1. Because it’s awesome.
Okay so, any notebook can be awesome if you want it to be. As a part-time artist who has gone through about 8 different sketchbooks all my life, I have to admit that the Midori Traveler’s Notebook (MTN) by far, is the most versatile. This notebook that many had regarded to as their #traveljournal or #dailyjournal, or even as a replacement for the Filofax – is now being used by me as my sketchbook, purely for art and nothing else (I have other journals for those). Its awesomeness stems from its genuine leather cover, which smells amazing, and all the fun accessories you can add to it.
2. Because it’s limitless.
The beauty of the MTN is that you can refill, take out and change your notebook’s setup at any stage to suit your needs. I have a setup video here that you can watch. With a traditional sketchbook, once I’m done, I would probably need to archive the entire book and all its customizations, and begin again on a new book. With the MTN, all you need to do is to remove the finished book to keep and slot in a new book to pick up where you left off – you can keep up to 3 books in one journal! You get to reuse the same leather cover and all the customizations and accessories created specifically for your sketchbook without starting over again. So simple and yet so brilliant.
3. Because it’s timeless.
The leather which I spoke so highly about, is the epitome of timelessness. It scratches, wears and ages beautifully the more you use it. For obvious reasons the camel-colored MTN shows scratches and patina changes more obviously, the brown one as well shows signs of use better than my black MTN. It is one journal that will never run out of style and the only things you might constantly buy are the refill inserts and accessories. Also, the leather gets softer and more supple with use. It’s much stiffer when it first comes out of the box, but gradually softens with use – and I love seeing how the patina develops.
What is patina?
Raw leather ages by developing a “patina” as oils from your skin and other elements of the environment absorbs into it. Patina isn’t a negative; instead, it’s the main reason people fall in love with natural leather in its raw state. Starting out with a beautiful pale tan shade, it eventually develops into any range of browns through wear and use. In order to actually get a nice patina on your item, you have to do one simple thing—use it.
As artists, we see perfection in the imperfect, which is why I believe that the MTN is the perfect companion to the expressive artist in each of us. Use it to capture quick sketches of your travels, paint monuments in it, fill it with color daubs or even use it for recording all your strokes of inspiration.
This is my MTN. I use it to capture observations, record visual dreams, paint pretty things and practice my sketches. Some of the mediums I’ve tried in it are watercolors, pencils, ink pens and watercolor pencils. Here’s a video introducing my MTN Sketchbook and the names of the accessories I used.
What did you think of the video? Do you have a sketchbook similar to this? Drop me a comment below.