I have been comparing, contrasting and most importantly using my sketchbooks and journals almost daily. I've started a new sketchbook a few days back, although I have a few others in use, for those moments I want to say something in words and images that is project driven. Spurred on by Roz' superstitions, and how these have occasionally worked against me, I am arting through the gut while using my head.
Here's an example:
In '01 I broke my wrist, and a tendon in my thumb. The torn tendon went undetected for weeks and in December of the same year I had surgery. Recently I have been experiencing a great deal of discomfort and pain in that hand and arm.
Instead of just thinking about it, I celebrated it with a journal page using an Exacompta Sketchbook.
The Exacompta Basics Sketch Book, described on the The Writers Bloc, contains heavy weight 100g paper. If you like to sketch using a fountain pen, this is the book for you! The off-white paper is pH neutral, made up of 25% cotton and has a bit of texture to it. The cotton fibers and a water mark can be seen when the paper is held up to the light. The binding is sewn so that no pages will fall out and the journal lays flat when open. The board cover is available in black with silver cloth binding and silver edging. Includes 100 sheets of blank paper and one ribbon marker. Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4". E9920.
Thus far I'd say this is a terrific sketchbook. It took watercolour washes, some heavy acrylic (not shown), Noodler's HoD fountain pen ink with a Safari, Slicci doodling and a plain ole pencil.
The sketchbooks run about $12.00 and can be bought at several online outlets: The Writers Bloc, Vickerey, Wetpaint Art, Swisher Pens and many others.