In a creative journey, it is best to be accompanied by a journal that suits your lifestyle. Here, we talk about Paper Notes journal. This is not just a review but a story to tell.
The Paper Notes Journal Experience
As a creative, I have been trying various journals throughout my journey. I have to satisfy the need of having the right paper to write on and the right size for a journal so I could just bring it anywhere. I remember the time that I would always lurk around the journal section in bookstores or any stationery stores. Then, I feel the paper it has and I see if it is really for me.
Ever since I got into calligraphy more, the need to find the right paper and pen combination is very important for me. It is very important to check if the paper can withstand the ink of the pen you are using.
For pointed pen users, it is best to use a thicker and smoother paper. Textured paper is a big no since it can disrupt the flow of the ink and your movement as you practice. Plus, it can also damage your nib if your movement is wrong! We don’t want that, right?
Brush and brush pen users need a thicker paper. The intensity of the ink varies on how heavy the pressure they are applying. We do not want so many paper trash in this age, right?
About Paper Notes
The genies behind Paper Notes conceived the brand by 2013. They saw and found the need to use and provide quality notebooks at an affordable price. Their team carefully studied the market and the manufacturing end.
The outcome of their research helped them in their decision-making process. They see the chance to provide competitive notebook products at a mid-level price that would be accessible to students and professionals alike.
Back in the latter part of 2013, their Classic Series #1 was born. It has ruled pages with six (6) different colors.
During the second wave which was late 2016, Series #2 was brought to life. Blank and ruled pages are presented to the public with 10 different colors.
It was during this series that they started personalizing and customizing their notebooks. In turn, people are satisfied with this new service of theirs.
Fast forward to 2017, their Gold line was introduced. It was still under Series #2.
This 2018, they are now with their Series #3. Their notebooks are now available in 12 different colors. You can choose the sizes if it’s A5 or A6 as well as the kind of pages it will have. Choices are blank, ruled, and dotted.
A5 dotted is already sold out. Yet, they are looking forward to restocking by the start of the Ber months. Also, they are still open for personalization of all their products.
Trying the Journal
We take turns in trying out the journal based on the crafts that we do.
The journal they sent us is an A5 journal with blank pages. Its pages are of 100 GSM which is already strong enough for the common brush pens, inks, and other tools of the trade.
Photo: Gjenisa’s watercolor works (left). Kristine’s brush calligraphy work (right).
Kristine took it home first and tried it with her brush calligraphy. She uses Marvy Uchida Le Plume II pens as her go-to tools for her craft.
When the journal was with her, she specifically compliments the journal to be lightweight and easy to carry around.
My favorite thing about their A5 blank journal is that it can withstand the ink of the brush pens I mostly use. It does not blot or bleed on to the next page. However, it would also depend on the intensity and pressure of the writer or artist also. I love when the personalization service they have. Surely, this is one of the best gifts there is for an aspiring artist like me.
That’s her honest opinion about the journal.
Gjen was the second person to try it out. Her favorite tools of the trade are watercolor and her brushes. She loves to play with colors and to find more eco-friendly tools to help her with her craft.
Her latest piece of advice to aspiring artists is to cut a part of an old clothing and use it as a wash cloth for the brushes. Others use tissue and it’s sad to use a lot. She repurposes her old pants into wash close for the watercolor.
This journal itself is very nice and friendly to artists like us. Initially, I thought it would not hold the water and the watercolor. It got me thinking if this will be a good journal for my craft. Once I got into practising, it was a great experience! The paper curved a little but it was strong enough to hold the watercolor. However, it may not be strong enough for the techniques like wet on wet. That would require a thicker paper. But for journaling with small watercolor artworks, this is a great companion!
From the colorful crafts of Gjenisa and Kristine, we now converse with Christian. Initially, he hesitated to try the journal since he says he still has another journal to use. However, we were persistent in talking him out to trying it.
So here’s his sample art and his review about the journal.
With the use of an ordinary pen, he draws this magnificent artwork entitled, Stare.
I guess that this journal is friendly even with the ballpen. It is portable and easy to carry around especially for me since I travel back and forth from work then to school (currently taking up my master’s degree). Owning a Paper Notes Journal is like having a best friend who is with you always.
One of the doodlers in the team, Adam’s doodles have already made an impact. It has been seen as something relaxing and soothing to the eyes.
His art is influenced by Kerby Rosanes and other doodlers.
When asked about his experience with the journal, he recounts.
The same goes for me when it comes to the journal. Christian shared and almost stole all of the thoughts I have. I easily am captivated with the simplicity of its cover as well as its texture. It suits artists who are very passionate with their craft. Since I used a ballpen for my artwork, I admire that it did not show much imprint on the other side. The creators really thought of us when they conceived this. Not everyone is blessed with resources to buy the expensive tools.
A designer and artist by nature, Sam is one of those who are quite reserved when it comes to their thoughts. His thoughts were quite short but his artwork is magnificent.
The journal is simple and great to illustrate on. My go-to tools which include Sakura Koi brush pens, drawing pens from Sakura and Marvy Uchida, and some Copic markers. These vary in their ink composition so my worry was if they will bleed onto the next page. I apply different kinds of pressure especially when I’m illustrating and coloring. Good thing, the paper withstands the ink coming from the pens I use. I’m really looking forward to owning my very own Paper Notes journal! Their minimalist vibe really got me.
Each and everyone of us love the journal from Paper Notes! We recommend it to anyone who is looking for their own journal or notebook.
It is lightweight, easy to carry, and has a minimalist vibe. So, it will never give a loud impression wherever you may be. As they say, it is really affordable!
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Disclaimer: They sent us an A5 blank journal. All opinions are ours.