Saturday, October 4, 2008
Derwent cover is a soft imitation suede. Feels very nice.... Book has elastic closure and long ribbon bookmark.
Derwent shown between a large & small Moleskine. I've always found the small Moleskines to be too small, and the large ones, while portable, can become bulky if you want to carry a small bag. The Derwent is a very nice "in-between" size that I think would be easier to grab & pack.
80 pages (40 both sides) Acid Free 200 gm white paper.
I was disappointed to see that these were made in China, but I suppose that explains their relatively low cost. $9.99 online from The Fine Art Store.
Rounded edges on the cover and pages mean less damages from pulling this journal in and out of a bag.
Inside cover has a small pocket for receipts, tickets, etc. Nice touch.
It lies flat!!!!!!!!!
Huge back pocket to store all your goodies.
Moleskine Sketch book on top to show color difference. This Derwent paper is white versus the Moleskine's sickly creamy ivory.
The paper took a pretty heavy wash of watercolor applied with a Niji Water Brush - minimal bleed-through only in the spots that I repeatedly scrubbed over, or super soaked. These are Holbein & Daniel Smith artist grade watercolors, and I don't think this paper provides the best representation of these super pigmented paints. I think the paper would be great for light washes - because ultimately, it's not really watercolor paper and it's not going to respond as though it is.
This was from my scanner rather than camera.
Ok - here's the deal.
The good news is that none of these inks bled through. The Sharpie tried, but no go. Everything stayed on their own side of the paper. The paper is smooth and uncoated - unlike the Moleskine which seems to be resistant of certain materials.
The bad news is that while none of the FP inks bled, they all spread and feathered. Some more than others. Not surprisingly, Noodler's Bulletproof black behaved the best.
Of note - everything wrote super smooth on this paper. I think it would be excellent for drawing & doodling with markers.
Private Reserve's Arabian Rose really spread & feathered badly.
J Herbin Eclat de Saphir - not great.
Diamine Imperial Blue - horrible. But then again, that ink is problematic in a lot of the journals that I have tried.
Written in Noodler's Bulletproof Black - but not with that pen.
In closing, I have to say that this is about an 8 on a scale of 1-10 if you aren't going to want to use a lot of different color fountain pen inks in it. It would be great for probably all other kinds of media, and it's a pretty cheap buy. I also recommend it over the Moleskine sketch book - I just hate the Moleskine sketch paper....