Size and Format: I used an A4 Landscape. Available A6, A5, A4 in portrait and landscape.
Weight: A4 size – 680g (finished book), A5 size – 300g (new)
Number of Pages: 30 sheets/60 pages
Binding: Hardcover, Sewn bound, opens flat. It has black elastic strap and ribbon bookmark. No back pocket. No endpaper (same watercolour paper on the inside of front and back covers)
Cover material: Dark grey fabric with vertical grain with some coating. I’m not exactly sure how to describe it, but it’s easy to wipe off any marks.
Wear and tear: Doesn’t show dirt and corners still looking good – very impressed by how good the cover looks. But I filled this book up in a single week so it didn’t get a lot of wear and tear!
Summary: I absolutely love the characteristics of this book and it’s very comparable with the A4 moleskine.
Fibres: Doesn’t say – so assume it’s 100% wood pulp (no cotton)
Paper Weight: 200gsm
Colour: Natural white
Texture: Nice smooth cold press texture which is the same front and back – yay! No strong linear grain (such as the Handbook Travelogue book)
Ink: Paper is great for ink – I used a variety of pens and they all worked great.
Pencil: I didn’t do any pencil sketches in this sketchbook, but a few quick tests indicate that it works well.
Watercolour: Overall the paper works really well for watercolour and is surprisingly robust for 200gsm. Please see this article for explanation of what I’m looking for so that I can achieve my quick urban sketches. Here are a few of my findings:
– takes a good amount of water with little buckling
– colours appear bright
– allows for good granulation
– fairly good for smooth washes (but naturally can’t compete with 100% cotton paper)
– holds up well to multiple layers and drawing over wet washes
– fairly quick drying (I think… but please note I used this book in December)
– able to give me reasonable variety of marks (something super important to me – I don’t like smooth washes) and I was able to adjust my technique by drying my washes a little so that I could achieve the results I wanted
– I was able to do a few very quick, rather wet direct watercolour sketches and I was pleased with the results
– seems to have a tendency to create backruns (I love backruns, so this was good!)
Summary: I really enjoyed using the paper in this book and it works well for a number of different techniques. At the time of writing this review, I still believe that the Moleskine paper suits my style of watercolour sketching the best, but I definitely want to use this book again (in the A4 portrait format) and give it another go.
Here is a collection of closeups of sketches done in this book (click to see at a larger scale).
I think this Hahnemühle Watercolour book is a fantastic sketchbook and I highly recommend it. The paper texture is lovely, consistent front and back and great to work with whether you are using ink, pencil or watercolour.
Let me know in the comment section your thoughts about using these books and/or if you have any questions.
Finally: If you use these books can you please share where you buy them from in the comment section This will help other people source them – thanks!