An Introduction to Fountain Pens and Planning

Curious about fountain pens & how to use in your planners? Get an excellent introduction to fountain pens & why these quality materials can add more beauty to your planning world.

As this is a blog about planning, today’s subject matter may seem less obvious. I want to talk about fountain pens, why I think they’re the best, and why you need at least one in your life.

Check out this fountain pen-a beautiful addition to any planner girl's world!
My first fountain pen, a Lamy Studio.

Stepping Up Your Stationery Game

Making the decision to switch to a fountain pen is akin to making the change from, say, rhinestones to diamonds.

Not following?

For me, fountain pen use is the height of class and luxury when it comes to writing.

I’m not talking about your Grandfather’s fountain pen (unless that is what you like) and they can be used for a lot more than calligraphy. I’m talking about how fountain pens can be used and enjoyed today, though it may not be so different from yesteryear.

I use fountain pens because they’re awesome and it’s a whole other world to discover. It’s not just that it’s a pen… it’s THE pen, it’s THE nib, and it’s THE endless ink options. 

Beautiful designs and strokes can be created in your planners with fountain pens.
Noodler’s Black Swan In Australian Roses, a popular ink.

Fountain Pen 101

For those of you that don’t know a lot about fountain pens, I am going to offer some very basic info. I am by no means a fountain pen expert and I am not the person to look to for the inner workings of a pen. I can tell you how they work at the most rudimentary level and you can look to the likes of Brian Goulet for further information:

A fountain pen is a pen that draws ink from an internal reservoir. The ink goes through a feed to a nib, and the nib puts the ink on the paper.

(See, I told you it you if would be rudimentary)


A Natural Progression

We have all started somewhere in our planning journey. Maybe you started with a composition notebook or maybe your started with a Filofax; my point is that we all started somewhere.

I think it’s fair to say that we have all progressed or are progressing to some extent. A few years ago, I would have happily taken a Mead notebook over a Leuchtturm. I also would have happily taken a Paper-Mate over a Montblanc. The more things we try, the more our tastes change because we have that option.

(For the record, I still don’t own a Montblanc)

Fountain pens can be a beautiful addition to your planning. Consider these tips when selecting fountain pens for use with your planners.
My first “big girl” pen purchase; the stunning Omas Milord in London Smoke.

Fountain Pens & Planning

Fountain pens and paper were made for each other. Our planners are filled with paper, so why not use an instrument to write with that enriches the experience and makes it more meaningful?

Planning is very much about the ritual and for me, using a fountain pen keeps me grounded in that ritual. What you write is written with more purpose and you will soon learn that there can be immense pleasure in the act of writing.

The way a certain ink flows, the smoothness of the nib, the feel of the pen in your hand. A fountain pen allows you to savor the moment. It also makes you and your planner looks pretty badass.

Fountain pens for planning. Get great tips & ideas on how to incorporate fountain pens with your planners.
Doesn’t a Waterman look nice in a Filofax?


You have been warned: this is an addictive hobby. The entire fountain pen community, along with myself, will enable you the same way the planner community enables you. If you think all of these newfound planner conferences are fun, take a seat and learn from the pros at the fountain pen shows (it’s a thing!). Pen people are everywhere and you will be surprised at how diverse the community is, as well as how willing they are to help you learn.

How To Get Started With Fountain Pens

To get started using a fountain pen, visit any of the pen sites and/or stores out there. A quick Google search will do the trick. Start small for your first pen with something like a Lamy Safari, Pilot Metropolitan, or a Twsbi Eco. Once you receive your pen you can ink it up and you’re ready to go. 

I know that many people have questions about how to use fountain pens. If you are one of those people, please comment and I will be happy to help to the best of my ability.

Wait!  There’s More!  Fountain Pen GIVEAWAY!

To make things even more interesting, I would like to give away a fountain pen to one lucky person.

To enter into the drawing, like @PlannerSquad and @PenZealot (that’s me!) on Instagram, repost from my account about the giveaway, tag a friend, and leave a comment letting us know why you want a fountain pen.

Winner will be chosen August 4 and I will pick out a super cool pen for you while I am at the DC Fountain Pen Supershow that week, and mail it to you as soon as I get home. Good luck!

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Wendie Keller

Wendie lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Jon, and daughter, Spencer. She can often be found with a cup of tea and a smile on her face. Wendie enjoys traveling, is a self-proclaimed foodie, and believes in not taking herself too seriously. Her hobbies include paper, fountain pens, ink, and planning, and she is currently developing curriculum for a bullet journal class.

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  1. Brenda Saball says

    Like both of your instagram accounts but could not find anything about the fountain pen giveaway, I LOVE fountain pens.

    • Wendie Keller says

      You will go to @penzealot on IG and look for the post that references this blog post. It has the same image as the one at the beginning of this post. Please let me know if you need more help and good luck on winning the fountain pen!

  2. gigi says

    I love using traditional calligraphy ink pens (the kind where you dip the nib into the ink). I haven’t experiemented much with fountain pens. The ones I have tried were probably too cheap to really work well, and I always wound up making a big miss on my hands! Maybe one of these days I’ll treat myself! Thank you for sharing your resources!
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  3. Raymond Williams says

    Thanks for your informative article. I love the usage of traditional calligraphy ink pens (the kind wherein you dip the nib into the ink). I haven’t experimented a great deal with fountain pens. The ones I even have attempted have been possibly too reasonably-priced to in reality paintings well, and I always wound up making a big miss in my arms! Maybe considered one of nowadays I’ll deal with myself! Thank you for sharing your assets!


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