example. I was at a bash, needed to sign in, did so and thought my ink was dried. Half an hour later I signed in again and wondered who had an ink smear on their hand. Later there was a meal and an agenda doc went round for us all to sign in celebration. Well this time there would be no time for the ink to dry so I could have used the ballpoint that was attached, instead the trusty blotting paper came out. No smearing this time 😉
Danny Watts said:
Great timing. Yours is the second article I’ve read this weekend on the virtues of blotting paper. I’ve considered using it but have yet to invest in any.
Pamela Boxall said:
Me! I have blotting paper! I always keep a sheet in my planner/diary and use it frequently. One day a workmate saw it and asked if it was some kind of artwork!
I always have a piece of blotting paper to hand on my desk, and another sheet tucked into my hobonichi planner. I sign quite a lot of documents as part of my job, and it is invaluable when there isn’t time to let each signature dry (or I’ve chosen a particularly “wet” pen/ink!).
I always have a piece of blotting paper on my desk, and another tucked into my hobonichi planner. I sign quite a lot of documents as part of my job, and the blotting paper is essential when there isn’t time to let each signature dry (or I’ve chosen a particularly “wet” pen/ink combination!).