Friday, January 2, 2009

Review: Kunst & Papier Jumbo Soft-Covered Sketchbooks

Kunst & Papier Jumbo Softcover

From the Kunst & Papier Site:

Jumbo Soft-Covered Sketchbooks

"They feature durable sewn binding and offer strength and economy in five sizes and two colors. (blue & black) The archival quality 120 GSM paper is suitable for all dry and most wet media."

Each German made book has 64 wood/acid/chlorine-free off white pages.

Sizes available and pricing:

6.3" x 7.9" $9.95
6.3" x 3.9" $6.95
8.3" x 11.7" $14.85
8.3" x 7.9" $10.95
8.3" x 5.8" $9.75

Kunst & Papier Jumbo Softcover

6.3" x 3.9" (16x10cm) Jumbo Softcover book shown with large Red Moleskine for size comparison.

Kunst & Papier Jumbo Softcover

Sewn bindings. The cover is a thin cardstock and can be folding back behind the book while working - but that will eventually crease all pages.

The book kind of opens flat, at least for the right side page... There will be a hump if you use the left side of the page.

Kunst & Papier Jumbo Softcover

The paper has an odd texture to it. The best way for me to describe it is "squishy & fibrous." This means that the paper doesn't play nicely with my finest nibbed pens because it "catches" on the occasional fiber. Wider nibbed pens like the Medium nibbed Safari do much better on this paper.

I noticed that the reverse of the page is slightly less fibrous, but it's squishier.

Very minimal feathering, no real spreading, only the Midnight Blues pushed through a little bit on the reverse of the paper. Paper is absorbant, but ink still takes a few moments to dry. Inks show nice shading on this paper.

Not sure I'd use this book specifically as a journal or sketchbook for fountain pens.

Kunst & Papier Jumbo Softcover

But I sure shootin' would use it for colored pencil. I haven't been a big fan of colored pencils because I've yet to find a paper that I like using them on- until now...... Every Prismacolor pencil I grabbed to test on these two images worked so smooth on the paper. Like Butter.

Kunst & Papier Jumbo Softcover

Another doodle using Prismacolor colored pencils.

Kunst & Papier Jumbo Softcover

My Stabilo markers liked this paper as well. Slight bleedthrough.

Kunst & Papier Jumbo Softcover

Watercolor? Well... I'd only recommend light washes, or adding paint with little water. There is minimal buckling to the paper, but if you scrub the paper with the brush, it starts to crumble. (See last image for a close up of crumbling)

Kunst & Papier Jumbo Softcover

Doodle with Derwent Inktense pencils. (Though I am still trying to get a handle on how to use them.) Came out good - but where I wet the pencil and drew "wet into wet" there is bleedthrough.

Kunst & Papier Jumbo Softcover

Close-up of crumbling from repeated (though not excessive) washing over the same area.

In closing, I think this is a great all-media book. Worked best for me with the Prismacolor pencils.

Buy directly from the Kunst & Papier site,

Or see the Dealer List for a store near you.


Kate the Elder said...

Completely off-topic but I think you mentioned elsewhere on your blog that you hated how the Moleskine's ribbon bookmarks fray. I've found that dabbing a bit of nail polish on the end of the ribbon keeps it intact.

Biffybeans said...

Bingo! That would work!

jessicadoyle said...

I like your reviews :) I really like the drawings you did in pictures 6 and 7 using the prismacolour coloured pencils.

Happy New Year Stephanie!

Biffybeans said...

Thank you Jessica! Happy New Year to you as well!

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