There are some new sizes of moleskine sketchbooks and watercolour books available - in much better sizes for creative images. They are now doing A4 and A3 in both the sketchbook and watercolour books. At the moment they are on a special introductory offer. They call them Folio books.
I bought the A3 watercolour book. A3 for those unfamiliar with European paper sizes is equivalent to 2 sheets of computer letter paper side by side - about 15 inches across the landscape format page - so 30+ ins approx across a double page spread. A really nice size :>) A4 is computer letter paper sized at half A3.
I like the elastic band closure and robust construction of my moleskine sketchbook, so, thought this was worth trying out. The previous small size of the 'large' watercolour moleskine meant I had never bought one. I believe the paper is the same. This book has the same format and pocket in the back cover for odds and ends - another nice feature.
I've been playing with the water based media I'd be likely to use when sketching plein air to see how the paper behaves.
Watercolour and acrylic inks worked beautifully, flowing freely. Acrylic works on almost anything of course.
watercolour with a little coloured pencil over it in places, in moleskine watercolour sketchbook
I'm very pleased with it. It takes liquid media beautifully. The texture of the paper is a fine grain that doesn't intrude on my mark making.
Good with watercolour, acrylics, acrylic inks.
Good with coloured pencil, oil pastel and inktense when used over or with watercolour/acrylic/acrylic inks.
Good for not buckling, taking a reasonable amount of scratching and working.
Good with Charcoal, Pitt Pencils, charcoal pencils, Tombo double ended water soluble pens and pencil. (not shown here)
OK with watercolour pencils and inktense - though I feel they work even better on a hot pressed, smooth paper.
It is quite expensive!
Coloured pencil alone isn't wonderful with the paper, though it can be made to work reasonably well. Not a major problem as it doesn't claim to be suiitable for them. The dark image at the bottom of the whole page image is in coloured pencil.
The A4 and A4 moleskine Folio sketchbooks
The sketchbooks are also available in A4 and A3 sizes now. If I read it right on Amazon's description in the email advertising these, the paper is different in these larger books. I think that may be a mistake on moleskines part if so. The oily smooth surface of the usual moleskine sketchbooks is a unique surface. There are cheaper alternatives if the paper is simply cartridge paper. Their own site doesn't seem to describe any difference in paper - I wonder??? Does anyone know?
I would like a moleskine in A3 with the same paper as the books traditionally have for times when that smooth surface is exactly what I need.
You can see them here
Have you tried them? what do you think? Do you like these new larger sizes?