Reader DJ writes in with this question:
I have recently stumbled upon your blog along with some others. I am thrilled to finally have an outlet for my pen and paper passion. I’ve been reading a lot about Rhodia pads and some of the notebooks I already owned. I see that there are different paper “weights”? What does this affect? What should I look for in paper if I enjoy using a pen such as TUL? These type of pens seems to write very wet but even with me being a lefty, over-writer, I do not have trouble with smearing. I see all these notebooks but are there heavier loose leaf papers available? I would appreciate any and all feedback to help me along in my new quest.
My brief answer about paper weight, i.e. thickness, is that it mainly affects ink bleeding through, and if you’re using watercolors, how much the paper might buckle. I think smearing is more a function of the texture of the paper surface than its thickness. Some thick papers may still have a very smooth surface that makes ink take longer to soak in. But I’m not really a fountain pen user, so I’m turning the rest of the question over to those in the audience who are! Please chime in with suggestions. Thanks!