Art Alternatives Sketches in the Making Very Big Hardcover Sketchbook-Giant Sketchbook-600 pages ( 300-sheet)-Black Cover
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- Each sheet measures 12.5-x-10.75-inches. Perfect for small or large scale drawings in multiple media.
- 600 pages ( 300-sheet) book to fill with fun drawings and artistic creations
- 75lb - acid-free bright white paper with perfect texture for drawing
- Makes a great coffee table book and awesome gift-perfect for artists and students.
- Fill with art work from you and your friends and family or watch your art progress over time in one huge book.
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An over-sized blank sketch book awaiting your artwork! It contains 300 sheets (600 pages!) of 75 lb. (110 gsm) acid-free, bright white paper sourced from sustainably managed forests. Each sheet measures 12.5"h x 10.75"w. Leave it on your coffee table and watch as the blank pages slowly fill up with treasured artwork from you, your family or friends. It makes a great-gift and is a perfect way to remember and record good times shared with family and friends, or how your own art evolves over time.
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I came across this item while searching for a hard cover book of blank pages that would not only satisfy the unbounded urge of my five year old to draw upon every blank page he sees but contain said treasures in such a way that I did not have to really put a whole lot of effort into it (having two other kids and a plethora of kid drawings everywhere as it is). I hoped as time went on, the volume would likely chronicle an upgrade in drawing skills since he is already showing some intriguing talent...(but you know, I'm his mom so take that with a grain of teary eyed salt :)
When it arrived I was amazed I could possibly have purchased this massive wonder for under $30, with free shipping no less; it certainly has some weight to it. Many other books with significantly fewer pages were in the price range of $30 and upward. My child has decimated two reams of office paper drawing sometimes just marks and miscellaneous circles and letters on a page and not wanting to reuse the back since he can see the lines through it. I wanted something with as much paper as possible. Now he has a book where every turn is a new page whether it is the back of another isn't really apparent and so he uses both sides. Not only that but he seems to take more care about filling up the page since it's a book.
To my delight, I found I could very easily tape things to the pages inside or even parts of pages he left blank, some of the items I've put in there include drawings from school, little cutout pictures he loves to make and leave around the house and I sometimes even cut small pictures he's made on a blank piece of paper and put them all on one page making a neat kind of collage interspersed with his drawings. He was also delighted by this enough that my six year old became a bit jealous and I had to spring for another one...why not? This is a fantastic way to keep their drawing treasures in one place. I've told them we'll decorate the covers with their names and whatever they want to put on it as soon as I get the other one. I've also noticed that it isn't filling up particularly fast, which to me is a wonderful aspect since it could potentially contain years of memorable child art.
In the event they discontinue drawing in it, I can still tape or glue mementos, photos and other various and sundry things to the pages. I know I need to order a third before there aren't any more since my up and coming four year old is going to need one too!
In doing all of this, I decided to purchase a smaller hardcover book for myself to contain my own drawings and things I perhaps want to keep. An artist might love to see the evolution of their drawing skills or a master scrap-booker could really find some great things to do with this book. With some imagination this is really a wonderful value and a great product.
As to the quality of materials, the black hard cover under the dustcover is a little generic but I love the fact that it is practically a blank canvas upon which my little ones, or anyone for that matter, can create their own unique cover (it is a bit bumpy, not flat). To me, the dust jacket looks like an advertisement for the book, but again, it was just more motivation to remove it and decorate the cover. The paper inside is a nice heavy stock, not particularly bright white so bear that in mind if you are a more discerning artist, however it holds up well, doesn't tear easily and the pages are bound nice and tight in the book. I can't imagine this binding falling apart very easily even after years of use.
All in all I think this is an awesome product and would highly recommend it to anyone with some creative ideas and a need for such a volume of blank pages.
First, they are both the very same size and same number of pages. The black cover on front and back are the same and the books are hard to tell apart. The cover is very similar to those World Book Encyclopedias from yesteryear, but in black.
1. This one has an indented Art stamp in the middle bottom back cover. The Artlicious Book has no stamp.
2. The Art Alternatives Book has very bright white pages and the Artlicious pages are more of a light vanilla white color. At least the one I got.
I wanted one for writing in a huge book, so the Artlicious Book is perfect for that. I like the light vanilla white pages for an old book feel and I also didn't want or need an Art stamp on the back cover since I am making it a book. Also the front cover of the Artlicious Book was slightly beat up from shipping, I am sure that is where it got the beating, but it posed well for what I am using it for - a book.
I wanted the other book for drawing my sketches in and the Art Alternative is perfect for that. The bright white pages are just slightly rougher pages than the Artlicious, but are perfect for my sketches. The Artlicious Book has just slightly smoother pages and that is perfect for writing on with pen. Also since it is my sketch book, the Art stamp is fine.
So in all I like both really well, and it goes without saying that about everyone commented on, but these books are HUGE! Don't think you can haul one off to the field for sketches, but for home sketch-work, this is perfect. Again, in my opinion having both books, if you are making a book, the Artlicious Book is the one get. For sketches, the Art Alternatives is awesome.
The reason I am giving this book four stars and not five is the book was sealed in plastic and so this had to happen at the factory, but the first page was tore off, one forth of it was completely tore off. I just cut that page out and all the rest were fine and I didn't want to risk getting another since the covers and pages are perfect on this one and so I don't have one page. There are so many pages anyway, so 299 pages left is fine with me. Hence though the four stars as this was from the factory that this had to have happened at, so someone was a sleep at the switch who inspects the pages. Hope this helps you on which one to buy and for what.