“Why is that notebook submerged in an aquarium?” I met Stone Paper notebooks thanks to an intriguing display at Fully Booked. They placed a Stone Paper notebook in a tiny aquarium and encouraged people to scribble in the notebook and drop it back into the water.
The paper is made by Terraskin from calcium carbonate and polyethylene. Technically that means it’s a kind of plastic, not really paper. It feels slick and luxurious. Unlike Yupo, it’s not tear-resistant. It’s definitely water-resistant, which is good news for people who like writing in the rain with ballpoints. It doesn’t play well with fountain pens unless you have a feathering fetish.
Ink takes forever to dry, and even when you think it’s dry, it still smears.
However, Platinum Sepia pigment ink in a Pentel Aquash behaves well. So do other brush pens, with a little patience. Sharpies pretty much write on everything.
I knew watercolor would be blotchy, but what kind of blotchy? Robozombiton turned out cute blotchy, not horrid blotchy. I did have to wait some time before all the liquid evaporated.
Blotches stay contained, edges stay sharp as long as the brush tip is a little dry.
This notebook gets filed under “fun.” It’s produced without trees, water or bleach so it also gets filed under “green guilt-reducing.” If you’ve ever had water enter your house during a storm and attack your journals, you can also file this under “insurance.”
The Paul Smith-ish cover has quadrille sheets; the black comes in both quadrille and blank.