Test drivePosted: May 7, 2014
I chose a familiar subject — the tree I see from my kitchen window — to test out the paper in the new Moleskine Art Plus sketchbook (label pictured below). I had alluded in an early post to being skeptical about this Art Plus series of books. Is it a new paper or just a redesign of the label highlighting the existing features? I suspect there are those who research more than I do, and already know the answer to this, but it is indeed a new paper. The label reads cold-pressed on both sides of the page and 135 lb stock.
I started my test by drawing with a pencil on what I realized immediately was a more textured paper. Definitely not the same surface as before. Then I added some watercolour to see how the paper takes the paint. Maybe it was just the way I mixed my washes today but the paint surface seems really flat and the colour more dull than usual. So dull, in fact, that I had to add an ink line when it dried to punch everything up. It could also be that lately I’ve been using better quality paper and I have become accustomed to 100% cotton rag content, so I’ll have to do a few more tests. The jury is still out on this one.