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Moleskine Art Plus Watercolor Album, Pocket, Black, Hard Cover (3.5 x 5.5) (Classic Notebooks) Hardcover – January 1, 2008
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I use Moleskines for drawing with pencil and Sakura ink pens. They do not stress the paper and the artwork looks really good. If I want to use color, I use colored pencils or oil pastels, nothing wet. If I am using watercolor, I carry the Strathmore watercolor notebooks, (Visual Journals), that come in 90 lb or 140 lb weights, - "real" watercolor paper, that delivers results without the buckling.
As happy as I was to see Moleskine watercolor notebooks, after trying them, I went back to the Strathmore books, and will remain with them unless and until Moleskine decides to put "real" watercolor paper into their otherwise fabulous books.
You'll surprise yourself with the uses you'll find. Keep your creativity alive, use a Moleskine and go low tech rather than fiddling with some electronic gadget for twittering or games. You and your brain will appreciate the benefits. Poems and pictures to complete later! Seize the moment. Be creative. The moleskines have a history which you'll discover if you get one. Well made, they even feel good in the hand. Grab a few pens, some water color pencils or crayons, a paper towel, a brush with a small water reservoir put in a zipper baggy and with your Moleskine .... you're set for anything. Creativity is a great habit to feed. Maybe your inner cartoonist will come to life. or (illustrated) haikus are your thing. Dream journals. There's no limit what can go into your lovely leather-bound Moleskine.
Great travel gift for a creative friend.
First off, 60 pages actually mean 30 double-sided pages. I know, this is pretty crappy advertising. Just know that going in to this pocket sketchboook that if you want 60 pages, you'll be watercoloring on both sides of the page. I had planned on doing this anyway, so it did not deter my purchase. The paper IS impressive. It absolutely can handle a watercolor painting on each side. I've included an example of the first two watercolor sketches I did. They are on opposite sides of the same page and were heavily layered.
Some have complained about the top binding. I actually prefer this as I'm not trying to paint in the edges nor do I have difficulties positioning my hand for brush strokes. I find the top binding is easier to hold open while working.
The size is perfect. I use a Van Gogh 12 color travel palette, also pictured and I just use a rubber band to hold them both together as they are almost identical in size.
Others have criticized the ability to remove pages from the journal. I can't speak to that, as I don't intend to remove pages. I will high-res scan any pieces that I like to frame or sell as prints. Aside from that, a razor blade or exacto knife should remedy any difficulty removing pages and I would assume most artists/crafty folks have one lying around for various projects.
The price for the paper quality and convenience is fair in my opinion. Ten bucks is on the low end of what I'm used to spending on various supplies and this should last me 2 months.
Overall, it's a great quality book that works absolutely perfectly for my needs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When ever I'm bored between classes I can just take this out and start doodling and punting in it ... It's really great and portable ... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ashley Gomez
It's perfect for watercolor sketching, I've used it painting in both sides of the sheets and no problem.Published 3 months ago by Carolina Pino Guzman
It's exactly what I wanted. I just wish holding it open was easier. Lovely quality.Published 3 months ago by Mishka
Holds up to ink and a fair amount of my koi watercolors, perfect travel size. Came 3 days earlier than expected!Published 3 months ago by Jack L
Great travel sketch book. I read reviews that said the paper warps and buckles but I was completely satisfied with it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peach Hasgotit