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Bright white, uncoated paper in the Ciak Sketchbook is perfect for pencil drawings, but how does it perform with a roll pen? Some journals have thin paper and suffer from ink bleed through unless you use the finest points, but I expect more from a sketchbook. I want a sketchbook that will work with a variety of mediums. I am an avid fan of Tombow’s roll pens and prefer them for quick ink sketches, so it is important to me to have a journal that can handle these pens with ease, without excessive bleed through.

I tested the paper in the Ciak Sketchbook using my TOmbow Ultra roll pen.

I tested the paper in the Ciak Sketchbook using my Tombow Ultra roll pen.

My Tombow Ultra roll pen laid down a very wet, permanent line on the Ciak paper. It dried quickly and was fairly crisp although not as crisp as the coated paper in the Moleskine Sketchbook. The paper’s surface was completely smooth and there were no skips or picks, so my line was consistent throughout the illustration. It was a pleasure to illustrate on this paper. Even though the line was wet, the back side of the paper showed minimal bleed through, only small dots of the heaviest areas showed through.

While you can see the the subtle image of the illustration through the back side of the paper, only the areas of coverage with the heaviest ink bled through.

While you can see the the subtle image of the illustration through the back side of the paper, only tiny areas with the heaviest ink coverage bled through.

The completed illustration has an interesting texture. Similar to an etching or engraving, the ink feels like it is sitting up on the paper vs. soaking into it, giving the illustration an added dimension. When you combine this with the contrast provided by crisp, white paper the end result is quite nice. I look forward to doing more of these.

Ink lines on the Ciak sketch paper are smooth and even.

Enlarged detail of ink lines on the Ciak sketch paper .

Ciak Sketchbooks have some unique features that make them ideal art journaling:

  • The soft cover is flexible, yet sturdy enough to use as a surface to work on
  • Several colors are available, so you are no longer limited to black, so you can use different colors for sketchbooks with different content
  • Cover customization is easy because of its slightly porous surface which accepts pens, markers and acrylic paint
  • You can keep a pen, pencil or brush handy by tucking it under the horizontal elastic strap
  • 145 leaves or 209 pages of acid-free paper, more than many popular sketchbooks and journals
  • Bright white, uncoated pages accepts a wide variety of mediums
  • Forgiving cover accepts abuse and can even repels water

If you are looking for a versatile sketchbook that can handle a variety of mediums, you will like using the Ciak Sketchboook. It is a stylish, competent contender that works well with pencil and ink and is worthy of a place on your art supply shelf.

Final illustration completed with a Tombow Ultra pen.

Final illustration completed with a Tombow Ultra pen.

Because of the way the ink rests on the paper, you can feel raised areas when you run your hand across the completed illustation.

Because of the way the ink rests on the paper, you can feel raised areas when you run your hand across the completed illustation.

Ciak journals and sketchbooks are available in a variety of colors.

Ciak journals and sketchbooks are available in a variety of colors.

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