I’m sure by now you’ve all figured out that I love to Bullet Journal. I discovered the system in August of 2016 and I have been doodling and to-doing ever since, I never looked back. All my life I’ve fought with traditional diaries, to try and find one that suits my ever changing schedule and chaotic lifestyle – and I finally found it in the bullet journal.
Although in many ways bullet journaling does simplify the whole planning process, it hasn’t simplified my pencil case. I have a plethora of new and exciting stationary that I want to share with you all.
My hope is to make sure that my bullet journal supplies never expand beyond what will fit in my small pencil case, that way it won’t take over my life. This has left me with a few black ink pens (for writing), a few coloured fineliners, a few highlighters, and half a dozen tombows (because are you a real bullet journaller without a tombow or two?).
Today, I’m just going to talk you through all the wonderful pens in my collection, hopefully it’ll give you some inspiration to either add to/minimise your collection, whatever side of the scale you’re on.
- Uni-ball Eye Fine Rollerball Pen – Black. Long before I started journaling, I found my favourite type of pen in this beauty from Mitsubishi. For uni students, it’s perfect, because you need to apply nearly no pressure but can still read every word you’ve written at 100mph (handwriting permitting). For bullet journaling, it’s great, because the ink flows really smoothly, allowing you to do freehand lines easily and without looking like a 2-year old was let loose on your page.
- Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Pen. This one was a lucky coincidence actually, as it came free with my other Tombow pens. This is really nice if I’m wanting to do some hand lettering or doodling. I don’t think it’s by any means essential, I could easily get by with just the uni-ball’s, but it’s nice to have every now and then.
- Towbow Dual Brush Watercolour Pens in Cool Grey 3, Process Blue, Mint, Mist Purple, Purple Sage, Pink and Pale Yellow. These guys are just the best thing ever, I’m sure if you’ve done a lot of bullet journal research, you’ll see that these are crazy popular in the community, and I totally understand why – they’re great! They have one end which is your basic medium sized felt tip (it’s great for drawing precise lines, shading small areas or more structured hand lettering) and the famous brush tip (for shading and gorgeous cursive). They take a little bit of getting used to, but they’re so worth it, they lift your bullet journal game like nobody’s business.
- Pilot Frixion Light Highlighters – Pastel pack of 6. These highlighters are a great substitute for the Tombow’s if you’re not sure you want to commit yet. They’re erasable, which can be useful if timings are liable to change, or you’practisinging your lettering, and the colours are really beautiful.
- Staedtler Triplus Fineliners – Pastel pack of 6. Since I was 13, I’ve always had a pack of these on hand at exam time. Sometimes I go crazy and get the neon’s, but I always find myself drawn back to the pastels eventually. These are really gorgeous for writing your dates or titles, shading in your timebar, or just general writing if you’re feeling a little crazy. They don’t bleed through, they’re easy to read despite being light in colour. What more can you ask for?
I want to be clear that I am in no way saying that you need any of this stuff to start bullet journaling, or ever. You can bullet journal with whatever pen you find wedged between your sofa cushions, but these are some of my favourite things to use. Since bullet journaling is part of my ‘me time’ in a day, I like to use the best, and I like to try out new things, and that’s how I found all these lovely products.
I hope you guys give bullet journaling a try if you haven’t already, I know it sounds arty-farty, but I promise, you can make it whatever you want it to be.
See you all in a couple of days with a brand new post!