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No one makes more beautiful sketchbooks than Paperblanks. The book I’m reviewing here is actually the Guest book version of their Grolier Ornamentali.
But it is the blank page version, the paper is smooth, high-quality and did I mention, the book is … just … gorgeous?
It’s so gorgeous, that I wanted to bring it to your attention, but I don’t plan to do my usual ‘destruction’ testing. As a guest book, the paper is formulated for people to write in with pen. I only intend to use it for pen and colored pencil. I don’t want to do anything to remove from the beauty of the book itself.
So, what is so beautiful about this book? Well, you’ve already seen the gorgeous Grolier Ornamentali cover, which the Paperblanks blurb describes as “marbled binding, enhanced with a thin sprinkling of gold dust and tooling “.
It also has Smythe-sewn binding, and a ridged spine.
But what I’ve been drooling over most is the book-edge printing!
I’ll admit, I’m only so-so about the clasp. It’s nicely made, but can get in the way when you’re drawing.
Series: Grolier Ornamentali
Hardcover: 144 pages
Paper wgt: 120 gsm
Satin ribbon marker (grandes have two)
Custom-designed laid paper
100% recycled binder boards
FSC-certified text paper
Threaded stitching and glue, as needed
Acid-free sustainable forest paper
Decorative printed cover paper
The Grolier Ornamentali is also available in Grande, Ultra, Midi and Mini size Journals.
So what about the paper?
The paper is thin, but sturdy with a surface that pulls the ink off your pen very nicely.
There is enough tooth to make it work well for colored pencil, though I don’t think it would hold up to a great number of layers or heavy burnishing.
Nonetheless, it is a pleasure to work in!
The Ornamentali was based off of a Jean Grolier design.