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Flexible and lightweight, the Strathmore Softcover Watercolor Art Journal holds 48 pages of acid-free, 140 lb (300 gsm) paper.
Ideal for use with watercolors, gouache, and acrylics, Strathmore 400 Series watercolor paper has a natural white color and traditional cold press surface that allows for fine and even washes, as well as lifting and scraping techniques.
The journal's velvety "softcover" is a rich, dark brown color, and the durable Smyth-sewn binding allows pages to lie flatter.
The Strathmore Softcover Watercolor Art Journal is available in a variety of convenient, portable sizes.
Made in the USA.
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I've used many watercolor sketchbooks in the past but strathmore has the best quality. The paper is extremely thick so you can paint on both sides without warping if you prefer. The softcover opens up to lay flat which is nice as well. The paper also holds the pigment wonderfully compared to watercolor sketchbooks I've used in the past. #sweepstakes
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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This is a very quality journal
from Phoenix AZ
This is a very quality journal especially for the price. It is very good quality
By Mara Medium
I was very excited to finally have a bound sketchbook, specifically for watercolor usage. Upon it's arrival, the cover was damaged with several dents and scratches. The cover is a very nice and soft material, but if you are one that is bothered by tattered sketchbook covers, this one is not proper for transportation in a backpack. The pages are very tightly/nicely bound and must be bent to lay flat. Overall, those things do not warrant the 3 star rating. My biggest disappointment was the paper. I have used, for the majority of my year in watercolor painting, only Strathmore 400 series watercolor paper PADS. The paper in this sketchbook does not react well to my usual Mijello Mission Gold watercolors. Instead of soaking up the color/water and leaving behind an even wash of color, the paper dries and leaves a strange speckled white finish through the paint, no matter how thick I apply it! This is odd, as none of my other Strathmore papers (400 series) react this way with my paint.I most likely, would use this journal for practice with gouache or acrylic paints, as those are quite opaque and cover any surface evenly and smoothly. I am very disappointed in the quality for watercolor. The pages are also not suitable to be painted on (with watercolor) on both sides, as one side is clearly the "back" of a watercolor sheet. This sketchbook design definitely needs some major improvements. For the price point, I could have easily gotten a Strathmore paper pad with better results. If you're also wanting to tear out any works to save or gift to a friend, this will be a challenge and will need to be cut out with an Xacto knife; pages are not perforated for removal.It's an OK book, depending on what medium you're using. I don't recommend this for anything other than gouache/acrylic paints. (Especially NOT marker, as watercolor paper soaks up ink too quickly and dries markers out fast).
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Merchant response: Thank you for reaching out! Please know that the paper used in these journals is, in fact, the same Strathmore 400 Series Watercolor Paper used in the pads. We'd like the opportunity to work with you to find out why it's not performing as expected so we can replace it if needed. One of our Customer Care Agents has emailed you to assist, and you can always give us a call at 1-800-723-2787.
A good gift
from Long Beach, CA
I bought this item as a gift for a graduate. She truly liked it for the good paper and soft cover,(easily carried). /the graduate painted a picture for me and brought it over. Really nice and the paper was great.
Yup good stuff
from New Orleans
I've done (rather exhaustive!) comparison of square-inch-pound watercolor available anywhere, and have generally determined that the BEST way to get fairly good paper at a high volume is to use Blick on-line for one of several choices. (For exampl,e if you're willing to suffer through student-grade paper, then the mathematics says you should get as many Canson XL 140-lb tape-bound cold-press student-level pads as you can stand, in any size, as long as you use the usual Blick free-shipping on Canson XL offer.) For this higher-quality paper, for a bound journal, get this product -- Strathmore 400 series, 140 lb paper, in pretty much any page-size. If you want spiral-bound then you'll have to move away from the BEST internet deals and pay for it a bit more, but I prefer the "soft-bound" type usually, because it tends to be easier to pack into a pocket or carry with a smaller traveling-art-supplies kit. But, one caveat: you really can't remove single pages from this thing without a knife and great annoyance, it's not exactly worth it to try. So beware, if you haven't ever used this type of journal, and if you aren't used to working on ONLY ONE PAINTING AT A TIME in watercolor, you might find it a bit disappointing to not be able to turn to a new page or to close the journal because your painting is still wet. Spiral bound booklets, and tape-bound pads, allow easy removal of one, thus several paintings can be wet and on-the-go all at once; whereas this type ("soft-bound" whatever it is) has no perforation and is rather tightly stitched together, so it won't allow easy removal of a single page, and this new problem might get in the way of your usual drying-time procedures and assumptions. REALLY screwed me up the first few times I tried it, until I put two-and-two together and realized what was going on and accommodated that fact.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
WONDERFUL watercolor books with heavy paper
from New York
The Strathmore watercolor books can take scraping, lots of water, pencil, ink... I love the way the colors flow on this paper and I use them continually for travel everywhere....
Good Paper in Journal Form
By Dot The Artist
from San Francisco, CA
This journal has some good quality paper in it that I do enjoy working with. I'm not a fan of the journal itself because in order to even work on the pages, you have to physically bend them, which seems weird. Another thing is that the pages are not double sided, so basically half of the pages you're given are the back sides of actual watercolor paper. You can paint on them, but they aren't made for it the same way. I think this product could use some improvements, but once you get past the faults its still a good journal, and as long as you're aware of the problems I think it's a good purchase. I do love working in it and so far I've been having a lot of fun with painting in it. Final opinion: I like it, could use improvements, but it's good!
Finally, a portrait-oriented watercolor sketchbook!
By Filler of Notebooks
from Somerville, MA
I've only just discovered these notebooks, so I can't say what I "usually" use them for. I expect there will be some fairly detailed landscape and architectural drawings in watercolor, pen and ink, and alcohol marker, so I'm glad that this cold-pressed paper is actually fairly smooth. The pages lie flat--a great plus in a sketchbook. Alcohol markers (Copic, etc.) do soak through the pages, so a backsheet should be used. I expect to buy many more of these sketchbooks.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Great paper, but does not lay flat
The cover folds back easily and the paper is great. However, it's rather hard to keep the journal flat as you paint. If this is not an issue for you, then this is a great purchase. If you need a flat-lying journal, then consider another option or you may have to cut out each sheet like I am.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Must buy again!!
from Wilson, NC
Absolutely in love with this journal! its small enough to carry around and has very reliable and thick pages. Don't be fooled by the soft cover. It is very stable, and not annoyingly floppy!!
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