This is not your average journal. Made for artists the Fabriano Artist’s Journal does well with a variety of media. But does it play well with fountain pens and inks?
Fabriano Artist’s Journal Ink Test
The paper has some tooth but it still works well with most nibs and every ink loved it. There was absolutely no bleed through or show through. With a tiny bit of encouragement, the journal will lie flat and has a simple ribbon bookmark for those of us who get lost in our work. With 192 pages of Ingres drawing paper, there is a lot of surface area for whatever thrills you. Because the paper is heavy, the overall depth of the journal is a full inch even with the slim cardboard cover. For some people this will be awfully thick for comfortable writing but I love the quality enough to work around that issue. My doodles fit fine in the 5″ x 7″ size but the 7″ x 9″ might be better for a real artist.
The Fabriano Artist’s Journal is not as easy to find as a Moleskine but there are online sources. Dick Blick has a few but a search produced several other sources as well. Prices vary but there are good deals for the budget conscious.
If your only interest is writing, the Fabriano might not be a great fit. But if you like to doodle, draw or add a little art to your writing, this could be a great journal for your arsenal.
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