A while back, I responded to a friend who asked, ‘What is your favorite small notebook + pen combo for sketching ideas?’
Back then, I was using a Moleskine pocket journal and Sakura Micron pen. Last weekend in a small shop in Los Angeles I found my new favorite, the WritersBlok Bamboo Small Notebook.
I now prefer this to the Moleskin because of the dimensions. (Sorry Moleskine fans!) Its 1cm more narrow and short. It doesn’t jut out of my pocket when I sit down, like with a Moleskin. The smaller page size is great, it continues to train me to be more concise.
It also has 20% more pages than the Moleskin, without being bulky in your pocket. This allows a greater density of ideas per notepad, and helps make more connections when you take some time out to revisit your journals and pay attention to what you pay attention to.
They even have a great philosophy, despite the limited focus on using a journal solely for writing, and not sketching: “Writing is good exercise. It’s good for the mind in the same way that riding a bike is good for your legs.” Insert drawing as you see fit.
As for my pen, that’s changed too. I started relying on the Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen. It doesn’t dry out as quickly as the Sakura’s, and has a much sturdier feel. After all, they are made in Germany.
What are you working with these days?
Are you using a pocket journal, or keeping a larger sketchbook like Amy does?
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