Due to recent heightened sense of ecological awareness, Lokta paper begins to gain popularity. It is popular among artists and crafters who take advantage in the paper's light weight and durable features and use it for bookbinding, gift wrapping, or sketching. The paper also has gained a spotlight in the writer's circle. Monk Paper A4 Soft Cover Sketchbook is one of the choices in the market. Despite its hefty appearance, the notebook is almost feather weight and filled with 48 thick, luscious Lokta paper. By touch, the paper has a tough and toothy surface; on certain pages, Lokta fiber can be spotted.
|See the fiber and texture?|
|Not horrible feathering, but might be too toothy for fountain pens|
|Bleedthrough is obvious|
Because of how absorbent the paper is, most of the ink "sink" to the surface. Take Sakura Souffle gel pens for example, instead of risen slightly from the paper surface (hence the name Souffle), there is not visual difference to set apart Souffle from other gel pens I have tried.
|Craft pen testing. No feathering but has obvious bleedthrough|
|The paper can withstand repetitive stroke without being disturb. This is done with a Uni-Ball JetStream|
Wooden pencils face the least resistance out of all writing utensils, probably because I did not sharpen it razor sharp. Erasing is entirely another issue, since erasing will cause abrasion and disturb the fiber of the paper, as seen below.
|Takes sketch in graphite, but erasing will take off a layer of the paper|
To most fountain pen users, feathering and bleedthrough would be an issue, so this sketchbook might not be ideal for that purpose; however, I can see it being suitable for scrapbooking or general craft because of its texture and rustic appearance. It can easily be a journal for those who use gel, ballpoint pens, and pencils. I like the touch of this paper as well as the toothiness because of the rustic feeling the paper conveys. It would be a unique gift for those who are looking for an ecological alternative.
You may find the item in review at Pen Boutique, as well as other Lokta paper products in other formats.
This Monk Paper A4 Soft Cover Sketchbook is furnished by Pen Boutique, a Maryland-based vendor who also carry fine writing instrument, stationery, and accessories, for review purpose free of charge. All opinions expressed in this post are entirely mine.