|My collection of black books jumbled onto one shelf.|
|Moleskine watercolour sketchbooks. Pocket|
on left. The others are 5 of the 'large' and two of the 'folio'.
Moleskine Watercolour NotebooksOf all the sketchbooks I have tried, my favourite for painting are the Moleskine Watercolour Notebooks. These are made with 200gsm cold-pressed white watercolour paper that is designed to be the same surface on both sides. It is also thick enough to take paint on both sides and takes watercolour washes well. Being cold pressed it is not completely smooth but is also nice to use for pen and ink and pencil drawing.
The Moleskine watercolour notebooks come in landscape format in Pocket (A6), Large (A5), Folio Album (A4) and a larger Folio Album (A3). You can see them all here. They all have an elastic closure, which is helpful if the book is rattling around in a bag, and a pocket for extra papers or notes in the back, features that have been copied extensively in recent years. I have had a pocket version, on the left of the picture, since 2006, and it is a lovely little watercolour book but I prefer to carry a the larger A5 book with me these days, along with a Stillman & Birn Alpha Pocket notebook, which I'll show you in part 2.
|The Large Moleskine Watercolour Notebook from the Moleskine.com website.|
|Large watercolour sketchbook used horizontally.|
|Large watercolour sketchbook used vertically|
|Large watercolour sketchbook with image extended partially across the page.|
|'Every Watercolour' sketchbook - one of the cool blues pages.|
|A mixing wheel with Transparent Red Oxide mixed with some warm and cool yellows, blues and reds|
|A colour wheel using opaque earth colours. On the right are other compatible colours.|
|Ultramarine, page from my Moleskine Watercolour Folio on Daniel Smith watercolours. In the left margin are other Ultramarine paints by other manufacturers for comparison.|