I've been using the hardbound...
December 13, 2015
I've been using the hardbound version of these books for the past couple of
years and they really grew on me!
-There IS a distinct smell when you first unwrap the books. It's an unpleasant,
chemical-type smell BUT it does dissipate. My first book took a few months to
stop smelling completely, and I took my second one out of its shrink wrap right
away so by the time I got to it it was scent-free. It wasn't too bothersome for
me, but fair warning for sensitive noses.
-The paper really is virtually bleed-proof! It resists soaking up wet media
(including markers) and even though the paper is fairly thin it can take a real
beating. The only time I ever bled through it was with heavy, heavy marker
doused in rubbing alcohol, and it only resulted in some specks on the next page.
-There is really no tooth to the paper at all. I work mainly in pen and ink so
this is a plus for me, and it does take/erase pencil nicely, but I wouldn't use
it for graphite-heavy stuff. Pencil grades end up looking pretty similar and
softer leads just smudge right off.
-Wet media WILL wrinkle the pages! Like I said, the paper is pretty thin and
soft compared to your conventional mixed-media sketchbook. I deal with it by
using a couple of paper clips. (I use the Midori P-51 ones)
In summary, I'm a huge convert to Rendr. They're great for pens and markers as
well as standing up to some of my crazier art supplies. I highly recommend it to
anyone who sketches with marker and mixed media on a regular basis.
As a bonus, these things are super expensive at my local art stores, so I'm glad
to see Jetpens carrying them! Definitely where I'll be getting mine in the
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