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by Artists for Artists
Lay-Flat Sketchbooks Non-Bleed & Biodegradable
Inspiring the Artist in Everyone
Handmade and Biodegradable
Meticulously handcrafted using recyclable materials, each sketchbook is folded, hand-stitched, and glued together to form a hard-wearing notebook that lasts.
Has 160 pages or 80 sheets of acid-free, blank ivory paper that won't reflect light in your eyes in the way ordinary white papers will. Comes in two sizes: 7 x 10 inches (B5) 5 x 7 inches (B6)
Stay Open Design
Ready for your bigger projects; Each sketchbook includes a practical inner pocket, two bookmark ribbons to help find your place quickly and elastic closure.
Soft and Sturdy
Encased in a supple water-repellant engineered leather-bound cover that will protect your work from the elements. It's scratch-resistant and easy to wipe clean.
Perfect for Art Journaling
The acid-free, heavy weight paper is durable enough for light watercolour washes, ink, markers, drawing, glue, sticky tape, rough erasing and shading
Why Choose ZenART
Purchase with a Purpose
Through B1G1, a portion of the proceeds of every ZenART fine art tool you purchase goes to supporting powerful projects that make global life-changing impacts. ZenART supports initiatives working to help women and children suffering from poverty, inequality, and injustices.
Professional Artist & Co-founder: Ardak Kassenova
We are a company founded and run by passionate artists and art enthusiasts. Ardak Kassenova created ZenART with the belief that its clients would never be just a number, but a name, and a real person. Each customer is personally invited to join the growing community of artists that she started—to support and inspire one another, and to continuously improve ZenART products based on real artist feedback.
Designed by Artists for Artists
Each ZenART fine art tool is designed and developed on close collaboration with professional artists and creatives, combined with Ardak Kassenova's personal experience.
Trusted by Professionals: ZenART Brand Ambassador Ayna Paisley
Award winning London-based professional artist Ayna Paisley(@aynapaisleyart) experiments with mixed media & collages. Having started her journey with a very traditional approach to art, she now explores the possibilities and depth that mixed media bring to her projects. Her main focus lays in working with wax - encaustic is one of her primary line of work. She is also very passionate about working with paper, particularly collage. She playfully mixes different mediums, including oil, gouache and acrylics.
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Stories from real people, real artists. Read what they have to say about our fine art tools, designed by artists, for artists.
I've really enjoyed this sketchbook over the last few months. I've been using it for line drawings and Zentangles as the thickness and smoothness of the paper lends itself nicely to that task. I love the cover material much more than a traditional leather or paper cover, it's sturdy and wipes off easily. The sheets are thick enough, but a bit thicker like 165gsm would be nice too.
I took an art class in college a long time ago and loved it. Now, I am 50 and want to start playing around with art again. I was looking for a smaller sketchbook. It's perfect! The softcover is quite flexible and durable, not to mention attractive. I find I don't mind that it's not a hardcover. This is comfortable to sketch in, and portable enough to take with me on travels. The best part is the quality of the paper! Just wow! Great value!
Have been using this sketchbook for 7 months now. As an artist, I go through lots and lots of journals- paint in them, sketch, glue photos, etc. This journal is so so durable and great for the price, protects all my pages and the quality of paper is great...will be purchasing again :)
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Frequently Asked Questions
Good question! Our sketchbooks are designed by artists for artists. Each sketchbook is meticulously handcrafted using recyclable materials, folded, hand-stitched, and glued together to form a hard-wearing notebook with a scratch-resistant wipeable cover and 180° lay-flat spine that stays open so you can work at ease. You can customize the cover and inner end-pages using acrylic paint or markers. The stylish design with the edge printing is very attractive and can be used as is or colored with your watercolors to create a unique pattern. There's a maximum possibility to express yourself with this neutral stylish design.
Our smooth 120 gsm acid-free paper is of archival quality and can withstand lots of sketching, erasing, sticking and re-attaching with sellotape or washi tape. Each sketchbook has 160 pages or 80 sheets of blank light ivory paper that is kind to your eyes, and won't reflect light to your eyes in the way ordinary white paper might.
