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#1 ClassicHippie

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 04:44

I was at a local art supply store today and spotted this set of seven notebooks, the Fabriano Bouquet. Each contains a different paper: velvety, parchment, embossed, laid, ecological, natural, and felt marked. I bought it because I wanted to try some different paper and it's just such a stunning set. They come in a gorgeous rainbow of colors and each is labeled on the heavy, textured cover. The pages are glued in (which makes them slightly removable, especially at the front and back), but they're not unsecured enough to fall out. Each notebook is 4"x 5.5".The set of seven was just over $20.
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I've written with several pens in order in each of the notebooks for comparison. As I'm sure you can tell, I've been working my way through some Iroshizuku samples, so that's the large majority of the writing samples.

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The first three notebooks are bright white and others are ivory.
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This card came with the set and details the paper in each notebook.
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The red notebook is Velvety. It's very simliar to Clairefontaine paper.
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The orange notebook is Parchment paper. I've never written on paper like this before and it was odd at first, but produces a rather cool effect. The Iroshizuku inks came out normally, but the Aurora didn't really "stick" to the paper. I'm not sure if it was the ink or the pen. I'll try the paper again with another brand later and see if it's the same.
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This shows the transparency of the paper. It was written on the last page of the notebook.
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This is with a piece of white paper under the page.
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The yellow notebook is Embossed paper. It has a different texture, but is a nice weight and quality.
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The light green notebook is Laid paper, very similar to G. Lalo Verge de France.
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The dark green notebook is Ecological paper. It's recycled and has small flecks of the fibers common in these types of paper.
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The light blue notebook is Natural paper.
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The dark blue notebook is Felt Marked. It's pretty heavy with a lot of texture.
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These are the pens used in the writing samples.
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I think some of these notebooks are more usable in the traditional sense, but it's nice to have a large, bound variety of paper to test different pens and inks on before buying/using full sheets. The covers definitely caught my eye first and the paper kept me around for more. I'd recommend them :happyberet:

Edited by ClassicHippie, 26 March 2011 - 04:50.


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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:43

What a great looking set, especially for the price. Will keep an eye out for them and hope to pick thm up online. Thanks for the great review.
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Posted 26 March 2011 - 07:03

This is a wonderful review! I'm going to move it to the "Paper & Pen Paraphernalia Reviews and Articles" topic AND leave a link here so visitors to both topics are sure to find it. Thanks much for posting!

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 07:07

This is a wonderful review! I'm going to move it to the "Paper & Pen Paraphernalia Reviews and Articles" topic AND leave a link here so visitors to both topics are sure to find it. Thanks much for posting!

Doug

I totally forgot about that section. Thanks!

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:56

Thanks for this fantastic review. :thumbup:

I am a fan of Fabriano paper, I use the standard squared glued notebooks when I need just standard paper for the office.
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Posted 26 March 2011 - 11:27

Awesome notebooks,are they available online?

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 12:45

Thank you for finding a unique new product,
AND for taking the time to test each type of paper, demonstrating different pens and inks with very, very nice photos.
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Posted 26 March 2011 - 13:01

Thank you for a great review! I use Fabriano paper for my art work, in 140 lb or 300 lb cold press (ordered online) ... great paper! There's an art store in the "big city", so I'll have to see if they carry it.
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Posted 26 March 2011 - 13:56

Fabriano is the supplier of the paper used to print Euro banknotes and other currencies ;) they have a long tradition in paper. Fabriano is the name of a town in the center of Italy, where the business started.

Those are the pads that I use for my daily office writing:
http://www.fabriano....cological_paper

You can find the contact details for your country here (no affiliation):

http://www.fabriano....64/distributors

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 18:28

I think some of these notebooks are more usable in the traditional sense, but it's nice to have a large, bound variety of paper to test different pens and inks on before buying/using full sheets. The covers definitely caught my eye first and the paper kept me around for more. I'd recommend them :happyberet:



Lovely paper and a very nice review! Thanks for the eye candy!

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 19:48

Thank you - I've seen these in Shepherd and Falkiner and in Green and Stone in London. I didn't really have a use for them - I seem to fill a Moleskine every two years - but I wanted to buy them because they looked so handsome.

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 17:58

I buy a lot of stuff from Jerrys Art Arama. No affiliation, just a satisfied customer. They have Fabriano Bouquet Notebooks sets like this. Use the search function on their site. IIRC the set is about $23.00. Jim

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 06:38

I'm glad you guys liked the review and the notebooks. After I get through the Iroshizuku ink samples (which probably won't be a while because I got one of each!) I'll update the writing samples with other ink brands. The actual paper content seems fairly similar to other high end brands offering the same types of paper, so I would imagine the inks would perform somewhat the same. I'm researching making a light box to improve my photography also.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 19:13

Very nice review.

