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Moleskine Journals

From the 2-Part Series “Choosing a Journal for Penwork” by Sandra Strait.

Moleskine Pocket Sketch Notebook“The Moleskine is the journal of journals. It comes in both softcover and hardcover, and there is a version for almost any journaling experience you might want to have. Look for the word ‘sketch’ when buying one to use with pen.

Moleskine Cahier [kaa yáy] Notebooks come in three softcover sizes, 3.5″ x 5.5″ –64 pages, 5″ x 8.25″ — 80 pages and 7.5″ x 9.75″ –120 pages. The paper is smooth and thin but sturdy. A great choice for beginners or travelers.

The hardcover Moleskine Pocket Sketch notebook comes in two sizes, the 3.5″ x 5.5″ –192 page, and the 5.25″ x 8.25″ –240 page. The cover is deceitfully plain with an elastic band. The paper is a joy to work on, a thin, off-white cardstock that gives you a clean, crisp line. There are millions (well, maybe hundreds) of Flickr, Yahoo and other groups devoted to Moleskine, so this is your journal if you are looking for an experience you can share.

The Moleskine Japanese Album is awesome. Hard covered, it comes in two sizes, 3.5″ x 5.5″–60 pages and 5″ x 8.25″–48 pages. This is an accordion book, and you can stretch out the entire book into one long page. There are several groups who swap these journals. Each person illustrates 3-5 pages and then sends it on to the next artist until it comes back to the original owner. The paper is the same as you find in the sketchbook. You will need a stable surface, because the accordion structure is a bit awkward to work with. They’re a whole lot of fun, though.”

Find Moleskine Journals on Amazon

Some of the journals Sandra recommends are not available online, so make good notes about the ones that interest you so that when you visit your favorite art supply dealer you know exactly what you are looking for.

These are the Moleskine Journals I was able to find on Amazon, in addition to the separate page in this section on the Moleskine WATERCOLOR Journal.

Be sure to read Sandra’s entire article here. She shares a wealth of knowledge and valuable experience about choosing a journal for penwork.

Share your tips

Please feel free to share your experience with these Moleskine Journals in the comments.

4 comments to Moleskine Journals

  • Marcia Truslow

    I LOVE Moleskine journals! I have a pocket size and medium size that are easy to carry with me. I also just purchased a Moleskine Storyboard journal (medium size) that is perfect for stepping out the patterns. There are 4 boxes on the outside edges of the pages with plenty of room on the inside of each page to write directions or comments. I will often use just 2 of the boxes to step out a pattern, using 2-3 different color pens showing several steps in one box. My final, finished pattern is put on the inside, under the comments. That way I can have 2 patterns on each page and it is incredibly easy to just flip through the pages to find a pattern of choice. The pages are the same heavier weight as the blank page journals.

  • I love the idea to use the Moleskine storyboard journals to illustrate patterns for reference Marcia. That’s brilliant! I’ve started using Moleskine notebooks some years ago and am totally hooked on them. I always have a few on the go and use them for tangling and journaling. Just love the creamy colour of the paper and the texture of the sketchbooks is ideal for tangling. Just bought one of those Japanese Albums to build a really, really long zentangle but love the idea of a collaborative tangle. Will just have to buy another one to get one of those started. Love your website Linda. Only just came across it & already picked up so many tips. Very, very inspiring. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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