Anyone who has followed my blog for a little while will know that I am a big fan of the sketchbooks by Stillman and Brin and Moleskine. Read more on my sketchbook page.
But what if you can’t easily get hold of them or they are a little too expensive for you. What other options are there? Here is a collection of sketchbooks that I have at home (crazy that I have these sketchbooks to try and haven’t used them yet) and I have also been asking on my other social media platforms.
What I am looking for is a ‘comprehensive-ish’ list of sketchbooks that are suitable for ink and light wash – not a ‘serious’ watercolour painting usage. For those that have signed up to my SketchingNow courses these will all be good options.
This is the start of the list – I would like to expand and make this more of a resource down the track but at the moment I am interested in getting your feedback on what you use. I have no idea of the availability of these worldwide (would be great if I did but seriously my art knowledge doesn’t extend that far!) so google any one yourself to find in your own country-region.
Included in the above photo:
Handbook – artist journal – Trav•e•logue Series
‘heavyweight’Buff coloured paper – I have used and it was very thirsty paper. Wish they would tell us the gsm!
Handbook – Trav•e•logue watercolour book
200sgm cold press paper – look amazing. I can’t want to start the one that is shown in this photo
Strathmore- Mixed media
Seems to be very popular. 190gsm spiral bound
Aquabee – Super Deluxe
152 gsm Spiral bound – available only in the US?
This seems to be a very popular general sketchbook – some people only use one side. I need to test drive the one I have hey?
Daler and Rowney Ebony (or Milini sketchbook or Jasart Premium Sketchbook)
These three brands (the 2nd and 3rd available in Australia only?) are very similiar
The DR and Jasart sketchbook I used for years and filled many of them but found that the paper quality has declined significantly in recent years. 150 gsm cartridge which did take light washes…not sure whether the more recent paper performs as well. Cover is not very robust.
Handmade books from Portugal. Beautiful paper – thin but very robust for watercolour uses. I have two small books that I need to use!!!
Strathmore – Watercolour and toned paper
There is a huge range that are quite new. I haven’t tried these yet
Large selection of books inlcuding 140gsm cartridge in concertina format and thicker watercolour books
225gsm spiral bound. Can’t find a link. Available in Australia from Riot art and Craft
The perfect Sketchbook
I have backed this kickstarted project and looking forward to seeing what it turns out like