Monday, December 7th, 2009

Users Review The Exacompta Sketchbook – Is it THE Ultimate Art Journal?

Stephanie

SV Exacompta Sketch 2

Image courtesy of Sophie @ All Rights Reserved

As Karen mentioned in Thursday’s blog post, Exaclair imports a number of products under the Clairefontaine umbrella – including the Exacompta Sketchbook shown above. Also known as the Livres d’Or “Basics” line of journals, they contain a 100g laid paper made at the 400 year old Schut Mill (owned by Clairefontaine) in the Netherlands. 

JA Exacompta Sketch

Image courtesy of Cynthia from JournalingArts @ All Rights Reserved

Product Specs for the Livres d’Or “Basics” Journals and Sketchbook:

  • Available tan cover w/  gold edge or black  w/ silver edge
  • Cloth binding to match cover – gray or brown
  • Flexible textured hardboard covers
  • Sewn binding (It opens & lies flat!)
  • 100 sheets (200 pages) of 25% cotton, pH neutral, 100g off white paper
  • Ribbon marker

SV Exacompta Sketch

Image of Exacompta Sketch Journal courtesy of Sophie @ All Rights Reserved

Several people, (myself included) have put this book through a plethora of tests to see what kind of media this paper might readily accept.

It is without a doubt suitable for fountain pens & the water based fountain pen inks that are often problematic on some papers.  This is a laid paper (a type of paper having a ribbed texture imparted by the manufacturing process) and the texture is slightly more prominent on one side of the paper than the other. (Similar to the G. Lalo Verge products and other fine quality writing papers.)

As the paper has a slight tooth on either side of the page, this makes it quite suitable for pencil use – for both writing and sketching.

BB Exacompta Sketch

Image courtesy of Stephanie Smith from biffybeans.com @ All Rights Reserved

The image above shows a close up of the laid lines. (Art work was created horizontally as the lines in the book run vertically.)

LSS EXacompta Sketch

Image courtesy of Alberto from Lung Sketching Scrolls @ All Rights Reserved

In the above image, Alberto shows how versatile the paper is for use with a number of different brush pens.

BB Exacompta Sketch 2

Image courtesy of Stephanie Smith from biffybeans.com @ All Rights Reserved

And I am showing it’s versatility with a wash created by using a combination of  watersoluble crayons with  a waterbrush. Colors are vibrant on this paper, and it takes such washes very well.

Take a look through these 4 reviews to see even more images of the sketchbook in use with additional kinds of art supplies such as acrylic paint and watercolor pencils.

Exacompta Sketchbook & Lined Journal on Spiritual Evolotion of the Bean

Exacompta Sketchbook on Lung Sketching Scrolls

Exacompta Sketchbook on For Love and Idleness

Exacompta Sketchbook on JournalingArts

The best thing about these books- aside from how versatile they can be as an art journal, is that they retail for around $12. ($20 with a Maderia cover)

Visit the Exaclair Website for information on where to find the Exacompta Sketchbooks & Journals.


16 thoughts on “Users Review The Exacompta Sketchbook – Is it THE Ultimate Art Journal?

  1. Nope I dont think so, that’s what’s weird. I even mailed exacompta.com asking for european sources and think it was forwarded to Exaclair at a glance who gave me this link: http://exaclair2.com/show_stores.php?id=425

    And going by this it seems it is solely produced as an export product to america (it ought to be available in the homeland of production if it was pushed all over europe):

    http://www.exacompta.com/en/catalogue/fournitures_exacompta.php?ssf=ap601

    http://www.exacompta.com/pdf_en/exp106.pdf

    Maybe someday.

  2. Nope I dont think so, that’s what’s weird. I even mailed exacompta.com asking for european sources and think it was forwarded to Exaclair at a glance who gave me this link: http://exaclair2.com/show_stores.php?id=425

    And going by this it seems it is solely produced as an export product to america (it ought to be available in the homeland of production if it was pushed all over europe):

    http://www.exacompta.com/en/catalogue/fournitures_exacompta.php?ssf=ap601

    http://www.exacompta.com/pdf_en/exp106.pdf

    Maybe someday.

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