Watercolor Accordion Sketchbook by Hahnemühle, Alpha Cellulose Paper, 140lb/300gsm

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Watercolor Accordion Sketchbook, Various Sizes
Alpha Cellulose Paper, lignin-free, sourced from FSC- or PEFC-certified sustainably managed forests
140lb. / 300 gsm
Cold Pressed
Natural White
Externally & Internally Sized
Fourdrinier-Made Paper
1 Sheet (Accordion style)
Acid Free
Rigid Covers
Corner Elastic
Rounded Corners
Made in Germany


  • 5cm x 5cm / 2in x 2in, Square
  • 14cm x 14cm / 5.5in x 5.5in, Square


This is an accordion (or zig zag) style sketchbook that contains a single sheet of paper, folded back and forth.  This style of sketchbook allows a different method of working, where you can explore continuous narrative or ignore sequence all together.  These can make a fun single-sketchbook for a short trip, and they can be a wonderful way to break out of your creative comfort zone.

The paper in this sketchbook is made of alpha cellulose (tree pulp) is responsibly sourced from sustainably managed forests that are either FSC- or PEFC-certified.  All of the electricity  Hahnemühle uses is generated exclusively from renewable resources, such as wind, water, and solar energy.  All scraps are returned to the production cycle, and waste is recycled.  Their production process is so clean that they water used in the process does not need to be treated before being returned to its natural source.  

It was the combination of thoughtful design, durability, quality, and affordability that won me over to Hahnemühle sketchbooks.  Their environmental attention and policies have made me feel proud of my choice.

Arches vs. Hahnemühle

Arches paper is widely considered the standard in watercolor.  I use both.  Arches however does not offer the variety of papers or sketchbooks that Hahnemühle does.  Arches is gelatin-sized (an animal by-product of the meat industry).  Hahnemühle papers are starch-sized.  The main difference is that Hahnemühle papers have less open time by about 15-25%.  Just take this into account when planning washes and area size when working over a zone of your painting.


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