Notebook Review: Uglybooks

Notebook Review: Uglybooks

Review by Tina Koyama For years, I tried every pocket-sized notebook on the market, hoping to find one with paper that I could use for both writing and sketching with fountain pens, water-soluble colored pencils, brush pens and maybe even watercolors. Frustrated, I even made my own for a while. Eventually, instead of continually being…

Pencil Review: Midori MD Graphite

Pencil Review: Midori MD Graphite

Review by Tina Koyama I recently reviewed Midori MD Paper Products colored pencils in its very limited but lovely, understated palette. Midori also makes graphite pencils (6/$10) – equally sublime in their appearance and beautifully coordinated with other Midori stationery products. I was given the B grade for review, but I happen to have other…

Notebook Review: Paperblanks Sketchbook

Notebook Review: Paperblanks Sketchbook

After my successes with the Paperblanks blank notebooks in 100gsm & 120gsm I decided to try out the Paperblanks Arabica Sketchbook ($34.95) with 200gsm paper. Once the stickers are removed from the cover, the aged look and gold trim is much more evident. I like that it already looks weather beaten. Even with the gold, it…

Pen Review: Musgrave Duets

Pen Review: Musgrave Duets

Review by Tina Koyama Musgrave Pencil Co. of Shelbyville, Tennessee, is one of very few remaining pencil manufacturers in the US. Operating since 1916, it’s still family-owned. As such, I feel an affinity for the company’s history and heritage, though not always its products. For example, the gorgeous Tennessee Red pencils in their cedar box…

Ink Review: Wearingeul Twelfth Night

Ink Review: Wearingeul Twelfth Night

Special edition or limited edition inks are incredibly difficult for me to pass up. I recently saw an Instagram post from Atlas Stationers showing off their store exclusive ink from Wearingeul – a dusty pink ink with blue sparkle – and I ordered it immediately.   I have recently seen a few store exclusive inks…