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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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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.
When you open it up, it has an area where you can write your name to claim it as your own. At the end of the notebook, there's a small pocket. There's also an elastic band that wraps around to keep your notebook closed!
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.
Nice sturdy paper. Absorbs color a bit faster than I like (not much chance for lifting color back off or scraping) but for quick urban sketches/watercolors it meets the criteria for being extremely portable and of decent quality.
Much better to have something available for spur of the moment pieces that is decent quality than to not have anything available because you can only use the highest quality paper.
I'll buy it again when this one is full.
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