Pentalic Ruled Traveler Pocket Journal, 6 by 4-Inch, Violet
- Flexible Italian-made waterproof cover, ribbon marker, elastic enclosure and back pocket^Printed horizontal lines (ruled), spaced 7 cm apart for journaling and note taking^160 pages (80 sheets) of acid free 100% recycled 74 lb. (120 gsm) paper^Paper accepts graphite, colored pencil, pen, fountain pen and ink
Wherever you go, capture life as it happens with this art journal designed to fit anywhere. 160 pages of acid-free, 100% recycled 74 lb. (120 gsm) paper is perfect for sketching, notes and field work. Includes an elastic enclosure, ribbon marker, back page pocket and flexible Italian made cover.
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SKETCHBOOK: My previous 8x6 Pentallic Sketchbook didn't have cover impression defects like the one I ordered from Amazon (photos included), but I really don't mind since I'll scuff up the cover with everyday use. This is one of my favorite sketchbooks because the pages are thick and, in my opinion, very high quality. There is barely any texture to the paper, which I prefer. The paper thickness and smoothness makes it perfect for writing and drawing.
PEN & INKS: I draw and color with Copics (outlining pens & Sketch brush markers), Crayola markers, and Sharpies (writing pens & markers), and many other pens/markers/pencils. Most of the pens I use for outlining and writing do not bleed through to the back of the page. The Copic Sketch brush markers bleed through, mainly because they use Alcohol-based ink. I've also used a quill pen with dipping ink that did not bleed through. Sharpie writing pens do not bleed through (photo of drawing), but Sharpie Markers probably will.
OVERALL: It will probably have some minor defects on the cover, but you're buying a sketchbook with great quality paper at a cheap price! If my new one is used up quickly, I'll be back for another.
For a journal so cheap, I was initially worried that the paper would be thin and disappointing, but I was pleasantly surprised by how nice and heavy it was. I haven't had any problem with bleeding with the pens (ink and gel) I've used.
The binding seems nice and strong, and allows the book to lay almost flat without any any signs of stress to it.
The paper is surprisingly heavy. Its actually heavy enough for quick watercolors with little to no bleed through or peeling. However, my Pentel arts fine point markers and Staedtler triplus fineliners peel up the page and bleed through fairly quickly. I've added photos of a quick watercolor, and my "scribble page" to show examples. The black blob on the scribble page is watercolors, i wanted to see how much effort it took to get the page to start peeling. Surprisingly it still didn't bleed through even after tearing up the page.
Overall, this is a wonderful little book and I would definitely recommend it if you want something that is easy to carry around with you.