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Attractive and functional, a hand-bound, sketch journal covered in book cloth is the perfect travel companion for artists.
Each journal features 128 buff colored blank pages, a durable elastic closure, and a useful clear plastic envelope to hold notes or business cards.
The heavyweight sheets are 130 gsm (normal drawing paper is 80 gsm) and acid free. They have a light, toothy surface that accepts pen-and-ink, pencil, markers, and light watercolor washes without buckling.
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Versatile Great Sketchbook
By Angeline Marie
from Homestead, FL
Comments about Global Art Hand Book Artist Journals:
I've used these Global Handbooks for a few years.The binding of these books is amazing. No matter how I stuff the books, the paper stays well bound. The strap to keep the book closed is of great quality, too as I have yet to stretch one out beyond it's limit. My only complaint is the back pocket on the inside of the back cover: please give a way to close? My papers fall out all the time! The paper is not a true "mixed media" type of paper - but it holds up wonderfully to watercolor, ink, pencil, paint, and markers. Some of these will bleed through depending how much is used - but as I glue things into the book, too, this is not of great concern to me. I have yet to find a book this versatile with this type of binding. I highly recommend this book for all kinds of use.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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great size for traveling
from Tucson, Az
I use these compact journals to record sketches of the fabulous scenes in front of me when I travel. The size is perfect for drawing on my lap or tabletop, in the plane, and in restaurants. I love the quality of the paper for pens and colored pencils.I love the usefulness of the rubberband to hold everything together and also the envelope in the back to hold postcards and photos.
Handbook is a great value. Nice journal.
from Dallas, TX
This journal has ample pages and accepts dry brush watercolor well. We use these for nature study. It's a good size for portability.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Using for now but not planning to purchase again
from Outer Banks
I've been watercolor sketching in this book for about 2 weeks now. I will continue to use it, but I don't plan to buy this sketchbook again. I think the easiest way to review it is to list my top three personal pros and cons. Hope this helps you with your decision!Pros:- Nice curb appeal: Cover is a feel-good, durable fabric; binding is nicely stitched; elastic band is a fantastic bonus.- Even though not remotely a watercolor paper, the pages take light wash with only a bit of curling and even allow for a slight amount of scrubbing.- Accepts pen well. Micron writes nicely on it, and fountain pen seems to do okay.Cons:- "Heavyweight" description for paper is an exaggeration - it's way too easy to accidentally wrinkle or fold the pages.- This paper mars even with a soft lead and likes to hold onto graphite. I had a tough time erasing my sketching lines, and I sketch with a pencil lightly.- IMO, I paid for the curb appeal. For this price, I expect the paper to perform a bit better for my uses.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Handbook Artist Journal - 3.5 x 5.5 inches
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Beverly Hills CA
At 180 gsm this sketchbook is a multi-media power house!! You can sketch and even use guache, acrylics and ink in it! It even has a handy pocket that-- great for business cards and loose doodles and what not. I love the band that ties the sketchbook when it's closed-- keeps it neat and flat! Great size at about 5.5 X8.5 inches. For the past 26 sketchbooks I've been using a spiral bound sketchbook so the hard-bound situation is going to take some getting used to.
Looks and feels expensive
By Frugal painter
These sketchbooks have a fabric cover which makes them feel really expensive and stand out from the crowd. Very nice option for those of who like to carry their sketchbook with them everywhere.
Beautiful small sketchbook
I am excited to have this little sketchbook. The pages are a lovely soft vellum color (no white page staring at me). Everything about it is just lovely. It was a splurge for me. I will order it again.
Hand Book Artist Journals
By Davis Cartoonist.
from Los Angeles, CA
Nice travel size watercolor sketchbook. Paper is strong and has a nice surface. Very well made. Highly recommended.
Great for travel
By Cherry takes a trip
from Tucson, AZ
Easy to carry in your pocket with small paint set or pens. Easy to store when you're done. Lots of pages to record your long journey or short hikes and jaunts. The heavy paper in cloth bound cover keeps everything neat and clean.
Nice little book!
By The imperfect perfectionist
from Upper New York State
I am usually very skeptical about buying art supplies over the Internet because I don't know if it is a good quality product. But this is really nice!I like how compact the square 5" is. Easy for travel (much easier than taking a regular sized book). The paper is nice, I like the hardcover, and the little pocket in the back will be nice for certain things. Overall, a really nice travel buddy of a sketchbook!
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