Watercolor Sketchbook by Hahnemühle, Alpha Cellulose Paper, 95lb/200gsm


Watercolor Sketchbook, Various Sizes
Alpha Cellulose Paper, lignin-free, sourced from FSC- or PEFC-certified sustainably managed forests
95lb. / 200 gsm
Cold Pressed
Natural White
Externally & Internally Sized
Fourdrinier-Made Paper
30 Sheets / 60 Pages
Acid Free
Rigid Covers
Rounded Corners
Made in Germany


  • A6 / 14.8cm x 10.5cm / 5.8in x 4.1in, Landscape
  • A5 / 21cm x 14.8cm / 8.3in x 5.8in, Landscape


This sketchbook is the answer to the watercolor sketchbook conundrum.  So many sketchbooks either do not contain true watercolor paper, or the watercolor paper they contain is very thick, rendering the book expensive and cumbersome, and something that will be full in only a few pages.

I have used this particular sketchbook for years now, specifically for my thirty day projects.  I love how durable the covers and binding are.  The paper holds up well to washes and many layers of paint being built up.  Pages will develop a wave to them, but not the extreme warping and puckering of sketch papers.

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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