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Best Sketchbooks

Postby johunter » Fri Apr 07, 2006 7:03 am

I'm looking for the best sketchbooks for pen and wash sketching. I'd like something that could handle being a bit wet for watercolour. I'm not entirely sure if I want hot or cold pressed but would welcome any suggestions.

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Re: Best Sketchbooks for colour washes.

Postby Andrew » Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:34 pm

Well my fellow sketcher, there are several ways to solve this problem. There are watercolour sketchjournals out there, which holding 300# watercolour paper, hold up marvelously. Alternatively, you can use watercolour block (or you can make your own, there was a website linked to about.com that had step-by-step instructions. A little googling should find it easy enough.), which doesn't warp, but can be fairly pricey.

I have made my own watercolour sketch pads/books using 100# - 150# watercolour paper (which I puchase in bulk), and don't have too much problem with warping and bleed through.

My favorite solution came about fairly serendipitously. It allows me to use my standard sketch (drawing) pads (60# - 90# paper),use multiple layers of ink and watercolour wash, and holds up to opaque watercolour applications as well. I merely use isopropanol instead of water as my solvent. Just your basic rubbing alcohol (70%-90% ), and use water alone to wash my brushes. The pigments are soluable/suspendable in isopropanol, and it drys fast enough that the paper doesn't warp. Colour bleedthrough is minimal.

Good Luck!

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Postby duien » Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:07 pm

Two sketchbooks I love for light watercolor/wash are Aquabee Superdeluxe (burgundy cover) and Canson All-Media books. The Aquabee is really inexpensive for something you can watercolor on, but won't hold up to anything too wet. For small paintings or ink sketches it's perfect, though. 60 sheets, 93# double-sized paper. The Canson book is a 90# watercolor paper. It actually doesn't hold up much more than the Aquabee, but the binding is more durable and the surface has more texture and fells more like a traditional watercolor paper.

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Bindewerk sketchbook

Postby 4ojos » Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:27 pm

Ive just seen today in a shop nearby a german Bindewerk sketchbook a bit expensive, but really good looking! Perfectly good for watercolour or ink.
http://www.bookbinders-favourites.de/sh ... izb%FCcher

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Re: Best Sketchbooks

Postby RGperedo » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:09 am

I think one of the best sketchbooks on the market has to be Fabriano's Venezia sketchbooks. They have excellent thick paper I am not 100% sure of how heavy, but I would say between 90lb and 120lb paper. I use pen and ink, i also do decently heavy watercolor washes. the paper doesn't buckle until i overdo it with the washes. I have been using them for a while and I am completely satisfied.


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