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Bee Paper Super Deluxe Sketch Pad, 9-Inch by 12-Inch
- Super Deluxe sketch book
- Double sized paper allows wet media
- Archival quality and acid free
- Heavyweight drawing paper
- Classic white natural sheet
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#808 Super Deluxe sketch book utilizes a 93-Pound (152 grams per square meter) neutral pH, archival quality heavyweight drawing paper. Classic white natural sheet. Double sized to accept wet media. For use with bold pencil, crayon, charcoal and watercolor. Acid free. Pad contains 60 sheets in a double wire bound pad.
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Bee Paper Super Deluxe Sketch Book
The Only Sketch Book You Will Ever Need
Heavyweight Sketch is 93 lb, (152 gsm) acid free archival quality drawing paper. This natural white sheet has two distinct surfaces. The top side of the sheet has tooth for dry media and works well as a cold pressed watercolor sheet. The bottom side is fabulous with pen and ink and works well as a hot pressed sheet for watercolor and other mixed media.
Double Wire Binding
The double wire binding creates a flat surface, allowing the artist to draw across the page.
Water-Resistant Hard Cover
The water-resistant cover can be personalized with acrylics to make your journal your own! Extra heavy weight 100% recycled chipboard back is perfect for field work.
- Weight: 93 lb. (152 gsm)
- Surface: Dual Surface, Textured and Smooth
- Mediums: Pencil, Pen and Ink, Crayon, Chalk, Charcoal, Pastel and Light Washes
- Available in numerous sizes of pads, sheet packs, and rolls
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Top Customer Reviews
The pages are white and bright and SUPER sturdy. They hold up to a ton of water. I literally put puddles of water all over the first page and while there was some *slight* buckling there was NO seeping through to the back of the paper at all.
And the book is packed with paper- 60 sheets! That's amazing.
The issue for me is that the pigment in the watercolors fade considerably on this paper- I tested it with a variety of paints, everything from Holbein to Twinkling H2Os and all the colors faded quite a bit when painted on this particular paper when compared to regular, run-of-the-mill watercolor paper. I'm super obsessed with color, and with the crisp and bright gradients of color that happen with controlled washes, so to see the colors fade so much was a huge disappointment. I haven't tried treating the paper with a wash of gum arabic before painting- that might help. But I was hopeful this paper might be sort of a lightweight watercolor paper, and it's not. It can handle the water and the moisture, but it sucks in the color.
While I won't dedicate this pad to watercolor work, it is absolutely perfect for art journaling (probably *the* best art journal I have found- large, sturdy, perfect for mixed media, tons of pages, perfect size...) and a variety of other mediums- ink drawing, markers, pastels, etc. Anything *mostly* dry, or anything that you use a layer of gesso for would be an ideal use for this journal.
The water resistant cover is nice, and the paper inside is not bad, and the range of sizes available is really nice. It's just not the all-purpose sheet that they make it out as. It can take wet or dry media, but it isn't ideal for either one.
As an alternative, I suggest Strathmore's mixed media vellum visual journals: http://www.amazon.com/Strathmore-Visual-Journal-Spiral--Mixed/dp/B003YIZ0DW/ It's better at accepting watercolor, it seems to smudge less with dry media, and you get two water-resistant covers (front and back) instead of just one. And as of this writing, it's about half the price.