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Will J Bailey

Handmade Sketchbook with Saunders Waterford 300gsm Watercolour Paper 19x14cm

Handmade Sketchbook with Saunders Waterford 300gsm Watercolour Paper 19x14cm

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I designed this handmade hardback sketchbook with 300gsm Saunders Waterford 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: 19x14cm portrait, with a watermark on some pages. May be deckled on all sides or on two sides with one cut edge.

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 36 reviews
Brenda Bennett
My god, what are you waiting for, man! Get you one of these badboys!

I have the honor of owning one of these beautiful heirloom quality books, and can't say enough good things about Will's work in putting these together. I like to use mixed media. The paper stands up well to experimentation using all sorts of wash and layering techniques, and after I've been playing around with them for a while, filled-in sketchbooks make a lovely gift that my friends and family can all treasure. I will be a repeat buyer.

Excellent well made sketchbooks

Will’s books are extraordinary. Exceptionally crafted, high quality paper - detail to professional and beautiful design. Highly recommend.

Thank you so much Carol! I'm really happy that you like your books

Mary Graham
Exquisite Sketchbooks

This is the third sketchbook I’ve purchased from Will Bailey. I like this smaller size, as it is easier for travel and working outdoors. The quality of the paper and binding is consistently excellent. The book arrived on time, carefully packaged, and I couldn’t be happier.

Thank you so much Mary - for your kind review, and for your repeat business. I really appreciate it!

Heidi Chapman
Hot Press Sketchbooks

Will's hardbound hot press and cold press sketchbooks are exquisite. He uses high quality paper and creates a collector's binding. His softbound hot press sketchbooks are slim and light -easy to slip into bags for quick trips. Will is a master artisan. Enjoy!

Thank you Heidi! I really appreciate your repeat business. I'm really glad you like your books. Thank you so much for your kind words

Robert Patterson
The Perfect Sketchbook

Will truly has mastered his craft and perfected this lost art. His sketchbooks are beautifully made with great care and attention. And from the moment of ordering one of his books to the moment you receive it, Will make the experience of acquiring one of his beautiful books a true joy. An art in itself just as rare as his work. Wonderful all the way around!

Thank you Robert! It was an absolute pleasure to work with you. I'm so glad you like your books