Watercolor Sketchbooks and Journals

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Watercolor Sketchbooks and Journals


Wondering whether you need a watercolor sketchbook? If plan to create on the go and use even light washes of watercolor (or any other water-based media) in your artwork, the answer is yes. Watercolor sketchbooks and journals contain watercolor paper that is specially made to absorb layers of water and media without breaking down or buckling. Watercolor sketchbooks and journals feature a wide range of paper grades and thicknesses. The type you choose will depend on your skill level, budget, and needs.


Student-grade sketchbooks can be spiral-bound or glue-bound. They are a cost-effective option for beginning artists and often contain machine-made papers suitable for experimenting. Artist-grade sketchbooks often contain heavyweight handmade or mouldmade papers made from 100% cotton—also known as “rag.” These papers are often archival quality, meaning they offer resistance to elements that can degrade artwork over time. Less-expensive papers may contain wood pulp or a combination of cotton and other cellulose fibers.