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Moleskine Art Plus Watercolor Album, A4, Black, Hard Cover (12 x 8.5) (Professional Folio Series) Hardcover – April 15, 2009
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Needless to say, the idea of painting in a sketchbook gave me some pause.
This book is really nice, but it's the paper that counts for serious watercolor techniques, right? So what do we have: The paper is a cold press, rough surface. It holds up well to vigorous erasing. Ink does not bleed through to the other side and it holds a colored pencil line well. The paper does curl, as any watercolor paper will unless it is soaked and stretched flat on a board. I work in very light, multiple washes, going over the same area many times with glazes, on only one side of the paper. It handles that technique very well, and over time the pages will flatten out again as the book covers help to press it back into shape.
The product picture shows the book in the vertical orientation and you might think that it opens like a book, but it doesn't. If you use it this way it's going open like a note pad. If you want the option for double page spreads, turn it to the horizontal orientation. It's an extreme landscape, very wide spreads. Something to consider if layout is important to your finished art.
If you are looking for a quality book that can give you both good paper and a stunning presentation, try this one. I liked it very much. If there is one thing I'd change, it would be a tougher cover, one that resists fingerprints from all the people who want to snatch my sketchbook!
I needed an art book for traveling to Europe. So, I needed something with a hard cover that could fit into my bag and could handle a bit of a beating, this book fit all those needs. I'm a discreet-artist and I don't like showing off my work while I'm out, this book is just the right size and shape to be unassuming when you're in the mood for a quick draw. This book also has a great presentation factor if you're looking to showcase your work to someone. It's great as both a personal and professional art book.
-This paper does wrinkle when you apply watercolor, but it flattens when it dries once you put the cover over it and put the gentle-pressure of the band around so the problem solves itself. If you're concerned about wrinkling, I can easily see someone stretching the paper and pinning/clipping it down to minimize wrinkles.
-This book isn't just able to handle watercolor, but most water-base mediums and more. I use ink as well as ball point pen, pencil, watercolor/colored pencils and this paper is versatile in handling what I throw at it.
-Both my cons are of personal preference. The book is not a spiral bind. I prefer to hold my book in one hand if I have to and utilizing every corner. I find that difficult with this book.
-The book is long and narrow, so if you do landscapes this is great, but if you are more of a loose-goose artist like me who is accustomed to painting big and elaborate pieces, this book will feel like a ipod mini.
I've read elsewhere that Moleskine paper quality can vary so I probably won't give up on this notebook all together but I am disappointed the quality on this book is lacking.
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