Denik believes that “Art can change the world,” and they back up that belief by donating a portion of each notebook, journal, and sketchbook sale to help build schools all over the globe. How cool is that?
The highlight of Denik’s offerings, in my mind at least, are the notebook covers created by some of the top artists in the world today. As a Juxtapoz magazine subscriber I saw the collaboration created with Greg “Craola” Simkins a few months ago, and when I was picking out what notebooks to review I of course had to grab one by my man Ben Kwok.
I didn’t count, but there have to be a dozen or so artists represented, with covers in many different styles to suit your style.
As I mentioned earlier, the notebook I chose to review is the Kraft Ornate Elephant Lined Softcover notebook. It runs 5.25” x 8.25” in size, and contains 150 pages of lined, 75% recycled paper. The details don’t list paper weight specifically, but it feels similar to a 60# page.
How paper acts with fountain pen inks is always a focus of mine, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with the paper in this notebook. There was little to no feathering or bleed with my widest fountain pens, although there was some ghosting. Still, that’s impressive when there were really no thoughts of it being fountain pen friendly.
The paper has a little tooth to it as well, making it nice for pencils and drawing pens. Gel, ballpoint, and rollerball had no issues to speak of either, although wet rollerballs will have ghosting similar to fountain pens. All in all, its a very solid performance that exceeded my expectations.
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