New Sketchbook from Palma Rea

One of the constant curses/delights of this sketching hobby is the fun of finding, and trying out, new materials; whether it be pens, sketchbooks or paints. It’s always fun to something new. And there always seems to be something new, waiting to be discovered too.

A cyber-friend on Facebook, Palma Rea, makes and sells handmade sketchbooks on her Etsy site.

How could I resist!

I ordered one a short ago …

Yesterday Palma messaged me, asking whether it had arrived yet.

It hadn’t.

But it arrived today. All neatly wrapped in vivid blue tissue paper.

Palma Rea parcel smWith a lovely little thank you card and a couple of extra goodies; a nice, grippy HB pencil and a Faber Castell waterproof gel pen.

My sketchbook is a bright red faux leather (which is why I used acrylics to paint it up).

Palma Rea sketchbook smIt has a couple of handy plastic pockets inside and 300gsm fabriano paper.

From Palma’s Etsy site:

The corners are protected and embellished with 2 ornate metal corners in antique silver colour.
The cover has been lined to add support and its thickness is approx 5 mm. It is soft to touch and the surface can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth.
There is an added pocket folder with a closure is handy for containing charts, ephemera , notes, pens etc

Measurements of journal : 8.5 inches x 6.5 inches

This journal is a comfortable size to take anywhere and fits easily into most bags for outdoor sketching. It contains heavy weight paper that you can also use for other mediums such as pen, ink, graphite, acrylic etc The pages do NOT curl!

I’m looking forward to starting it tomorrow.

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Sketchbooks – Moleskine

Sketchbooks, much like other materials that I use, came about as favourites purely by trial and error.
Well, actually I have to admit, not entirely.
I realise that many people prefer spiral bound sketchbooks, but I prefer hard bound. Which, unfortunately, makes finding a decent sketchbook Materials - Sketchbooks - Moleskine sm(which can lie flat whilst open) nigh on impossible.

Moleskine produces a Watercolour Notebook, which has 72 pages of archive quality (fairly) stiff paper. But only comes in landscape format. Goodness only knows why this is so, there certainly seems to be enough of a market for a portrait version of this notebook. But I fear that it is merely to distinguish this notebook from the Sketch Notebook (Which conversely, only comes in portrait, but which has smooth, ivory pages – rather too smooth to take watercolour)

The paper takes paint well and has a nice tooth for pen work.
I particularly like the versatility of the Watercolour Notebook which, when opened fully, gives a possible canvas of 41cm x 13cm (Actually I’ve recently been adapting the pages to add an extra fold out leaf to give me a 61cm width!)
It’s also fairly easy to turn 90 to work in portrait. (Although a portrait-orientated Notebook could give a canvas size of 20cm x 26cm – which would be fun)

Liz Steel recently road tested Moleskine’s newer model of their Watercolour Notebook
Read her review Here.

This is the third part of my travels through my sketching kit. Read about the other bits at these links:

Part 1: Pens

Part2: Waterbrushes

or read the whole lot, so far, on my Materials page.