Tools: Pentalic Aqua Journal Failure

Update, before you read: Out of the blue Pentalic responded to a letter from ages ago.  They worked on the books and felt the problem was solved. They comped me two books. I told them they should’ve said that they realized there were problems early on and the bad review would not have been written!  The book is just a bit bigger *yay* than before and I have opened it fully and thought they might have fixed it.  But it popped open the second time I opened it!  So I cannot say this  journal is good even now.
I want to love it.  An Oregon company

I hate to give a bad review, but the Pentalic Aqua Journal is such a disappointment.
I like the paper, and love the smaller landscape size of roughly 5×8-inches,
but damn they apparently can’t make a journal that doesn’t fall apart.
I also got nowhere discussing this with them.
Further, they are an Oregon company and I’d like to support them, but I can’t.

I will have to move to Moleskin or some other A5 landscape journal.

Two for two, fell apart when first opened,
less than a days use!!!  I had to tape or glue…


I wish I could just glue, but the glue won’t take the
“abuse” of months of sketching and watercolor.  So I glue and then tape.
Botched the first book, but the second I did a better job of it.

Phooey that I must do it at all!


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13 Responses to Tools: Pentalic Aqua Journal Failure

  1. Oh no! How annoying. Thanks for the warning.


  2. Yuk! That does not look good. I have heard this happens. I have one in my stash of books. It will be interesting to see what happens. I am somewhat rough on sketchbooks!


  3. Dan Antion says:

    Sorry for you , Kate. That had to be disappointing.


  4. Oh, I’m sorry two have failed on you. 😦 I have one that looks like this model that I’m using now. I’m about halfway through it and knock on wood it’s holding up well.

    I hope you have better luck with the next journal.


    • So glad yours is holding up! I think if it had happened after me beating it around I’d be less annoyed, but this happened both time during the first painting….

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      • I would be really annoyed as well. Poor customer service is at the top of my list these last two weeks too. I received a used watercolor palette and the company is blowing me off. I’m not a happy camper about it, and planning my next move…it may be all I can do is write a bad review about the company and move on.

        I’m looking forward to hearing how you like your next journal though.


  5. dweezer19 says:

    That is so annoying. Sorry Kate.


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