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Will J Bailey

Handmade Sketchbook with Fabriano Artistico 300gsm Watercolour Paper 14x19cm

Handmade Sketchbook with Fabriano Artistico 300gsm Watercolour Paper 14x19cm

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I designed this handmade hardback sketchbook with 300gsm Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper especially for artists, after I couldn't find one for myself.

The 100% cotton, mould-made, heavy weight paper is far superior to the cheap machine-made, wood pulp-based paper found in most sketchbooks. It is highly stable and durable, with a refined surface, resists warping with wet media, and can be worked on both sides.

As standard I use Hot Press Extra White because it is the most versatile surface; smooth enough for ink drawing yet textured enough for charcoal; suitable for highly-detailed painting in watercolour, gouache and acrylic, and oils too if primed first.  I also offer Cold Press Extra White for artists who prefer thicker, softer, more absorbent paper with a rougher texture. 

The book opens completely flat, so you can work across both pages as a single piece.

The hardback cover is made from 2.5mm board, and premium quality, tough, thick, wipeable black archival buckram.

The binding is kettle stitched, glued three times and reinforced with linen tape and mull, so it is extremely strong. Meanwhile the pH neutral glue is reversible, so the book can be deconstructed if necessary.

40 pages / 80 sides, plus two end papers made from 300gsm Bockingford watercolour paper. Paper size: 14x19cm landscape, deckled/torn on all sides with a watermark on some pages. Vegan-friendly.

All books are entirely hand-made by me in my London studio.  If you need a specific size, cover or paper please get in touch.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Use it!

This is the absolute nicest journal I have ever had and as difficult as it might be for some, I encourage you to use it, don’t save it for something really special. It is special already and your words and marks will just make it more so. Then you can justify getting another one! Will is super responsive. I communicated with him when making my purchase. This was not inexpensive but such a treasure. Thanks for doing this Will. I really don’t know how you make these, AND have time for your art. Congratulations on your quality work.

Thank you so much for your kind, thoughtful review Jennifer! I really appreciate your feedback

From Etsy

Simply the finest sketchbooks available! Great seller!!!!

Thank Lynn, I really appreciate that!

Meadow Workshop
From Etsy

This is the most beautiful sketchbook I have ever seen! The binding and paper are the highest quality. Will's sketchbooks are truly special and a rare find that I will treasure.

Thank you so much! I'm really happy you like it! ☺️

From Etsy

Amazing sketchbook and impeccable customer service!!

Thank you so much Lisa! I’m really glad you like it

From Etsy

This journal is beautiful! I can't wait to fill it!

Thank you Stephanie!