I took out my sketchbooks, a few days ago, to prepare an exhibition ☺️ (I will definitely talk to you about this very special exhibition soon!! 😉).
Finally, I thought this vision was such a feast for the eyes that I should share it with you!!! 😀😍
These are some sketchbooks I worked on during the past two and a half years.
My favorite technique is watercolor only but you can see some ink and wash sketches too, a few done with pencils… That’s sometimes good to change and some subjects are not easy to handle straight with the brush. ☺️
Some sketchbooks are at a A5 format, but the more recent ones are at a A4 format. Some are handbound with Arches cold press watercolor paper and others, again the latests, are cheap Daler Rowney sketchbooks I bought.
For the handbound sketchbooks, I work on separate “signatures” (just a few pages sewn together) not to have to carry and to hold a too heavy sketchbook. I put the whole thing together later, when the pages are full of sketches. 😙 I admit, though, that I have a lot of signatures left alone I didn’t make the book with yet… 😳 I definitely have to do it!! ☺️
For these books, I create a cover with strong cardboard and hard store masking tape, and then I decorate it with Nepalese paper and lovely washi tape (there is also Vietnamese and Japanese papers offered by my sister used, here). I add ribbon because it’s fun and nice and it helps to keep the sketchbooks closed. 😊
Recently, I have been working more in Daler Downey 160 gsm Graduate sketchbooks, first to do more casual ink sketches and then because I was feeling that Arches paper was, sometimes, absorbing the colors of the watercolor paint too much…
I buy the ones which are thin and light. I began, a few months ago, to use the A4 ones (even if I always keep a smaller one in my bag) and I love the bigger size too!! ☺️ The paper buckles a bit but it holds the water really well and I like how the colors look clean and vibrant on it.
I embellish the covers with Nepalese paper and washi tape too, and sometimes other things. The one on the top, for December, below, has some wrapping paper on it. 😉 And, in the other photo, you can spot my travel journals from Portugal thanks to the pieces of map. 😙
However, I have now a problem with these sketchbooks because I just figured out that Daler Royney has changed their paper… It’s not 160 gsm anymore but, now, 140 gsm… ☹️ What a shame to lower the quality like that!! I am pissed off and disappointed because I fear the paper will buckle more / too much.
So, I am not sure which sketchbooks I will use for the next months… I envision to try again the hot press Arches paper, and the Stillman & Birn sketchbooks I didn’t like previously, as I like, now paper who allow water to float on it. 😏 I have some Fabriano too. And I am going to try the 140 gsm version of the Daler Royney sketchbooks…
Which sketchbook(s) do you like to sketch in? 😊 Do you sometimes paint on paper that is not watercolor paper?! ☺️