Friday, December 19, 2008
Kunst & Papier Sketch Journal, shown with a pretty pair of rhodium Sailors. Sapporo & 1911.
Wider than a large Moleskine, and about 1/4 of an inch wider all around than a Canteo. I really tend to prefer a book the width of a Moleskine because it balances perfectly on the knee. Wider books are off balance to me, and I don't often write on a flat surface.
The Journal/Sketchbooks are not shown on the The Kunst & Papier website nor could I immediately find them at any of their US retailers.
This was sent to me as a sample by K&P. If you are interested, I suggest calling them or e-mailing them for availability. A sticker inside the book indicates a $15.98 price.
The books are German crafted with German paper and the products were designed by an artist for personal use - per an artist's standards, rather than to the standards of a marketing team or salesperson. (Per Gil at K&P)
The 5.8x8.3" Kunst & Papier Sketch Journal is filled with 160 pages (80 sheets) of 120gm hot pressed bright white calandered paper, (calandering is the process of smoothing the surface of the paper by pressing it between rollers) and is said to be tolerant of more kinds of media. It's acid free, wood free, and bleach free.
The book opens and lies pretty darn flat. An unfinished long ribbon bookmark is included.
These books feel very sturdy & significant in the hand.
Fountain Pen Test
Nibs writing true to size. Very small amount of bleeding with primarily the .07 Cursive Italic filled with Private Reserve Midnight Blues Ink. Minimal.
No feathering or spreading, no see-through.
Paper is smooth & shiny like Clairefontaine, but does not have the "drag" that I associate with Clairefontaine/Rhodia products.. Ink takes a few moments to dry. Use a blotter if this is a concern.
Markers love this shiny bright white paper. Stabilo 88 shown above. Also tested: Sharpie, Lumocolor, and Pitt Brush Pens. Most behaved nicely, Sharpie & Lumocolor bled a little as expected. The others? Good, but if you work them in the same smace long enough, they will eventually spot through.
I'm not crazy about using pencils on shiny paper unless they are really smooth and blendable.
Prismacolor? Not so much.
Faber Castell Drawing Pencils - H & 2H? Not at all. HB, 2B, 4B & 6B? Good.
Watercolors and Pitt Artist Pen in the Kunst & Papier Sketch Journal.
The company brochure says that it can take light washes. Here's what I have to say to that- more paint, less water gives a better result on this paper. Brighter colors with more definition. Water it down, and it doesn't look as good. It "washes out" if that makes sense. Colors get dull and you can't really mix them on the page. (Artist Grade Holbein & Daniel Smith paints tested.)
I wonder how this paper would do with gouache? (A highly pigmented almost opaque watercolor paint )
I also tried drawing with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II water soluble crayons and also Derwent Inktense pencils. Washed over them with a Niji waterbrush and it looked pretty good. (Though I might want to further test those products on this paper.)
All in all, the Kunst & Papier Sketch Journal is a pretty awesome book. Well made with great paper that's fountain pen friendly and acceptable of various kinds of art media.
Check them out! Once again: The Journal/Sketchbooks are not shown on the The Kunst & Papier website nor could I immediately find them at any of their US retailers.
If you are interested, I suggest calling them or e-mailing them for availability
See my previous review on the Kunst & Papier Pocket Book