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Moleskine Art Plus Watercolor Album, Pocket, Black, Hard Cover (3.5 x 5.5) (Classic Notebooks) Hardcover – January 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Classic Notebooks
  • Hardcover: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Moleskine; Ntb edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8883705602
  • ISBN-13: 978-8883705601
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 0.5 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

A very good quality sketchbook.
Fernanda
I love the way this takes watercolor and pen& ink.
Tori Lisi
The perfect pocket size sketchbook. easy to carry.
Moaza Matar

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

170 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Ajob on June 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Before you purchase this book it is important to know that you are really being overcharged for a brand name. Quality-wise, the yellow-tinted paper is decent with the capability to hold several washes before warping considerably and the sleek black cover not only looks impressive but is also heavy enough to smooth out any slight warping that might occur. Unfortunately, this book is only slightly larger than your average notecard measuring at exactly 5.6x3.6 inch (a fact I personally believe should be included in the title of the product rather than being tucked away in product dimensions), and contains only 30 actual SHEETS which is a bit misleading considering it states that it has 60 pages in the product details(I'm guessing they meant front and back but the ambiguity is deceiving). This book is also extremely awkward to hold due to it's landscape orientation and it is impossible to remove pages from it without destroying the binding. In summary if you want to pay $10+ for a brand name notebook of average quality go right ahead otherwise I suggest purchasing something of similar quality like a Strathmore Visual Journal (I recommend buying the 5.5x8 inch book but, if you are set on a pocket notebook, they also have 3.5x5 inch books for $2-$3 depending on paper weight)or, if you're really ambitious, making a sketchbook of your own (conceptart has a nice tutorial,just google "conceptart how to make a sketchbook" and use watercolor paper rather than normal paper to get a notebook tailored to your own needs!). I hope this helps!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Stacey M Smith VINE VOICE on October 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Moleskin thrives on great products and this is no exception. This pocket-sized pad is full of high quality watercolor paper. I believe that one side is cold press and the other is hot press (but I'm not absolutely sure). I found this a little too small for me, but perfect for postcard sized renderings. Note: I have bought a couple of these, one was not preforated and the other was (so pages were removable). Not sure why the versions were different. Great for taking visual "notes" -- nice quality!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kristine on November 4, 2010
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I'm trying to teach myself to use watercolours and this little book is perfect for practicing techniques and strokes without wasting full-size sheets of watercolour paper or cutting them into trial size bits. The pages are thick enough to take lots of water and even though they'll curl a bit, when closed the elastic keeps everything nice and flat so using the other side of the page later is never a problem. Also, the binding is excellent - if paint reaches the inner edge, it doesn't seep onto other pages... however I try not to be over-zealous with the paint toward the outer edges. I also make notes on each page so I'll know what I was trying to achieve, what colours I used and what steps I took. It's cute, it's sleek and I love it! I'll definitely buy these again!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Froniga on December 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I prefer the moleskine without lines & watercolor friendly. Great for sketches and notes. Great for a travel diary, easy to fit in a backpack as a travel journal. Wonderful for quick watercolor pictures from a café, museum or park bench. Even entertainment during long waits at airports.

You'll surprise yourself with the uses you'll find. Keep your creativity alive, use a Moleskine and go low tech rather than fiddling with some electronic gadget for twittering or games. You and your brain will appreciate the benefits. Poems and pictures to complete later! Seize the moment. Be creative. The moleskines have a history which you'll discover if you get one. Well made, they even feel good in the hand. Grab a few pens, some water color pencils or crayons, a paper towel, a brush with a small water reservoir put in a zipper baggy and with your Moleskine .... you're set for anything. Creativity is a great habit to feed. Maybe your inner cartoonist will come to life. or (illustrated) haikus are your thing. Dream journals. There's no limit what can go into your lovely leather-bound Moleskine.

Great travel gift for a creative friend.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dahlia Fore on December 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I tried this notebook and was very disappointed. The paper is really thin, and buckles quite easily. To use it effectively with watercolor paints, you have to make sure that you don't use too much water, otherwise, there will be so many buckles in the paper that keeping the notebook flat with the elastic, will not help very much. That sort of defeats the purpose of using a Moleskine.

I use Moleskines for drawing with pencil and Sakura ink pens. They do not stress the paper and the artwork looks really good. If I want to use color, I use colored pencils or oil pastels, nothing wet. If I am using watercolor, I carry the Strathmore watercolor notebooks, (Visual Journals), that come in 90 lb or 140 lb weights, - "real" watercolor paper, that delivers results without the buckling.

As happy as I was to see Moleskine watercolor notebooks, after trying them, I went back to the Strathmore books, and will remain with them unless and until Moleskine decides to put "real" watercolor paper into their otherwise fabulous books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TroutChaser on April 10, 2014
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I happen to really like the paper that Moleskine uses in the watercolour sketchbooks. There's just enough tooth to take the paint and it's heavy enough not to warp a lot if you do a wet wash (the page will curl a bit, but will lay flat after it's dry). I like the ivory color of the paper, too (I am not really a fan of bright white paper).

The size is perfect for dropping in your pocket along with a small tin of watercolours and some travel brushes for some on the spot sketching, or you can add it easily to a small sketch bag. Sketching and painting small has taught me a lot about economy of composition and it gives a lot of control over the paint.

One thing I tried was toning the paper with Indian Red and wiping it down on several pages. After it was dry, I painted some scenes using some of JMW Turner's sketches and they came out really cool--it gives the work a very vintage look to tone the paper first.
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