"I’ve been writing in journals for the last 22 years but for the last 6
years I’ve been addicted to the little black book. I started out with
the sketchbook as a second journal to keep sketches and drawings. One
day in a pinch I switched to using it as a journal and have never
looked back. With the exception of trying out the Miquelrius for a
short period of time I have been a true user since. The only other
deviations I have made have been trying the various sizes of the
Moleskine plain sketchbook and un-ruled book. Prior to that I used the
standard Canson sketchbooks in the 5×7 and 4×5 formats. No sketchbook
or notebook that I have used so far is as good as any of the
Moleskines. the quality of the paper, the thickness and tooth are
perfect and just work for me.
A new Moleskine watercolor book
arrived in the mail today. I now have three different versions in my
briefcase, a blank pocket notebook, a blank reporter’s notebook, and
now the watercolor book.
So you ask, why would you need three?
I’m going to Tahiti at the end of June so here are my reasons:
Blank Pocket Journal
I normally use the Blank Pocket journal, I have just filled up my last journal and I was in need of another one.
I have covered a story I have used the standard issue J-school, spiral
bound, blue-ruled, 4×8 Sparco reporter’s notebook. On my next trip
that we are taking I would like to take a few notes about some local
industries there in Tahiti and write an article or two for submission.
I like to keep my reporter’s notes separate from my personal notes and
observations. After an article has been submitted for publication I
like to they keep the notes filed with the story for later reference.
traveling or just out and about I take my Windsor & Newton pocket
watercolor set with me. Finding a watercolor book equally as small has
not been easy. As other have already observed the sketchbooks is not
suited for watercolor work. The current book that Arches 8×16 book
that I have is too large. The new Moleskine looks just right. Plus
you can tear out the pages after making a sketch, slap a stamp on the
back and presto! instant post card. I know that there will be a moment
out there in the beach or on the deck of the over-water bungalow where
I can capture the moment in watercolor.
Yes, my Moleskine(s) is my obsession, but they now make a different one for each of my needs."
[Photo courtesy of the author]
Looks like our friends in Russia can now get Moleskine in the area: Organiser.ru