Friday, January 2, 2009

Review: Fabriano Quadrato Artist's Journal

Toys & tools of the trade

Fabriano Quadrato Artist's Journal in the upper right corner.

From the Blick site:

"This square version of Fabriano's famous Italian fine art journal consists of the most popular range of Ingres laid papers in beautiful neutral tones. Fabriano Quadrato is ideal for charcoal, pastel, pencil, and ink. Colors include Warm White, Hazel Brown, Ash, Felt Blue, Light Green, and Ivory. Each pad contains 96 acid-free pages. 90 gsm."

Book has an unfinished ribbon bookmark.

6x6" $16.82
9x9" $25.19

Fabriano Journals

The Quadrato is on the top, the multi-colored Artist's Journal in the middle, and the regular Artist's Journal on the bottom. Covers are a thick cardstock. This square Fabriano journal lies flat, but does not open flat.

Fountain Pen inks in a Fabriano Quadrato

It might be hard to tell from my scan, but this paper is pale green in color. Fountain pen nibs wrote true to size. No feathering, no spreading, no bleed through with any inks tested. Paper is mold made and laid, so there is a texture to the paper that's not unpleasant to write on. Laid texture is more pronounced on the reverse side of the paper.

Ink & Pencil Mandala

Mandala created with a Faber Castell Pitt Pen, then colored in with Prismacolor pencils. The pencils work very nicely on this paper. Nice depth from the laid texture.

Frustration Mandala

Mandala drawn with a fountain pen - I think it's a Pen & Ink brand EF pen filled with Private Reserve Arabian Rose Ink. Colored in with Prismacolor pencils.

Brush Pen Mandala

Mandala created with Faber Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pens. They work super smooth on this paper, and I experienced no bleed through.

Neocolor II Mandala

Mandala created with Caran d' Ache Neocolor II water soluble crayons. (I did not add water to this image) Neocolor II's are highly pigmented crayons that work great on all colors of paper - even black.

Pitt Pen Mandala

Mandala drawn with a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen. My favorite permanent drawing pen. (Non solvent based.)

Pitt Pen Mandala

Another mandala drawn with a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen.

Oopsie Watercolor Mandala

Again, it might be hard to tell, but this image was created on the beige colored paper. Artist grade watercolors applied with a Niji Waterbrush. Paper takes paints well, but the page will curl & eventually feel brittle. Close the book when dry and it will flatten out. Outlined (when dry) with a Faber Castell Pitt Pen.

Derwent Inktense Mandala

Lastly, this mandala was drawn with the Pitt pen, and then colored in with Derwent Inktense pencils. Water was applied with a Niji Waterbrush. Actual image is darker than scan shows. Paper again curled, but overall, it took the pencils/water quite well.

In closing, Fabriano makes wonderful paper that works well with so may different types of media. My only concern is that the flexible cardboard covers get kind of beat up looking over time. I wish they would create a longer lasting cover because these books are not inexpensive, and the quality of the paper is sure to lead you to creating some magnificent art. The cover should reflect the quality found therein. An elastic closure would knock this book out of the park.

Highly recommended.


Strikethru said...

I love the art in this post.

Biffybeans said...

Thank you very much!

Lianne said...

Thank you so much for this review! I recently ordered a Fabriano Artist Journal after hearing so many good things about it. Now I'm even more excited! :D

Biffybeans said...

No problem Lianne, I hope you enjoy it!

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