You may recall that I reviewed the Webbie and the Habana last November. But when Stephanie, at Rhodia Drive, asked if I would like to do a review of the NEW Webbie I was eager to see the changes.
From the outside the changes are not at all obvious. Same black cover with the Rhodia emblem. Some people don't like the prominent emblem in the middle of the cover, but honestly it doesn't bother me.
The back pocket, elastic closure and ribbon marker are all still there, as they should be. (For those who've asked, these photos were taken on our back porch, :-D)
The notebook still closes flat easily and lays almost completely flat when open. Most importantly it still contains the high quality 90g Clairefontaine paper that we have all come to know and love.
The differences are subtle but important. Gone is the Rhodia logo from the bottom corner of each page, which was a distraction for some, but for me the most important thing is that this Webbie is blank, no lines.
I really do not like lines on my journal pages, I can't doodle with the freedom on lined pages that I have on blank pages (not that I do that much doodling but I like having the option).
The only drawback, for me, with the Webbie is the ivory paper. It's lovely but I prefer white paper. Which is rather silly since so many of the journals I use actually have ivory paper. I love the white paper in the Habana and would probably choose the blank version of it first, but it's nice to have the alternative of the blank Webbie. There are also the options on the sizes as the Webbie is slightly smaller (5-1/2 x 8-1/4 in) compared to the Habana (6-1/4 x 9-1/4). The Webbie also has 96 sheets compared to the Habana's 80 sheets.
As expected, the Webbie performs outstandingly with fountain pen ink, no feathering and absolutely no show through or bleed through. Editor's note: someone asked about the ink no being smear proof on the paper, I have not run into any problems with this. Fountain pen ink may be a little slow to dry because of the weight of the paper, but I have had no problem with the ink smearing once dry.
It also performs well with Pitt Artist Pens. Copic Markers bleed through, but I have yet to find paper that they don't - they are definitely for use only on one side and with protection underneath the page.
So the new blank Webbie will definitely be on my list of journals to buy. Of course, I need to fill some of the 20 or so others I own first. I'm thinking that this may make a great art journal, I'm about halfway through my Moleskine Sketchbook and this might be a great replacement. Hmmm, now where DID I put the gesso?
Oh, yeah - I mentioned a giveaway didn't I? Here are the rules, so PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY.
1. Leave a comment here on the blog no later than midnight Saturday, August 28 (EDT).
2. The winner will be announced on Sunday, August 29 and will have one week to contact me.
3. If the winner does not contact me within that week an alternate winner will be chosen.
I forgot to mention that this giveaway is open to all; US or International, I will ship it worldwide.
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