I love when Ana travels the country going to pen shows because she usually brings home some fun items for me to review. After the recent St. Louis Pen Show, she brought me more paper goodies to play with. The first is the Colorverse Nebula Casual Notebook ($15-16.50).
I always find it interesting when ink companies venture into paper products. Obviously they are highly complementary, but creating ink seems like such a different process than creating paper/notebook offerings. But I recently looked at some of the Wearingeul products as well so maybe I’m just behind the times?
The Casual Notebook is just what it says – a casual notebook. It’s A5 size, measuring 5.75″ x 8.25″ (14.5 cm x 21 cm). The covers (front and back) are cardstock and come in a variety of colors (baby pink, orange, dark navy, black, turquoise and oil green) with a few small foil details. Inside the notebook has 60 sheets (120 pages) of 90gsm white paper. The paper can be plain/blank, ruled or dotted and is perforated with easy tear sheets.
So how does the paper stack up? I’d say it’s pretty good. It’s an odd mix of fairly smooth, but also a little toothy. I know that sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? The ink goes down smoothly and dries fairly quickly. I did a smear test and only hit the last few words immediately. I tested a variety of pens (sadly I have very few M and B nibs – I need to work on that!), and even an ink swatch and only the Sharpie bled through. The paper is fairly wrinkled from the ink so I’d say this isn’t one for ink wash/watercolor, though nothing bled through!
Overall I thought this was a nice notebook, although I’m not sure it’s a standout to me. Have you tried Colorverse Nebula Casual Notebooks? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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