review: art alternatives sketchbook

318IMG_2459I write a whole lot. I don’t really need anything special—just something with nice enough paper that I can use all my pens with (since I use fountain pens and inks a lot), and can handle a smattering of glue every once in a while. And it can’t be too pricey, otherwise I’d feel bad using it.

I write a whole lot. I don’t really need anything special—just something with nice enough paper that I can use all my pens with (since I use fountain pens and inks a lot), and can handle a smattering of glue every once in a while. And it can’t be too pricey, otherwise I’d feel bad using it.

So when I found these Art Alternatives sketchbooks, I was really, really pleased. They’re pretty much exactly what I’m looking for. They have a simple, black cover that I immediately decorated with about a million stickers (RedBubble, GetGlue, straight from the artist, and from a copy of Exit Through the Gift Shop I received for my birthday). I love stickers like you wouldn’t believe. They’re also cheap–I bought mine off eBay from Street Smart for about 8 dollars, including shipping.

And they’re great quality.

Scan1No issues with ballpoints or pencils, obviously. Feathering is exceptionally minimal with fountain pen inks—you’ll get tiny spots of it sometimes, generally where your fingers have left behind little gross patches of oil. I suspect that as long as you wash your hands, you’ll be fine.

Scan2See-through is pretty light—since this was a free sheet I passed through my light-emitting scanner, see-through looks a bit more exaggerated. And bleedthrough is practically nonexistent, even with wet writers like the Lamy Joy. You’ll only have issues with permanent or alcohol-based markers, like Sharpies and Copics, probably.

I’ve owned this sketchbook for a few months. It has gone with me to a lot of places—it has been thrown in my backpack, my camera bag, toted around my house. The binding doesn’t always stay straight and the bottom left edge (the side with the binding) is a bit blunted. Other than that, this sketchbook pretty much looks new.

If you’re like me and you’re looking for a great sketchbook at a great price, I would wholeheartedly suggest this bad boy. I’m about a third of the way through and I love it. I write as often as I can (which, if I’m lucky, is about twice a week nowadays—classes got me hard this semester) and the quality of this sketchbook makes me want to write more.

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