I always looked at these longingly at the art supply store and wondered if I could justify the expense. Then I “inherited” one from my daughter (who got it years ago from her uncle, but never really used it). Wow, my own Moleskine, and it’s one of the big ones (some odd size like 8.5 x 12 inches…maybe it’s metric). I opened to a clean page, dipped my pen in ink, and drew a few test lines.
Ugh. The ink bled like crazy.
So I get that Moleskins are cool. They are well-made, with nice binding and covers. They lie flat-ish…although not as flat as my spiral-bound sketchbooks. They’ve got that cool elastic that keeps them closed when not in use…because y’know my other sketchbooks just randomly pop open when no one’s watching. They’ve got a little accordion folder inside the back cover, so I can…ummm…tear out a page and stick it back there. Oh but the pages don’t have those nice little micro-perforations that make tearing out pages so easy. And the paper…well maybe it’s good for pencils or markers.
So I guess I don’t get it, after all. What am I missing?