|Item Weight||4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||9 x 0.8 x 12 inches|
|Item model number||STR-460-39|
|Number of Items||1|
|Size||9 by 12"|
|Manufacturer Part Number||ST460-39|
Strathmore Visual Journal Spiral Bound Art Pad, 9 by 12-Inch, Bristol Smooth
|Price:||$11.56 & FREE Shipping on orders over $25. Details|
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- Vellum finish is great for any dry media including pencil, charcoal, and pastel
- This item is Acid Free
- This item is manufactured in United States
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Vellum finish is great for any dry media including pencil, charcoal, and pastel. Also good for pen and ink, marker, and collage. Smooth surface is excellent for traditional and specialty pen and ink techniques, marker, and collage. 100 lb. Acid-free. This item is manufactured in United States.
Top Customer Reviews
But bristol board has always been sold in formats that have frustrated me. Most come in low page-count pads that use an adhesive tape on one end as the binding, so whenever you turn the page you're forced to irreparably break the binding and tear loose the page you were working on. So they aren't really like sketchbooks at all, since as soon as you turn the page it basically removes itself from the "book". This suuuucks. I love collecting my art in actual sketchbooks I can save or pull from if I want and it's really annoying to have to instead collect loose paper drawings from these break away pads, just because I prefer the quality of bristol board. The solution for me until recently has been Moleskine sketchbooks. Their sketch models (as opposed to their other non-lined notebooks) have thick, smooth, bristol boardish, paper in an off-white color. My problems with this beyond the price, is the radical inconsistency in their paper. I've had some books with warm parchment color paper, some with subtle egg shell color paper, and one with a crazzzy acidic yellow color paper. And beyond that the color erodes as you lightly erase pencil over top, making finished pieces kind of obvious roadmaps of all the trickier parts of your drawing (ie: the paper around her eyes seems awwwwful white dude, had to erase them a lot huh). Also it's annoying that the books are bound in a way the only method of extracting art is to literally dismantle the entire thing.
But this sketchbook has everything I've wanted after so many frustrating alternatives! It's just a ring-bound bristol board sketchbook! That's it! That's so weirdly hard to find I swear. If the paper were sub-par it would be notable just for the format alone, but the paper is great! The ring binding means you can flip the book in half when you're drawing instead of always laying flat, which is another problem I had with the larger moleskine book. It's annoying to flip open a book that lays flat like 16"x22" when you're only drawing on half of that. The pages here aren't perforated, but that just makes it less likely stuff will fall out with use, and you can see the rings so cutting out the art is about as easy as it can be.
As far as the paper quality it's smooth (like realllllly smooth even for bristol) without any tooth to speak of. Pencils glide around as if on an ice rink, particularly ones with a softer lead, making this an ideal surface for more line-heavy illustration. Think like comic book or tattoo art. It also takes to ink incredibly well and pencils erase easily underneath, no bleeding around the edges of lines with either fountain or dipping pens. And the pages are thick (like realllllly thick) which is a quality I've always liked about bristol board. When you finish a piece, or a sketch accidentally becomes something more like a finished work, you have it on something really substantial and high quality feeling in your hands. It feels even thicker than most card stocks. I'm a big fan of the paper.
Side note: this is a silly detail but when I ordered this sketchbook the cover on the listing really bothered me. It just felt kind of childish and not particularly serious. But get this... It tears away to reveal a hella classy hard cardboard cover!! Why this isn't pictured on the listing I'll never know, it's shiny brown carboard in a faux snake skin kind of pattern on both the front and back cover. Really pleasant surprise.
I am wildly impressed! The paper is THICK — like a very heavy card stock (100 lb. basis weight - 260 grams/square meter). There is NO show-through (I can only see from the other side if I hold the paper up to a light source.)
I've been using Pigma Microns, and it feels like this paper and the pens were made for each other.
For the price, I cannot imagine a better deal.
Also, in case you were wondering, the cheesy cover page is meant to be torn off. The real cover (both front and back) is very thick and sturdy cardboard, shiny brown with a printed pebble effect.
I have found my ideal journal! I plan to try out all the different paper types eventually, along with the smaller size, which looks great for bringing with you anywhere.
Of course it's nice for drawing too! I plan to try adding watercolor washes to sketches done in acrylic ink.