Confession: This is a product of my hoarder tendencies in action. See, I already have an art journal, a ream of practice paper, a calligraphy practice notebook, a mini-tower of a memo pad, 2 dotted notebooks, and an extra planner which I also use for calligraphy practice. That is already more than enough. That is, in fact, already too much. *cringe* But no, when I saw this available at the local National Bookstore, I just had to get myself one
or die of wanting.
Anywho. I first saw this in the Calligrafriends PH group page. Several members have posted their gorgeous works done in their Limelight sketch books. Out of curiosity, I looked for it the next time I went to NBS. I wasn’t expecting to find them there since I live in the
boondocks province and art supplies are still pretty much limited here. So I was really surprised to find several stocks, and in different colors to boot. I didn’t see the black one until my next visit though; it must have been buried under the other notebooks in the rack.
Fortunately for me (but unfortunately for NBS), there were already a couple of these that were out of their plastic covers. That way, I was able to assess the quality of the book for myself. Needless to say, I was pretty pleased with what I saw and felt and decided to get myself one. There are five (5) color combinations available:
The white one with black elastic band was really really pretty, but I felt like I would mess up the pristine cover in no time so I passed. I only really like red as an accent so a bright red sketch book is out of the question. My final choice was between the blue and the grey. I like them both, but in the end, the blue one’s bright yellow elastic closure won me over. 😉 Here are some more details of this lovely Limelight sketch book:
I have not tried using watercolor in it, but based on what I’ve seen at the group, it can handle some light washes. Anyway, I only dabble in a little watercolor when the mood hits so that’s good enough for me. But it handles sumi ink beautifully, which pleases me to no end since I intend to use this as a dedicated journal for my calligraphic pursuits (naks!). Same goes with the Tombow Fudenosuke soft tip. Curiously, feathering occurred when I used the Tombow Fudenosuke hard tip.
- The padded hard cover feels luxurious but feels like it would endure being toted around everywhere.
- The creamy blank pages are thick (100 gsm, I think) and really smooth.
- The pages can handle regular pens, gel pens, brush pens/markers, watercolor and sumi ink with very minimal ghosting and no bleeding (except for Tombow Fudenosuke).
- There’s a ribbon bookmark.
- The sturdy elastic enclosure band is a nice and contrasting color.
- There’s also a pocket at the back cover for tickets, receipts, stickers, etc.
- Considering those above, it’s actually priced more than reasonably at just Php 199.75 at National Bookstore.
- Bonus: This would also make a great bullet journal! 🙂
- Not fully compatible with Tombow Fudenosuke. Feathering occurs when using the hard tip. There’s some ghosting and almost-bleeding on the other side as well.
- Binder clips leave an imprint on the padded cover.
As stated in the Likes list, this sketch book may also be used as a BuJo. It’s perfect for that purpose as well, really. The only things missing (or not, depending on the preference) are the dots. Personally I’m wishing they’d make a dotted version of this sketch book/journal. That would be so awesome, definitely at par with the popular choices for BuJo’s, the Leuchtturm1917 and the Moleskine. The thicker pages of this sketch book would even put this ahead of those two. 😉
All in all, this is a pretty good option for a sketch book, even on the go. The hard cover provides ample support even just balanced on your knee while you do your urban sketching. The pages are also nice and protected when placed inside the bag. To sum it up, I love the Limelight sketch book, glitch with the soft Fudenosuke notwithstanding. ♥
P.S. How do you like my new handmade blog signature? 🙂