Because I’m in a sharing mood, I’m posting photos of my sketchbooks below and inserted links under the last photo.
Filled sketchbooks 2014-2015 (10):
The two on top I made myself with pages from a Strathmore 300 Series 140lb cold press watercolour pad. A couple of these sketchbooks were designed for dry media but because I love watercolour, I used watercolour pencils and paint in them. Of course the paper buckled but I like to see the buckled pages from the side.
Sketchbooks currently in use (5):
On the left: two different sizes of Moleskine Art Plus Watercolour Album 140lb. 3.5″ x 5.5″ (140lb) which I always keep in my small art-on-the-go kit in my bag, and 5.5″ x 8.5″ (140lb) for my daily sketching sessions, challenges, and monthly Sketch Meets.
On the right: U.S. Art Supply sketchbook (60 lb paper) for pencil doodling, Strathmore 4.5″ x 6″ (140 lb) for testing colours and new watercolour supplies, and subject studies, and Darice Studio 71 5.5″ x 8.5″ sketchbook for random watercolour sketches and practicing pencil drawings.
Sketchbooks in waiting (8):
Back left to right: Darice Studio 71 5.5′ x 8.5″ 90lb paper, Strathmore 5.5″ x 8″ Visual Watercolour Journal 140lb paper, Stillman & Birn Beta Series 5.5″ x 8.5″ sketchbook 180lb paper, Stillman & Birn Zeta Series 5.5 x 8.5″ sketchbook 180lb paper
Front left to right: Pentalic 3.5″ x 5.5″ 140lb watercolour sketchbook, Pentalic 4″ x 6″ Accordion 140lb watercolour sketchbook, Pentalic 4″ x 7″ 140lb watercolour sketchbook, and Moleskine Art Plus Watercolour Album 3.5″ x 5.5″ 140lb paper.
For now, I am partial to sketchbooks in 3″ x 5″ and 5″ x 8″ sizes (just to round them off). I plan to introduce 7″ x 10″ sizes in the near future for home use, Sketch Meets, and planned plein air sessions. Of course, I’ll keep using the smaller sizes – at home and always one in my bag when I am out and about running errands, shopping, and other life outings – you know, just in case I happen upon something to sketch. Softcover sketchbooks are nice and all (lighter) but I prefer hardcover and thread bound to spiral. Additionally, although, I am not averse to adding watercolour to my sketches on paper meant for dry media, I will no longer buy dry media sketchbooks. My money is going towards mixed media (with a textured surface) and more particularly, watercolour sketchbooks (140lb and up in hot and cold press finishes) all the way.