#30inks30days Handwriting Challenge - September 2020

Success! Another 30 Inks 30 Days challenge is in the books. The month goes by quickly when you keep changing inks, doesn't it? Since I've been doing this challenge for a couple of years now, I've gotten used to the rhythm of cleaning and inking in the morning. It's become as important as getting dressed, making the coffee, and feeding the dogs.

Here's my finished calendar layout:
Notebook is a GLP Author with Tomoe River Paper (dotted).

30inks30days september 2020

By the second week, I hardly have to remind myself to clean and prepare the day's pen. What I sometimes need to remind myself is to post a pic to social media. That's what will sometimes lead to tardiness on a particular day's post. 

In the fourth week, I featured all seven inks in September's Ink Flight. I do enjoy a good double-shader ink, although the "Rainbow in a Bottle" is a bit too light for my liking. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the "Nebula Space Kitty" and "Trecolori Ultramarine" are satisfying for those that like the over-the-top, bold inks.

I was able to drain a few samples to empty. These challenges afford an excellent opportunity to kick a few vials and make room in my cases for next month's Ink Flight. Each #30inks challenge month, I'll usually set aside a selection of vials that have a drop or two left.

Toublemaker Milky Ocean

Favorite ink of the challenge - Troublemaker Milky Ocean because it's perhaps one of the nicest double-shading inks that isn't a Sailor.

Favorite pen and ink combo - Monteverde Pumpkin Cake + OMAS Ogiva extra fine, extra flessibile nib. Boy, does this Pumpkin Cake have depth and great shading accentuated by the flex nib on the OMAS.

Pen most used in September - Tied between the Lamy 2000 <M> and the Sailor 1911 Realo <Music> at 5 days each.

We had over 60 people posting every day last month. Instagram doesn't make it easy to find all the accounts, so I apologize if I missed anyone in the list below.

Congrats to all the finishers! You did it!

@ snowball7470
@ slickerydont
@ mike.antkowiak
@ cre8ive_intentions
@ janeykay_writes
@ meejasaurusrex

We'll announce a random giveaway drawing soon to celebrate your achievements!

Which inks did you find that snuck onto your wish list? Let us know in the comments. Are you up for another round? November will be sooner than you know it!

If you'd like to find out more about the rules of #30inks30days, visit the FAQ section on April's post here.







Judy (a/k/a shellseeker93)

Congrats to everyone for finishing! This was my first time joining the challenge and I enjoyed it, although I am glad to get back into my normal pen/ink usage. :) It was so much fun to go through the hashtag and see what inks/pens others were using and I have a list of even more new inks to try and some new IG friends so I consider it a roaring success. I decided last minute to do this and had no plan going in so I just mostly tried to use up some of my samples because I have waaaaay too many. lol If I do participate in November, I’m going to come up with a plan ahead of time so I know what pen(s)/inks I’ll be using.


I’m not on the list, but that’s fine! I didn’t know how exactly I wanted to stage the photos but got into the flow of it near the end of the month so all my pictures aren’t in the same format. I am, also, glad that I was able to participate and finish it through the hardships of last month- it was so good to have something routine to turn for stress relief. Thanks for hosting!

Douglas (designmattersseattle)

Being fairly new to fountain pens myself this was my first challenge, but what a kick. I really enjoyed the spirit of comradery that developed between all the “regulars”. I definitely have some new friends. One person who is on the list liked one of my pens so much I gave it to her, lol.

About 15 inks got added to my Must Have list, and I’ve already ordered 3 or 4 of them. Thanks for such a fun and enjoyable challenge!

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