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A Peek at the Shinola Sketchbook

June 17, 2016

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Above: Sketch of fashion designer Chris March using the Pentel Brush Pen (soft body) with pigment ink in a Shinola Sketchbook.

Today's post is just a peek at the Shinola Sketchbook. (Yes, I bought mine at Wet Paint in St. Paul.)

Originally I saw a NOTEBOOK from Shinola and thought that it would work for Dick's notebook (engineers have lots of things to write down, especially when they work on patents). While he liked the paper in the NOTEBOOK and found that the ink from his fountain pens (Noodler's, Platinum Carbon Black, and some others) didn't bleed through—he felt the paper was rougher in texture than he likes. (He likes a plate smooth paper.)

I ordered a couple SKETCHBOOKS to try out. He wrote one line in the sketchbook and said "Nope." It definitely was too toothy.

But I looked at that sketchbook and started thinking about its heavier weight paper.

I'm still experimenting in it so I can't do a full review today, but I wanted to let you know one thing—the Shinola Sketchbook loves is the Pentel Brush Pen!

It doesn't matter if you are using the pigmented Pentel Brush pen (either the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen or the squeezy type of brush pen they make with pigment ink) as in the opening image, or if you use the dye-based, water soluble brush pen ink, as in the end image. The paper just loves the brush pen's bold line.

There's just enough drag from the tooth of the paper that you can determine how quirky and textured a brush line you want. Yet the paper is smooth enough to make it fun to quickly move the brush pen over the surface of the paper.

I'll have more about this sketchbook in a couple weeks with a detailed review of the pros and cons.

Below: Quick sketches of actors on a TV show, made using a dye-based, water soluble Pentel Brush Pen, in a Shinola Sketchbook.

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