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This is a review of FABRIANO EcoQua (glued) 'padbook' A5 size , dotted grid.

 

It comes in a few striking colours. This one is Lime Green.

 

Front

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Back

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Closer view of the label

Made in Italy.

A5 size (corners are not rounded)

90 sheets

paper is 85gsm

dotted grid

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The book is glued like in a foolscap pad

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This is the inside of the rear cover (a much thicker card)

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Closeup of the English writeup

Apparently very 'green' production methods

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The standards achieved :thumbup:

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The paper is printed in a dot grid.

It is light grey in colour so its not distracting :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

But I cant figure out the dimension of the grid.

Its somewhere between 3.5-4.0mm

Been measuring all over the page , and the dimensions are not exact.

There's a little variance.

For small handwriting, you can actually squeeze in between 2 lines of dots.

If your handwriting is large, then three lines of dots yield around 7mm which is one of the standard ruling line spacing, which is quite comfortable for larger handwriting.

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My usual ink and watercolour test comes next.

:D

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I intend to use the paper in this bookpad and stitch them into my journals.

 

So I folded the paper into half to carry out my usual inktest

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Here this time, I decided to group the inks according to colours

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NO FEATHERING :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

 

The paper is not supersmooth like Japanese paper.

Its a little toothy.

 

NOODLERS Black and X-Feather.

Pretty good.

Both are steel nibs in Architects Grind

very wet writers

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Real closeup shots

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Pretty good :thumbup: :thumbup:

 

 

The backside of the page.

Very good. :thumbup:

NO BLEEDTHRU :thumbup: :thumbup:

A sheet of copier paper is placed underneath so you can see the real colour of the paper.

Its a little Ivory in colour.

Becos the paper is light coloured, you can see SHADOW.

This is to be expected becos the paper is Light coloured and is thin at only 85gsm.

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Closeups

Top half of page

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Bottom half of page

Very good

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Shadow or showthru is easy to resolve,

use a sheet of black paper

Here I placed the black paper partway to demonstrate with and without the black paper underneath.

Its totally effective

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I usually do a watercolour test

DALER ROWNEY Watercolour Pocket Set

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Drawn in with NOODLERS Black (bulletproof) waterproof

with a #6 steel nib architects grind

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Painting in the colours.

I let the paint sit there wet on the paper.

No dabbing with tissue.

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Closeups

NO FEATHERING :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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A look at the reverse side ...

A normal copier paper is laid underneath to show the SHADOW or SHOWTHRU ...

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Closeup

Top half

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Bottom half

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Very good

NO BLEEDTHRU

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Shadow is easy to resolve, just place a black sheet of paper underneath

here its halfway to show the effect

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Now all the way

No more distracting shadows

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This paper is good enough for TMLee Journals :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

 

:D

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This paper is good enough for TMLee Journals :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

 

:D

 

That alone is a pretty great endorsement. Excellent review, of course, too.

I'm looking forward to trying some of this paper.

Thanks, greg

Don't feel bad. I'm old; I'm meh about most things.

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This paper is good enough for TMLee Journals :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

 

:D

Fabulous review. I’m so glad to see the results as I bought a couple because I loved the colour of the covers and they’re “dots”.

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Fabulous review. I’m so glad to see the results as I bought a couple because I loved the colour of the covers and they’re “dots”.

 

 

Yeah ,

I am not sure how it performs when photocopied on a copier machine.

 

I can't remember now which journal paper was dotted grid and had light blue dots.

Or was it grey ?

Anyway, the thought behind it is that when you photocopy, the (light blue , I think) dots become invisible.

 

This becomes critically useful when we photocopy our secret sketch designs for the next spaceship that'll take us to mars and back within one year ... :D

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This becomes critically useful when we photocopy our secret sketch designs for the next spaceship that'll take us to mars and back within one year ... :D

The dots on mine are a very pale grey but I havent tested it on the photocopier year.

 

BTW, my design is done and ready to go... 😜

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The dots on mine are a very pale grey but I havent tested it on the photocopier year.

BTW, my design is done and ready to go...

I just recalled ...

 

Its About:Blanks Notebook which I reviewed many moons ago ...

 

https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/271728-aboutblanks-notebook-review/?do=findComment&comment=3077446

 

The lines are a yellow colour.

This doesnt appear when you photocopy.

Clever !

 

I think you can experiment photocopying with :

A) white paper underneath that page , and

B ) black paper underneath

 

the black paper might mask away the grey dots .

Might ...

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Another feature that I discovered, is that the binding is glue but done pretty carefully with some mull.

 

Its very fine, and it stops short at about 5mm from the head and tail end of the spine...

 

Here is the mull, which I tore off , after tearing off the sheets to form Signatures to be stitched into a journal later ...

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A closer look ...

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Its a very fine gauze ...

and is very strong..

I am a little surprised that they used mull on such a product.

One would expect just glue on the spine, which actually does suffice.

I am impressed ... :thumbup:

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