It seems that no artist can ever have enough sketchbooks. A portable, sturdy sketchbook with quality paper is essential for recording ideas, making studies, experimenting with new techniques, and can even become a finished piece of art itself! Of the many sketchbooks we stock, the selections listed below are some of our favorites…
Premium fine-art sketchbooks with a range of heavy-weight papers made especially for dry media, pen and ink, and watercolor. Choice of wire spiral binding or hardbound covers that open flat and stay flat for across-the-seam drawings. A favorite for urban sketching and journaling.
The ideal sketchbook for drawing or painting on the go. Slightly textured paper for dry media and light washes of ink or watercolor. Sturdy colored linen-textured cover and sewn binding with a ribbon bookmark and a pocket in the back cover.
Pentalic Nature Sketch:
Heavyweight off-white 25% cotton paper with a toothy surface on one side and a smoother surface on the reverse side. Great for all drawing media or for painting with watercolors, inks, or acrylics. Sturdy, attractive cover and wire binding for easy opening attractive cover and wire binding for easy opening.
Strathmore Visual Journals, Hardbound Journals, and Softcover Journals:
Quality papers in various weights and textures for drawing, sketching, painting, pen-and-ink, and mixed media. Visual Journals have a heavy tagboard cover and spiral binding. Hardbound and softcover books have Smyth-sewn binding that opens flat.
Strathmore Toned Sketchbooks and Journals:
Acid-free gray and tan paper for drawing and studies encompassing a range dark and light values. These smooth medium-weight papers provide a middle-value surface for drawing with dark charcoal or graphite as well as light pastels and chalks for rendering highlights and shadows.
Pentalic Traveler Sketch:
Very affordable pocket sketchbooks with flexible covers, ribbon bookmarks, and back-cover pockets. Smooth recycled paper that keeps crisp lines for writing or drawing. Superior quality at half the price of trendier “status” brands.
An economical line of drawing, sketching and watercolor pads intended for practice, experimentation, or getting started. Good quality, lots of paper, and a great price!
Perfect take-it-with-you pads and books for sketching and writing in pen or pencil. Wire-bound, staple-bound, and glue-bound from pocket sized up to 9×12. Blank paper, grids and dots.
Ex Libris Anonymous Sketchbook Journals:
Sketchbooks made from repurposed vintage books! No two are quite the same since pages from original books are included throughout the smooth, white medium-weight paper.
Kunst & Papier:
Binderboard sketchbooks with strong cloth-tape binding are sturdy, simple, and elegant with lots of pages for drawing or writing. High quality slightly off-white paper is versatile for most drawing media.
Simple and inexpensive softcover sketchbooks are ideal for tossing in a bag or purse so you always have a place to record your inspirations and ideas.
Sennelier Urban Sketchbook:
An accordion book with bright white heavy-weight paper perfect for a illustrated travel journal or urban sketching. Write, draw, paint, and even collage on individual panels or as a continuous panorama!
Saint Armand Canal Books:
Substantial cotton-rag paper in handmade books from artisan paper makers, La Papeterie Saint Armand in Montreal. The luxurious soft texture is ideal for graphite, charcoal, pastel or any dry media.