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Strathmore 500 Mixed Media 190gsm Hardbound Book, 8.5 x 11 in, 32 Sheets, Ideal for Professionals & Students

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I do a paint-out of my one of palettes at the start of each sketchbook as it's a great way to see how the colours work on the paper. I've used this book for quicker studies and demonstrations rather than for 'best' - probably due to the soft cover. Keep in mind that anyone can view public collections—they may also appear in recommendations and other places.

This looks the same as the original B5 version, but with heavier 300gsm paper and a vegan friendly cover. It can be painted light over dark and dark over light, it dries quickly, it remains water soluble after dry, and requires no solvents to clean up. This means that a 184lb paper may be the same thickness as a 140lb paper where reams of different basis sizes were weighed. It is acid free 200gsm weight paper and the A5 contains 30 sheets, which is 60 pages using front and back.I have used a number of the 9" x 6" portrait hard cover books, as they are a good size for transporting and they have a lot of pages - 62 sheets (124 both sides). It comes in a choice of covers - Jupiter Gold, Silver Moon and Titanium Black, in keeping with the space theme. There are many sketchbooks on the market and it is often quite a difficult task to choose one that is suitable for your needs. Mine is a soft cover so it is relatively light and quite a good size to carry around - rather like a B5. I have tried so many different types of paper, super nice and beginner pads, and I keep coming back to these.

The pages are hand torn with a deckle edge and the paper grain is parallel to the binding on each page. This beautiful sketchbook was created in a limited edition of 600 but I hope it will reappear, perhaps in the 200gsm Fabriano paper as well, as it is an extraordinary book suitable for our precious watercolour sketches and paintings.It can be a bit of a challenge to get a really smooth wash with watercolour, but granulation shows up nicely.

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