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Will J Bailey

Handmade Sketchbook with Fabriano Artistico 300gsm Watercolour Paper 28x19cm

Handmade Sketchbook with Fabriano Artistico 300gsm Watercolour Paper 28x19cm

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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: 28x19cm portrait, 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 63 reviews
Marielle Weichert
Handmade sketchbook

Very very beautiful bond sketchbook with high quality paper. This one is going to last a lifetime. And very well wrapped and packed, arrived perfectly, thank you so much!

Sarah Strickland
Beautifully made & carefully packaged

Purchased as a gift and the sketchbook arrived promptly, perfectly made and carefully packaged.

Thank you so much Sarah!

David King
High Quality Sketchbooks

I highly recommend Will J Bailey’s high quality sketchbooks. The ordering process is simple, Will is very communicative on order status, and the books themselves are so nice.

Thank you David! I'm really glad you like your book

Robert Patterson
The Perfect Sketchbook

Will truly has made the perfect sketchbook. I am amazed at how beautifully made his books are. The binding is flawless and the cover handsome. Not a simple accomplishment using 300gsm Fabriano Paper. A lost art that Will has revived and perfected. Equally rare is the personal care and attention he offered me as a client. He communicated with me throughout the process and went out of his way to make sure my books arrived securely. I cannot praise Will’s work or the buying experience he offers enough. A true pleasure and a wonderful surprise!

Thank you so much Robert - for your order and for your kind and thoughtful words I'm so glad you're happy with your books!

Beautiful journal.

The paper in the journal is beautiful and the journal is made so well. I love it!! Worth every penny!!!

Thank you so much - for your order and your kind review! I'm really glad you like your book ☺️