Which notebook is right for me?
This question, as simple as it seems, is not as simple as it is, you see, every notebook is different, every pen is different, we are different… So this simple question is very difficult answer.
First, let’s start with the difference of bleeding through and ghosting, because there is a lot of confusion out there it seems, ghosting is often mistaken for bleeding though and the other way around.
Bleeding through: the ink goes through a page and will be shown on the other side.
Ghosting: the ink doesn’t go through a page, but you will see some sort of shadow on the back of the page.
Well with that out of the way lets start to answer is very complex question. Let’s start with pens, (and with pens I mean all things we write with). Pens come with different inks, some are more prone to bleed though a page than others. For example, Alcohol based markers, will always bleed through a paper, while ballpoint pens almost never bleed through a paper. It really depends on the ink. Another thing you might consider is… you. Some people write more heavy than others, and some people write slower than others, the more pressure and time it takes to write, the more ink will flow, thus the more chance of bleeding through/ghosting. So there might be two people, using the same pens and notebooks getting two completely different results. When starting a new notebook always do a pen test, because the result of how a pen behaves, would be different than that of another person.
Each notebook is made of different paper. And this might be another reason why some notebooks are more prone to bleed through/ghosting than others. The weight of a paper is very important, the thicker the paper, the less chance ink will bleed through a page. Take for example watercolour paper, it can hold great amounts of ink and water. But there is more. Some papers use special coatings. Because of these coatings, papers will hold quite an amount of ink, thus there will be less chance of bleed through/ghosting. Let’s give an example. Tomoe River (Tomoegawa) Paper is extremely thin, though it is coated, and that makes them resistant to bleedthrough and feathering and they can handle a variety of inks. But because the paper is so thin, there is way more chance of ghosting. So when searching for a right notebook always look for what kind of paper is used.
The last thing to take into consideration is… YOU, . Every person is different and every person has different preferences. I’m okay with a little bit of ghosting, but someone else can’t stand it.
I wish you good luck on your search for the perfect notebook! Don’t forget to do a lot of research and look up lot of reviews! When you have finally bought a notebook, start with a pentest first (in the back of your notebook). Remember to enjoy the experience!