Start Putting Your Thoughts On Paper With Your Own Sketchbook

Sketch Book
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If you’re looking for a space to let your imagination run wild, express your creativity, or want an area where you can keep all your notes and jot down ideas, we recommend investing in a sketchbook. Idea for both new and seasoned artists as well as those who like to record their thoughts, outline plans, or make notes for everything from recipes to DIY projects, sketchbooks can be the place where your mind is allowed to run free.

When deciding what type of sketchbook to purchase, it’s essential to think about what you’ll be using it for. Depending on the type of medium, including pencil, charcoal, pastel or paint, different sketchbooks are better suited to different art utensils.

If you want to be able to remove the pages to display your art or you want to be able to pass a note along to a friend, a sketchbook with perforated pages will work well for your needs.

It’s also important to consider how often and where you’ll be using your sketchbook. If you want to be able to take your sketchbook with you everywhere you go in order to be prepared whenever inspiration strikes, a smaller book with a durable cover is best. If the sketchbook is going to stay at your desk or on your bedside table (dream inspirations!), a more substantial book may be more appropriate.

Whatever sketchbook you decide to purchase, don’t be afraid to make mistakes with your art. Practice every day or as often as you can, and let your inspiration flourish. And most importantly, have fun!

1. Strathmore 400 Series Sketch Pad

Designed for advanced artists who want to use pastels, graphite pencils, colored pencils, charcoal, a sketching stick and more, the Strathmore 400 Series Sketch Pad sets the standard for sketchbooks.

Pros: The Strathmore comes with 100 sheets in its 9-inch x 12-inch wire-bound book. Each page is perforated for easy removal and the durable book has a heavy chipboard backing that provides a sturdy surface. The thick and textured pages have a fine tooth surface that can handle all types of writing and art instruments as well as repeated erasing. Strathmore uses acid-free paper to provide longevity to whatever type of art you create in the pages of the sketchbook.

Cons: Customers advise against using the Strathmore for paint, whether it’s acrylics or watercolor.

Strathmore 400 Series Sketch Pad

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2. illo Sketchbook

For a sketchbook on the go we recommend the illo, which has a hard front and back cover. With a hardcover made from vegan-friendly PU leather, the illo Sketchbook is durable enough to take anywhere.

Pros: The sketchbook comes with 112 heavyweight pages and works with pens, pencils, inks, pastels, markers, and can be used with light watercolor paint. We also like that the book measures 8 inches by 8 inches, perfect for sharing square images of your art on Instagram. The illo also comes with a fabric bookmark to help you find your place, making this a sketchbook that could also work as a journal or notebook.

Cons: Unlike the Strathmore and ARTEZA, the illo doesn’t have perforated pages, making it difficult to remove individual sheets. The illo paper isn’t acid free, which cuts down on cost, but also cuts down on the longevity of the artwork in the book.

illo Sketchbook

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3. ARTEZA Sketch Book

Compact and sold in a set of three, the ARTEZA Sketch Book measures 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches, making it a great size for adults and kids.

Pros: The ARTEZA comes in a set of three sketchbooks, which each book containing 100 pages. The ARTEZA are the smallest sketchbooks on our list, making them ideal for traveling. The spiral bound notebook has perforated edges for easy removal and the thick, acid-free paper works with pens, pencils and pastels, boasting minimal bleed-through and fading.

Cons: Customers note that the ARTEZA are better suited for beginner artists and find that the flimsy cover means the book can easily be crushed in a backpack.

ARTEZA Sketch Book

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