Paper and its quality

Hello 🙂

everybody is searching for the perfect notebook. Everyone has his or her own standards and ideas what the notebook should look like and how the paper should be.

To be honest with you, I am not going to tell you which notebook or paper is the best for you. But I can help you to find the best for you.

When you start a journal, ask yourself what you want to do. Do you want to work with colour pencils? Or do you prefer water colour? Or do you just what to write in it?

Paper can have different thicknesses and it is important to understand why not every thickness is the best for every way of journaling.

The thickness is measured in grammes per square metre (g/m²). When the g/m² is low, the paper is thin and it can shine through to the other side of the paper. If the g/m² is high, the paper is thicker and it can take up more water. In that case the paper is quite heavy.

There is no standard g/m² for notebooks. That is why you should know, or at least think about, what you want to use it for.

For example: My notebook Leuchtturm1917 has a thickness of 80 g/m². That is enough for my purposes because I use it mainly for a little bit of doodling and most of the time for writing.

But if you are interested in colouring your journal with water colours, you need a notebook with a thickness of at least 100 g/m², better even more.

Another point you should have in mind is, that paper can have different colours. Do you prefer a shiny white paper or is an ivory creamy white paper your preference?

My wisdom for today: Don’t buy the first one you see. Think about your requirements of the journal. Ask yourself what the paper needs to withstand for your needs. 😉

If you are interested, I can write a more extensive article about paper.

Love to you all,


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