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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 34 reviews
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

Lovely experience

Lovely experience buying and using this sketchbook

Thank you so much!!

Hannah Honda
I can’t wait to buy more!!

From the moment I heard about these handmade sketchbooks I was hooked. From first inquiry to purchase and then delivery to the US, the whole experience was fabulous! My sketchbook is just so incredibly beautiful & now I’ve filled it, I spend so much time flicking through it- it’s such a treasure…I’m already planning on buying my second! The paper, the binding- it’s just such an upgrade for my painting & journaling! I would HIGHLY recommend this as a gift or for those of you who love to create!!

Thank you so much for your very kind and thoughtful review Hannah! I really appreciate your feedback. I'm so glad you like your book - it makes me very happy to see it filled with beautiful artwork