Strathmore mailed me a bunch of stuff a few days ago and I thought I should review the easiest thing there first, which is the writing pad. The drawing paper are going to take me months to finish using.
The Strathmore Writing paper and pads are new to me. I've always assumed that Strathmore produces only drawing paper.
The writing pad that I have is 6 by 8 inches (15.2 by 20.3 cm). It's close to A5 size which measures 5.83 by 8.27 inches (14.8 × 21 cm). Unfortunately, it does not fit into the Bamboo Spark notepad slot which takes exactly A5-sized sketchbooks.
The paper quality is fantastic. There's a premium feel to it. Here are some key attributes:
- Acid free
- 25% cotton
- Natural white - more like off white, ivory or cream
- Wove finish with nice fine grain texture
- Lined with non-photo blue dots
- 50 sheets
I love the soft fine grain texture on the paper. There's a nice tactile feel when writing on it.
I've tried all sorts of pen and ink with it and the paper handles them well. Ink lines appear sharp with no featuring regardless of whether it's fountain pen ink, gel or even felt tip ink. The only exception is Sharpie marker pens which bleed over, but that's expected of a marker. I've even used brush pen and there's no problem, so it's a good paper for calligraphy practice as well.
For writing purposes, this is a winner.
In terms of cost, the Strathmore Writing Pad is more expensive than competition such as the 80-sheet Rhodia pad. However, you're getting a more premium product with the Strathmore. If you're on budget, then the Rhodia is more suitable.
It's nice premium paper if you have the budget for them.