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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 have bought this superb paper for about a year now. I have left many reviews for it. I can't praise it highly enough. To get 100% cotton paper for such a good price plus getting 20 sheets of it per pad, makes a huge difference as other paper I bought in the past only have 12 sheets. Overall I recommend everyone gives it a try and see for yourselves why this paper is outstanding.
I have been using this 100% cotton paper for some time. I like how it handles my paints, including my Zen Art paints. My paintings are diverse, from wet-in-wet to dry painting. The paper handles both styles exceptionally well. In all my years of painting I've found this paper to be the very best. I can recommend it to new to watercolour painting people, hobbyist, like myself to professional artists. It gives Arches paper a good run and for the money I don't believe you will get a better paper at a much lower cost as this is. Many thanks to all of the staff at Zen Arts for superb customer service its second to none.
Hi Carol, thank you SO much for sharing your thoughts on our Watercolor Pads! We're glad to know that you love the quality of the paper to support your diverse painting styles.
Thank you as well for appreciating our service - your review means a lot to us and lets us know that we're in the right track. Have fun, and let us know if you need assistance with anything - we're here for you. -Johanna
I have never been able to find quality like this 100% cotton paper before I found ZenArt. It may sound insignificant as to which paper one uses.It isn't. I can see the difference in my work. I'm vey fussy when it comes to my watercolour painting materials and spare no money to buy the very best of everything. Finding this paper at such a small price is fabulous.I recommend it to both beginners and pofessionals alike.I'm a watercolour hobbiest, I have sold a few over many years. You wiil also be in good hands as the staff are helpfull and a pleasure to deal with. I oder in batches from 3 to 5 ppads at a time, I never want to run out.
Thank you so much for the absolutely fantastic review of your Watercolor Pads! We think you have identified everything that we consider to be stand out features in them. Really nicely reviewed, plenty of detail and feedback which is so useful to us and others looking for an outstanding product, beginners and professionals alike.
We appreciate the very well-written and descriptive review, the photo you shared to illustrate for us, and ofcourse your continued support to our small family business! Please don't hesitate to message us for anything. You can also reach us through our social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram @zenartsupplies.
Have an awesome creative journey,
I found my first large pad on Amazon. After the first use, I ordered another. I was amazed at how it felt so different to paint on 100% cotton paper. It amazed me that I could actually feel the quality as I painted. I have never used cheap quality paper but I couldn't aford Arches paper very often. I think this equals Arches for quality but is a fraction of the price. I've since ordered 8 more pads fron ZenArt and will continue to do so. In all my many, many years of watercolour painting, I've found the very best. Also the company are lovely to buy from. I was kept informed at all times and I feel proud of everyone at ZenArt.
Hi Carol! We genuinely appreciate the time you took to share your experience with others. Your review not only encourages us but also helps fellow artists make informed decisions about their artistic supplies. Your support plays a vital role in spreading the word about our products and values.
Once again, thank you for choosing our Watercolor Pads and for being a part of our creative community. We're committed to continually enhancing our offerings and serving you with the best we have to offer. If you ever have any questions, suggestions, or if there's anything else we can do to enhance your artistic endeavors, please don't hesitate to reach out.
I bought my first 12" x 16" paper yesterday from Amazon U.K. Today I ordered another. At the end of this month I will buy 10 more. It really is the best 100% cotton paper I have used. I've tried many in my 73 years, for the money it's better value than Arches.
This paper is great quality at a wonderful price. I paint a lot so I was looking for a cost effective, 140lb 100% cotton paper. It absorbs nicely, dries quickly with little to no warping and I like the two sided binding. You can lift a little, but I would say you have to work fairly quickly on this paper. I am truly impressed. Please consider making/selling full sheet (22x30) paper.
This paper is great quality and the price is amazing. I was looking for a lower cost 140lb 100% cotton paper and I found my new go to. I am truly impressed. Please consider making/selling full sheet (22x30) paper.
The paper is with high quality. Hold lots of water and tough for modification. Perfect for wet on wet. The sizing may have some issues if you live in humid areas like Houston. Seal the paper in bag with silicone packs.
Good quality 100% cotton paper. Works very well for multiple layers of paint: Doesn’t buckle!
Superb quality, keeps the vibrancy of watercolour, allows for multiple glazing, just wish it was a little bit cheaper than originally priced.