January 25, 2018 at 4:58 pm #132478
Mary, let me know how the Bee paper works out. I like their bristol smooth for pen work and wondered how the watercolor paper was.January 25, 2018 at 7:35 pm #132485Beverly Wong-KleinjanParticipant@beverly-remco-kleinjan
Sketchbooks are a personal choice as the type you will end up using the most will depend on your style of painting (i.e. what dimensions will work best for you, what kind of paper do you prefer, do you use a lot of water when you paint?, etc.).
I prefer Stillman & Birn Alpha series. Though the paper isn’t overly thick and textured and is only meant for light washes, I still find that it suits my needs. Others who work more wet-in-wet may not find the paper sturdy enough. Personally, I don’t use a lot of water (rarely wet-in-wet) when I paint, so the thinner paper is not a problem for me. I do have their Beta series which I’ll be trying next – it has thicker paper. I like having more pages bound in my sketchbook with less ‘dear’ paper, as it’s motivates me to work in it daily, as opposed to thicker paper with less pages. That’s just me, though.
The only really way is to try a few and see what you like best! 🙂
Charlie did an excellent two-part review of some watercolour sketchbooks:January 25, 2018 at 8:10 pm #132488
I apologize for my weird post. I hadn’t really finished it, but looked at the clock and realized I was late for an appointment, so I just hit submit and ran. I just came back and actually read it. I think you probably got the gist of what I saying, but were probably scratching your head in befuddlement.January 25, 2018 at 11:02 pm #132489Jennifer McLeanParticipant@jennifer-mclean
Thanks for that Ikea link, just like Sandra, me thinks I’m gonna have to go shopping. EEEgads. Ikea just opened a pick up location in our city. Now I’m really in trouble. IT looks fantastic and just what I’ve needed and been looking for.
I store my finished art in a large artist’s portfolio. It holds a 22×30 piece of watercolor paper so I can store the larger unused pieces of paper without damage and just chuck my done art in the front. I tend to thin the herd once a year too, toss out the bad, keep the good. I used to cut the stuff up that I didn’t like and make bookmarks. I have a laminator and you can buy bookmark lamination strips. I will start doing that again now that I’m back to reviewing books again for publishers. Use them as giveaways etc.
Other than that I put up the art I like around the house and sometimes gift a piece if someone likes it or trade with another artist. That’s fun as you end up with a great wall of art made just for you by friends. I also always scan my art and then make business cards with Moo.I love that I can show my work on my business card. If you’re secure with your work you can alway sell the original or make prints of it and sell those.January 26, 2018 at 10:00 am #132502Susan CussParticipant@susan-cuss-1
Sandra, I’ve used the Bee paper and quite like it. Mind you, I haven’t put it through the rigorous testing you do. I like the 6″ x 9″ size, as it’s affordable and great for doing test paintings, mini-paintings for cards, or just loosening up. 100% cotton, 300 g/m2, acid free, archival. 25-sheet package is $19.99 here, but Michael’s sometimes has specials when I get 2 packages for $30.January 26, 2018 at 10:28 am #132506
Thanks Susan. I’ll have to pick some up next time I go art supply shopping!January 26, 2018 at 4:36 pm #132515MMcBuckParticipant@mmcbuck
Sandra, thanks so much for all your information!! Hadn’t thought of making my own.January 26, 2018 at 4:40 pm #132516MMcBuckParticipant@mmcbuck
Thanks to each of you for your awesome information! Suppose I’m on the search for my fav sketchbook…January 26, 2018 at 5:03 pm #132519Donna GiannattasioParticipant@donna-giannattasio
I have a big (and getting bigger) stack too. I do gift quite a few. Maybe someday I will frame and hang one or two 🙂January 29, 2018 at 1:23 pm #132672Beverly Wong-KleinjanParticipant@beverly-remco-kleinjan
We were at IKEA on Sunday (to buy my a new desk and set up for my art room) and I saw the cabinets you spoke of, Anthony. They are great and I think I’ll be adding one to my room once I make more space for more… storage (ironic, I know)! I love the fact the drawers are also covered with a felt like material too. They’re a perfect size for storing paintings, sketchbooks, etc.January 29, 2018 at 6:28 pm #132706Anthony BillingsParticipant@abillingsblog
I love mine. I’ll probably have a fourth one by the end of the year.January 30, 2018 at 6:03 am #132721Pamela SmithParticipant@pamela-smith
Mary,,have you tried the Bee paper yet,if so what are your thoughts?
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