How to create | Budget-friendly fountain pen ink mini book


My love for fountain pens and inks fully bloomed earlier this year when I finally ‘got the hang of it’ since I’ve gotten my first fountain pen last year in 2016. If you are a fountain pen lover, at some point, you were probably going through the same ‘dilemma’ of how to keep track of all your ink samples/bottles. There are SO many colours available on the market, it can be difficult to pick your favourite shade and getting sample vials first before buying the entire bottle is a lot more efficient πŸ˜‰

But you can easily end up with 30+ ink samples and lose track of what you actually have. Here is how I used to keep track of my ink samples:

The paper you can see above in the pictures is from Rhodia Dotpad – Clairfontaine paper is the best quality paper I have ever used and highly recommend to fountain pen users because it does not feather the ink. And I store all of the ink vials in this little box from a local shop.


What you need to make a mini ink log book:

  • index cards (you can get thicker sheets and cut them to your preferable size)
  • thicker piece of card for front & back cover
  • 1.5″ book rings
  • glass/dip/fountain pen
  • ink samples
  • a glass of water
  • microfibre cloth
  • hole puncher
  • cotton ear buds


How to make it?

It’s very simple actually πŸ™‚

Make sure you adjust your hole puncher properly so every hole you make in your index card is exactly at the same spot – you want your index cards to match. Adding cover sheets on top & bottom is completely up to you and you can use any kind of paper you like – the possibilities here are endless! You could even use a piece of wood or metal if you have it on hand. I find 1.5″ book rings the perfect size, but this is also a personal choice and you might like something a little smaller. Just make sure it will hold all your index cards!

As I have mentioned many times before, I love getting my writing supplies from The Writing Desk so every ink you can see in the pictures, most of the fountain pens and of course, the latest addition, Rohrer and Klingner glass pen, are purchased from there. Having a glass pen is fantastic because it can be very easily washed and used again and again in seconds, and you don’t have to wait for it to dry πŸ™‚ I LOVE this thing!! It made creating this ink book A LOT easier and faster! What is my most favourite ink? Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine – I love this shade, so beautiful!

Once you have your cards ready, it’s time to start opening your ink bottles and sample vials! That is THE best part, hehe. Be ready to get your fingers dirty and if you do want to prevent that, you can use a pair of gloves – good tip before you start, right?

There is no right or wrong on how to create your cards, where to write what, or how much ink to apply in one spot, if any… This ink book is a visual guide for YOU, create it the way you feel like you will like it and enjoy browsing through.

I recommend writing down what brand your ink is and the name of its particular shade. You can include if it is a special edition, a date you opened the bottle, price, where you got it from etc.

TIP — do not use a painting brush, it is close to impossible to wash the ink off the bristles. Save yourself some time and money, and rather use cotton ear buds instead to spread the ink πŸ˜‰

Wait until every card is completely dry, place them in colour order that you like, and get them all on your book ring! Don’t forget the front & back cover and voila! All done!! Isn’t it pretty?


On YouTube πŸ™‚ β†’Β How to create | Ink book + ink swatches πŸ™‚



What is YOUR favourite ink and why?