Category Archives: Art Supplies

Big Ideas? Big Books.

Moleskine recently launched the Folio Collection, a new series of large format notebooks, sketchbooks and accordion portfolios. Aimed at the fine art and design communities, the line simply scales up the classic  hardcover Moleskine to either the standard A4 format (8.25″ x 11.75″) or to an impressive A3 format (11.75″ x 16.5″). Both sizes feature the traditional rounded corners, back pocket, elastic closure, and internal bookmark of the familiar pocket and A5 lines and the paper used in all Folio Collection products is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)-certified.

Moleskine Folio Collection Notebooks
? c.1890: Traditional / 2009: Moda & Moda

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Plain Notebook: 176 pages, available in A4 and A3 format
Ruled Notebook: 176 pages, available in A4 format only
Grid Notebook: 176 pages, available in A4 format only
Sketchbook: 96 large pages in high quality heavy paper, available in A4 and A3 format

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Watercolour Album: 60 pages, heavy paper, 200 gsm, cold pressed, available in A4 and A3 format

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Portfolio: six accordion-style, available in A4 and A3 formats

A4 format in all styles: $39.95
A3 format in all styles: $49.95

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An Absolutely Inspired Children's Art Product with One Small Problem

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Aquarellum Painting Kits

? 2004: Véronique Debroise

Aquarellum is a simplified wax-resist painting concept for children – a sort of freeform watercolour paint-by-numbers where the child gets to choose the colours. Each Aquarellum set contains a set of primary colour liquid watercolour paints, a sturdy mixing tray and chart, a quality brush and four resist-printed cards. Each of these components is of surprisingly high quality. The process is challenging enough for a 12 year old, yet even a (well-supervised) three-year-old will achieve a very exciting result.

My three-year-old is addicted to these kits. She loves the process, has become a whiz with a paintbrush, and is always proud of the finished product. So, what’s the problem? Naturally, it’s the price. Made in France, these sets cost $24.95 and a younger child can go through each of the four cards in fifteen minutes. Makes a great Grandparent gift but, if you’re paying for it, save it for a special day when making something beautiful would really lift your child’s spirits. – David

Aquerellum Junior: $24.95
Aquerellum Classic: $29.95

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