Watercolor Sketchbook by Hahnemühle, Alpha Cellulose Paper, Spiral Bound, 188lb/400gsm, Square

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Watercolor Sketchbook, Spiral Bound, Square
Alpha Cellulose Paper, lignin-free, sourced from FSC- or PEFC-certified sustainably managed forests
188lb. / 400 gsm
Cold Pressed
Natural White
Externally & Internally Sized
Fourdrinier-Made Paper
15 Sheets / 30 Pages
Acid Free
Made in Germany

Size: 19cm x 20cm / 7.5 in x 7.9in., Landscape


So often, it is convenient to have your sketchbook lay completely flat or to be able to fold back the cover entirely - only a spiral binding can really do that.  There are not as many spiral-bound sketchbooks on the market, and even fewer with watercolor paper.  This sketchbooks offers a nice, portable size with a landscape orientation, and a nice thick spiral bind. 

We are carrying this option specifically for those of you who seek out spiral bound sketchbooks!  Further, it is unusual to find a square (or nearly square, in this case) format spiral bound watercolor sketchbook.  We are happy to have found one!

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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