Now if I can just get my hands on some of those.....
All I want is 1 more pen, and 1 more bottle of ink, and maybe 1 more pad of paper. Well, at least until tomorrow. Oh yeah, and throw in that bottle of single malt. Is that asking for too much?

thanks Chris.

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 21:52

Thanks, an excellent job of reviewing papers.

I have used Fabriano papers (in large sheets) for 19th century photographic processes for nearly 30 years. Their quality is excellent and consistent.

Now I'll have to look for these notebooks.
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next fountain pen: Montblanc 146 circa 1990
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Posted 05 April 2011 - 12:51

Fabriano paper is really wonderful. It's an exquisite pleasure writing with fountain pens on this paper.

Here you can take a look to the Fabriano Boutique production that, I think, all of you will appreciate.
Take a look also to the store locations, maybe you are close to one of them without knowing it.

#17 ClassicHippie

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 00:53

Unfortunately the only US locations are clear across the country in New York City. I'll look more online and see if I can find a retailer. Thanks!

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 01:29

Jerry's Artarama carries these. I know that they have stores in Colorado and Arizona, but I don't know about California. They do have an online shop, and you might check there.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 19:15

What a wonderful review, very informative and helpful. I'm very late to this topic however I see that
this brand of notebooks is being advertised at DeSerres(Toronto, Canada) as a new product at their stores.
I knew The Network would offer the best information.
Thanks very much again for this excellent review.

Update: I was mistaken. I visited today and found that the Fabriano notebooks available at this art supply store do not include the Bouquet collection of notebooks. Sorry.

Edited by PenguinPaper, 04 May 2012 - 19:02.


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 21:39

Source for the Bouquet Notebook Set by Fabriano.
Picked up a Fabriano sketchbook, 6" x 8 1/2" approx, at a Book Store on a small Island off the coast of British Columbia. Wonderful paper, and it made me curious about other products offered by Fabriano.
Found this outlet:
Anybody have experience with this company? Jenni Bick Bookbinding carries a lot of my favorite products.

http://www.jennibick...ketchbooks.html

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 17:53

This very helpful review sent me off in search of the bouquet today (fortunately there's a Fabriano Boutique in the centre of Rome), and I'm very happy with the purchase. I tried out two of the papers in store (the staff was helpful), and I also got a docking notebook, a set of four notebooks that can be slotted together, made with a laid paper that's slightly heavier (90 g/sqm) than that found in the bouquet set. Once I try out the docking notebooks I may post a review too.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 18:12

One of my favorite reviews! Took something I didn't even know existed, explained and demonstrated it and now I want it! Is this a great site or what?
and BTW, Amazon has this set!
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 19:30

http://www.artifolk....otebook_set.htm

UK website for these notebooks. They look really cute. I don't need anymore notebooks but...I guess it's not about need!

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 20:30

Jerrys Artarama has them as well. I'm tempted to give them a try.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:29

Reviving this thread to add a +1 on how amazing these are! I love that the pages are removable - it's a feature I always look for, but rarely find with paper I like (the only other is Kokuyo Campus notebooks - Midori Traveller's Notebooks have removable pages in the Passport-sized Notes, but I think the paper isn't so hot!) Like ClassicHippie says, it's harder if the page to remove is in the middle, but it IS possible - just make sure you get the spine bent back good and proper, which you probably have to do anyway to write in the middle of this type of notebook.

These books are a total winner! I wish every paper company did these :-)

I'm not affiliated with ANY of the brands/retailers/shops/ebay sellers/whatever I mention or recommend. If that ever changes, I will let you know :)

 

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 19:03

I have friends going to Milan and came across this extremely helpful review; It's really impressive that all papers work well with fountain pens!


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 02:03

I've been extremely happy with the quality of the paper in the Fabriano Ecoqua notebooks, little to no bleed through with the exception of sharpies and modest show through which seems fine given the weight of the paper. The notebooks are extremely economical and come in blank my favorite or dot in the smaller ones. In the US they are at Michaels and Binders Art Supply.



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 16:17

Very good review! I  would stick with vergata and Naturale, if they could be acquired alone. I recently pruchased the following Fabrianos for sketching;  a great price in Amazon.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 18:28

Artmart has the Ecoqua in spiral and staple bound notebooks.

 

A5/Junior, I got one and I think they have them in A4/Letter size.

 

http://www.artmartstl.com/


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