|Item Weight||1.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||11.2 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches|
|Item model number||STR-566-8|
|Number of Items||1|
|Size||8.5 by 11"|
|Manufacturer Part Number||62566800|
Strathmore Mixed Media Art Journal, 8.5 by 11-Inch, 64 Pages
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- Strathmore 500 series mixed media features Professional quality paper that is internally sized for wet media with a durable vellum finish for drawing techniques
- Excellent for watercolor, gouache, Acrylic, Graphite, pen & ink, colored pencil, marker, Pastel and collage
- This item is manufactured in United States
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Strathmore 500 series mixed media features professional quality paper that is internally sized for wet media with a durable vellum finish for drawing techniques. Excellent for watercolor, gouache, acrylic, graphite, pen & ink, colored pencil, marker, pastel and collage. 100percent cotton fiber, acid free, lignin free, archival, 90lb paper. Durable smyth-sewn binding allows pages to lay flatter inside the lightly textured, matte Dark Chocolate brown cover. This item is manufactured in United States.
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But this sketchbook did wonderfully. It handles wet washes very well (although it is only 90lb paper so you shouldn't expect too much from it, I know I haven't been treating it like watercolor paper). Ink and graphite go on smoothly. Due to the slightly cold pressed like texture, colored pencil drawings develop a slightly textured look as well. Although, I must say that the texture is smoother on the back of the paper than the front side. Acrylics also apply very smoothly and look beautiful on the white pages.
The only real downsides were that there were only 32 actual pieces of paper (64 if you're a front and back side kind of person), and that Copic alcohol markers bled through the paper almost immediately. I have yet to try out my Prismacolor markers in this sketchbook, But as those are also alcohol based markers, I'm sure that they will bleed through as well.
All in all, I would say this is a pretty solid sketchbook. It handles wet washes much, much better than the Canson Mixed Media Sketchbook, and is more fun to ink on than other mixed media sketchbooks as well. If you're an artist who tends to only use one side of your paper, or who works heavily with alcohol based makers, this is not the mixed media book for you. Otherwise, I'd say it's easily one of the best affordable mixed media sketchbooks around.
It's also bound beautifully, so it lays flat for multi-page creating.
While it holds up to watercolor, it does not behave like watercolor paper. It's not pebbled like cold press, or even as much as many drawing papers - the surface reminds me of Fabriano's soft press, which is what I mainly use. There's also not a ton of sizing, so you're not going to be doing any significant lifting of paint, and very watery strokes may spread a bit more than they would on watercolor paper- but I've found it to be a pretty insignificant amount. I've done watercolor calligraphy on it without issue.
I love it. I'd pretty much written all Strathmore products off as student-grade, and have been mostly making my journals myself, trying to combine different papers to get all of the qualities I wanted. I'm so glad a friend turned me on to these journals iinstead. Some days I like working with this paper better than my artist's quality watercolor paper.