Sketchbooks

Here are sketchbooks I have used and am using. Click the picture for more information and my subjective views.

Khadi sketchbooks

I have used various Khadi sketchbooks. Here’s the hardback one. It is about 8inches by 10 inches, 20cmx25cm.   The paper is soft and absorbent, a friendly surface. It’s not so easy to draw on with a fountain pen. The pen tends to pick up little bits of paper, and snag on the surface. But … Continue reading “Khadi sketchbooks”

Carnet de Voyage – Arches

I bought this a long time ago in a sale at the marvellous Stuart W Stevenson on the Clerkenwell Road. The surface is smooth, the paper is substantial, and the shape is unusual: long and narrow 15cmx25cm, 6″ x 10″. Here’s a picture in the sketchbook.

Jackson’s Watercolour Pad 7.5″x11″

This is a spiral watercolour pad. The paper is “NOT” or “cold pressed”. Here is an example of work on this paper:

Seawhite Watercolour Notebook, A5 landscape

This is the Seawhite Watercolour Notebook, also called the Seawhite Travel Journal. It has 60 pages 200gsm watercolour paper. It works well, the covers are firm, and the paint doesn’t show through the pages. Here is the book in use:  

Traveler’s Company B5 Watercolor Sketchbook

I bought this sketchbook from the Exchange Art Gallery in Penzance. It has a spiral binding but a “notebook” feel to it. The paper is smoother than “cold-press” but has a satisfactory tooth to it, a bit like cartridge paper. This is the one with “watercolor paper”. They do “notebooks” too, with thinner paper.

Stillman and Bern Delta Series

  This is a luxury item. It is slightly less than A5, at 5½ by 8¾ inches. The paper is ivory watercolour paper, cold press, thick and stiff and totally opaque. The book opens out flat and has good solid covers. I somehow find the paper a bit boring to use: it has “tooth” rather … Continue reading “Stillman and Bern Delta Series”

Seawhite Artists Journal

This was my first urban sketching sketchbook type. I used this for sketchbooks 1, 2,and 3. The pages are cartridge paper, smooth and strong. The pages and cover have rounded corners, which looks neat. Sometimes it was a bit irritating when scanning a drawing that the corner is not square. But in general I like … Continue reading “Seawhite Artists Journal”

Vintage Paper Co small watercolour sketchbook

This was an impulse purchase from The Vintage Paper Company. It’s a small, beautifully bound sketchbook, with real watercolour paper. It is a little less than 6 inches by 4 inches inside. The paper is Saunders Waterford, watermarked on some pages and deckle edged. This is relatively absorbent paper. As you see from the above … Continue reading “Vintage Paper Co small watercolour sketchbook”

Jackson’s watercolour sketchbook 17x24cm

This is my current urban sketching sketchbook. I used this type of sketchbook for sketchbook numbers 4 and 5. It is 9½ inches by 6½ inches and about an inch thick. Inside is proper watercolour paper, a very slightly off-white. It has a texture, but not much: “cold pressed”. Also it is not very absorbent, … Continue reading “Jackson’s watercolour sketchbook 17x24cm”