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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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Top Customer Reviews
First off, 60 pages actually mean 30 double-sided pages. I know, this is pretty crappy advertising. Just know that going in to this pocket sketchboook that if you want 60 pages, you'll be watercoloring on both sides of the page. I had planned on doing this anyway, so it did not deter my purchase. The paper IS impressive. It absolutely can handle a watercolor painting on each side. I've included an example of the first two watercolor sketches I did. They are on opposite sides of the same page and were heavily layered.
Some have complained about the top binding. I actually prefer this as I'm not trying to paint in the edges nor do I have difficulties positioning my hand for brush strokes. I find the top binding is easier to hold open while working.
The size is perfect. I use a Van Gogh 12 color travel palette, also pictured and I just use a rubber band to hold them both together as they are almost identical in size.
Others have criticized the ability to remove pages from the journal. I can't speak to that, as I don't intend to remove pages. I will high-res scan any pieces that I like to frame or sell as prints. Aside from that, a razor blade or exacto knife should remedy any difficulty removing pages and I would assume most artists/crafty folks have one lying around for various projects.
The price for the paper quality and convenience is fair in my opinion. Ten bucks is on the low end of what I'm used to spending on various supplies and this should last me 2 months.
Overall, it's a great quality book that works absolutely perfectly for my needs.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The paper in this sketchbook leaves something to be desired, however, the size is perfect, and the cover/presentation of the sketchbook is also quite nice. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love this sketchbook for my watercolors! The elastic helps smooth out any warping because it's such a good strength and the cover is sturdy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alayna
I use this for my watercoloring. Paper is good quality. Does not bleed through. Dries flat. beautiful.Published 1 month ago by Sabrina Fung
LOVE THIS!! Exactly what I wanted. Great quality paper — doesn't curl or bleed over.Published 1 month ago by Melody W.
Would give it a 3.5 but thats not an option. Its a decent little watercolor sketchbook and I the size(3.5 by 5.5 I believe) is perfect for what I need it for. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sierra
VERY small, if you like small watercolor drawings this is for you, but the paper easily buckles. Not worth the price in my opinion.Published 1 month ago by Miki