Acid-free means that the pH level of the paper is 7.0 (neutral) or higher (alkaline). In general, acid-free papers are expected to last for decades under normal storage conditions. Don't worry; it's still biodegradable.
Our sketchbooks are encased in a durable engineered leather cover that is scratch-resistant, protecting your work from elements. You can easily customize the cover using acrylic paint or markers and make it truly your own.
It depends on your needs. If you plan on bringing the sketchbook around, while travelling, during the daily commute or to capture urban scenes on the go then opt for a B6 (5x7 inches) that you can easily fit in your purse. If you intend to work on a table at home or in your studio where you can sketch with your sketchbook laid flat, or if you tend to create bigger artwork, then we recommend you get a B5 (7x10 inches).
However, most of our customers find B5 very compact and ‘just right' size for carrying it around, too.
Our sketchbooks are perfect for sketching, art journaling and keeping your creative ideas & notes! The acid-free paper is durable enough for light watercolours, ink, markers, glue and sticky tapes for collages, rough erasing and shading. Your options are endless. You can also check for some sketchbook ideas .
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I am new to watercolor and stumbled onto ZenArt during my search for supplies and watercolor tutorials. I am so happy that I did! After reviewing products and tutorials at the ZenArt website, I joined the October Giveaway and won this sketchbook as a prize. What a wonderful gift it is, too! I had no idea using a sketchbook would be so beneficial and fun. I have to thank the other artists who left such great reviews for educating me about the various uses of a sketchbook.... I use it to practice my painting strokes, meditation doodles and paint swatching to create small artwork. Considering the weight of the paper is not as thick as most watercolor paper, I only use a small amount of water, so there is only very slight buckling of the paper. I expected this, after reading reviews from artists who use watercolor in the book. In addition, I love the feel of the cover of the sketchbook and that it includes so many pages! I look forward to carrying this little book with me, along with one of the 3 ZenArt travel watercolor palettes I ordered and will be painting up a storm. In fact, I like this sketchbook so much, I ordered a couple additional ones this size, along with the larger size. I must share that when I experienced a hiccup with my watercolor travel palette and Black Tulip paint brush order, Ryan from customer service provided me with outstanding, no EXCEPTIONAL service – this level of customer care is rare these days. I appreciate you, Ryan and I LOVE all my Zen Art products! To be sure, I will order from ZenArt with confidence in the future.
I looooove my ZenART Supplies sketchbook. I’ve been taking it everywhere with me and it’s very durable and the perfect travel size. I mostly work with markers and pen, but lately, I even tested watercolors in the sketchbook and the pages held up wonderfully! Once all the pages are filled up, I will definitely be purchasing more.
A huge thank you for taking the time to spend such nice words about our Sketchbook. It really makes us so happy when people write a product review for us because it lets us know if we're doing great or if we need to improve in areas that we can. - Ryan
I like this sketchbook so far, works great with fountain pens and watercolors (for this type of papers of course). There’s all most no ghosting, the ONLY media showed through the paper is the alcohol-based maker which is expected. I am very happy about it, gonna try more!
Hi Jessica! Wow, we were blown away by your positive words, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a detailed review. - Ryan
I filled the first page of my ZenArt Sketchbook recently, making some sketches for a bigger project. The drawing is based on a picture of my own cats, when they were just kittens (they are brothers and love eachother).
I absolutely love the quality of the paper, I worked with gouache and the paper only wrinkled a tiny bit - the elastic band helped to straighten it afterwards.
I also used some of the FineLine Miniature brushes, they worked perfectly ❤️
I love this sketchbook! It fits perfectly in my purse! Thank you zenart for making a such wonderful books at insanely low price!:heart_eyes::heart_eyes::heart_eyes:
its fine, not the best. definitely not lux but really nice for the price
Great little sketchbook, holds ink and water color well. Bit of a nasty smell to it so be prepared
super service ! Qualit incroyable et service aprs vente vraiment gnial
The feel of this book is wonder. I love the quality of the paper. I'm currently using alcohol markers and they do bleed through the page, but no feathering happens. I just slide a scrap piece of paper behind my current page to stop bleed through. 100% recommend.
honestly it changed my life for the better and makes me want to draw constantly it is too good i would buy it for 100 dollars and if i could give more than 5 stars i would you NEED this in your life