Nomad Sketchbook: An Affordable Luxe, Portable Art Journal

At first glance, the Nomad Sketchbook looks like a Midori Traveler’s Notebook. If you’re a paper hoarder like me, this would look familiar to you. And indeed, the basic function is the same. Like the Midori Traveler’s notebook, the leather cover provides adequate protection for your paper and the rubber bands provide ways to insert multiple paper inserts to suit your journaling/notebook needs (I can probably discuss some ways to maximize the use of your rubber bands to insert the most number of paper inserts but I’d reserve that for a separate post) and make it portable enough for everyday carry.

And the best thing? It is locally made!

Nomad Sketchbook, Php 1,600

The cover feels very luxe; it does feel like the expensive leather covers that one would pay several thousand pesos for. The cover is made of thick crazy horse leather. It attracts some scratches but these show up prettily and add to the charm of a graceful aging of a well-used leather.

The cover features an inner pocket. It is useful for keeping some notes or a small cloth that can be used for wiping brushes. In my case, I keep some rubber bands in it, in case I wanted to add more inserts or if the currently used rubber bands get broken.

The back cover also features an inner pocket. One can also see the knot of the band that holds the cover closed. You can untie the knot to adjust the snugness of the band, which would be affected by the number of inserts you have placed inside.

You can see the rubber band holding the insert. You can actually add more inserts (the notebook came with 2 inserts) just by adding more rubber bands, but some folks dislike having rubber bands seen outside the cover. A useful advice would be to just use darker-colored rubber bands or even the Midori Traveler’s Notebooks connecting bands, if you have it. But, for me, this is adequate.

The paper is of high-quality light-grain, 180 gsm, acid-free kind. The paper size is 4.5″ x 8.5″.

Pencil, pastel, charcoal, watercolour, gouache, ink, pen and marker can be used on the paper, according to the maker, Mg DreamKite. I have, however, only used watercolor, pencil, and ink on it, so far. I find it an excellent paper for sketching purposes and it accepts even heavy washes of watercolor. The paper is thick enough that ink does not bleed through at the back of the page.

Although I have another favorite sketch journal (Strathmore 400 series Watercolor journal Soft cover), I’m still fond of this sketchbook and I bring this when I prefer portability as I sketch outside, or if I have very limited space in my bag. One can also easily incorporate the Nomad Sketchbook paper insert into a Midori Traveler’s Notebook (although the paper edge may show a bit).

Please visit Mg DreamKite Facebook page to inquire about this product.

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