Hand*book journal Co

March 30, 2007


How’s this for coincidence? Some one just handed me a box from Dickblick, as I was looking at the post on notebookism about the very same product! I’m so excited to try this pocket portrait. The size is 5.5″ x 3.5″ same as the pocket Moleskine. It is thicker the the Mole. I really like the proportions of this book. It has an bright orange ribbon bookmark. The Ultramarine blue cloth cover is very sturdy. What is unique is the textured pattern binding band. Clearly, this is very similar to the Moleskine. But I think that Hand*book has improved upon the basic idea. The binding band doesn’t look like it came from some undergarment. And Hand*book has made a variety of size in both portrait and landscape. Clearly Hand*book has created a line of watercolor books that are very useful for the artist who wants to pack up and go out for a watercolor or any other medium sketch. Oh I forgot to mention one important factor. Because the Moleskine’s paper has a manila tone, the eraser marks can show up. In the white pages of Hand*book, you won’t have that problem. The spine is much stronger then the Moleskine.

hand*book is manufactured & distributed by GLOBAL ART MATERIALS, INC. Kansas City, MO.


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10 Responses to “Hand*book journal Co”

  1. GrannyKass Says:

    Nice to see you like this notebook. Did you see the review of it I wrote for Notebookism?


    I think they are very nice alternatives to Moleskine. I have lost my affection for any part of the notebook except the black cover.

    Good Day for you,
    Kass Speerly @ Facebook.

  2. ducly Says:

    Hi Kass,
    Thank you for your link to Notebookism! I haven’t seen it. But now I will surely look at the extensive review that you did!

  3. Ryan Loghry Says:

    I’ve used a couple of the landscape format, and really like them. I use them exclusively for pencil drawing, and find the paper to be of excellent quality. I carry them to work every day, and they hold up very well to everyday use.

    Thanks for your post, it helped me to find these online. My local art store is out of them.

  4. gar geraths Says:

    I would highly recommend these for the durable well made binding, layout and certainly for the quality of the paper. I took along a couple ( wish I had a couple more!!) on a 3 week rafting and kayaking trip down 300 miles of the Colorado river. I between rowing I sketched in and out of the rafts, even sketching will going down some pretty healthy rapids.

    though I would try to cover them up under the dry bags many times they would be soaked or i would find them floating in the wash over in the boat. I would just put them out in the sun for a few minutes, they would dry out almost flat (thats the part I couldnt beleive) and i would start sketching again. The paper took pencil great even when the pages were damp.

    Not pimping the site but I had a website made with 90% of the sketches shown. Its http://www.garygerathsjournal.com and you can see them at the original 3×5 inch size or blow them up for detail. best little sketchbooks Ive ever run into.

  5. 3x5er Says:

    I love these HandBook sketchbooks, I’ve filled almost 2 whole ones already.

  6. RaiulBaztepo Says:

    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  7. That looks really fun to write in. I’ll have to get one for myself.

  8. Jennifer Says:

    Hand*books are absolutely the Best.Notebooks.Ever.
    Hands down!
    I love them!!

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