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Natural white, heavyweight, textured paper has a neutral ph and is double-sized to accept wet media. It also renders beautiful results with charcoal, pencil, and more.
There are 50 or 60 archival-quality sheets per pad depending on the size, spiral bound to a unique waterproof leatherette cover.
93 lb (152 gsm).
4" × 6"
102 mm × 152 mm
6" × 9"
152 mm × 229 mm
6" × 12"
152 mm × 305 mm
9" × 12"
229 mm × 305 mm
11" × 14"
279 mm × 356 mm
14" × 17"
356 mm × 432 mm
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® Bee Paper is a registered trademark.® Aquabee is a registered trademark.
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from St. Simons Island. GA
Comments about Bee Paper Aquabee Super Deluxe Sketchbook:
This product holds the watercolor well, and is a keeper!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Manchester by the Sea coast
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Love these little sketchbooks
By Annie in New England
from New England
These are my "warm-up" books, my what-if books, my capture-it-now books. I have used them for years to loosen up my vision so I can see, to try out little experiments with ink and paint, to do quick little sketches on the run. The paper is perfect for this, as it has enough weight and sizing to play with either watercolors or a light touch with acrylics, for multimedia playing, enough tooth for charcoal and pencil. No bleedthrough, though I can't say about markers because I don't use them. I can stick one in small zipper bag with my Pentel pen wallet and some pencils, and put the whole thing in my bag. The paper will sometimes buckle a little if much moisture is used, but I let it dry, close the book, and weight it.
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A sketch in one of my older little Aquabee sketchbooks.s
yes I would buy this paper again
sketching and using pastels and watercolors, gauche
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Best wire bound sketchbook on the market!
from Monroe Michigan
All quick sketches and paintings look great on Aquabee paper. It has been a favorite for years and holds watercolors nicely. The white paper allows the sparkle of the watercolors to shine through. I like the wire bound sketchbooks because they lay flat. The paper is thick enough that it doesn't bleed through unless you are using a super juicy marker or sharpie. The paper has a slight texture on front side and smooth on the back side. Nonstaining watercolors can be lifted out but overworking the paper will cause the paper fibers to lift and ball up (pill). It is not as durable as 100% cotton but its not expect it to be. It is a great paper for pencil and wash or pen and wash techniques.The paper is rated at 93# sketch paper but it actually measures 0.0085 inches (0.21mm) thick. For reference 140# 100% cotton watercolor paper is 0.019 inches (0.48mm) thick, which is twice the thickness of the Aquabee paper. It is, by far, the best wire bound sketchbook on the market!
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from Kalispell, Montana
Love these sketchbooks because I can use a variety of media and the paper holds up. This is the only sketchbook I use any more.
favorite sketchbook, use for multimedia
By west texas windy
from west texas
i have tried almost all bands marketed but keep coming back to super bee. i love the weight of the paper as it will take light washes. it is a soft natural color and has a slight tooth. perfect for my needs.
Didn't work with my style, but a good value
from New Hampshire
I was hoping to use this book with light watercolor and ink. Because I rely on the ability to soften and lose edges and enjoy a cold press texture for drybrush work,this paper didn't work for me at all. Giving it to a friend that works in a crisper style.
Merchant response: Thank you for your review. Although this paper is well-sized to withstand wet media, it is still primarily a drawing paper with a vellum texture, and we're sorry if this wasn't what you needed. If you ever have questions about a product you're considering purchasing from us, we hope you'll let us help. Just call 1-800-933-2542 (8am-5:30pm CST M-F) or email info@dickblick, and our Product Specialists will be happy to advise you.
The Very Best
By Jesse the art teacher
from Sacramento Ca
I absolutely love this sketchbook and I have had sooo many that I have not. I push this thing very hard and it has never let me down. I put ink, watercolor, acrylic, tempera and lots of graphite and charcoal all over these pages and I've never even had a bleed through to the back of a page, In fact, I use the backs too because I know they wont come through at all. The color is light, off-white and watecolors show up well, the tooth is medium so you smudge-rubbers wont have the smoothest fades ever but you just can't beat this book my friends. Worth every penny.
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fun with color schemes, Pelikan opaque w/c
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glass bead. speedball ink study
By Kelly O
The Bee Paper Super Deluxe sketchbooks are the best-- they put up with watercolors and ink as well as being a great surface for pencil and charcoal. I have 4 different sizes and just love them!
Great day to day pad
By Big lou
Will take all kinds of medium and works well in the field.
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