Handmade Sketchbooks for Artists
Each sketchbook is hand made by me. I personally cut the front and back covers, cut to size the Kraft cover stock, and carefully create a beautiful cover for each notebook. Each are truly a one-of-a-kind.
I make three sizes: large 6”x12”, medium 4.5” x 8.5” and my personal favorite–a square 6”x6” version. Occasionally I will make an odd-ball size out of left-over materials - nothing gets wasted!
Each sketchbook contains 60 sheets of sturdy 80lb Kraft cover stock. Each sheet is a beautiful, rich, earthy tan color with random natural fibers and speckles showing through. It’s perfect for providing a good middle tone value for a drawings and paint sketches. The paper has a smooth surface. It’s easy to draw on with artist pens and markers, oil paint and gouache. When using oil paint, you may want to lay in a quick coat of clear acrylic medium to prevent the oil paint from breaking down the paper over time. I’ve used fountain pens, Sakura Micron pens, Winsor and Newton Brush Markers, and Faber-Castell brush pens with good success on this paper. There is little or no bleed through when using Sharpie markers.
For the largest sketchbook, I use stiff, triple-thick chip board. This makes for a firm, strong, steady backing for drawing and painting out in the field or in the studio. For the smaller sketchbooks I use double-thick chip board which is good enough for their size and weight.
The front cover is cut from double-thick chip board. I custom wrap the cover with a premium Italian acid free paper from Cavallini Papers & Co. Inc. For each cover, I select a section of Cavallini wrap containing a beautiful, whimsical vintage print. No two covers are exactly alike!
I punch square holes for a classier look in each sketchbook and then bind the front cover, Kraft paper pages, and back cover together with 1” black 2:1 twin-loop binding wire. This allows the sketchbook to lay flat - no matter which page you are working on.
Since each sketchbook is a one-of-a-kind creation, please allow 2 - 5 business days for me to prepare your sketchbook for shipping. Price includes shipping in the USA. Oversea customers please contact me for a custom quote on shipping.
Large 6” x 12”
Great for painting studies, sketches, color swatches, NOTANs, and more, with plenty of room for copious notes. The extra strong triple thick chipboard back provides a firm working surface in the field or studio.
Medium 6” x 6”
Analog Instagram in a convenient and portable size.
60 pages of sturdy 80lb Tan Kraft Cover Stock
Sturdy enough for oil paint (prime before using), gouche, ink, markers, and pencil with no bleed through. The tan color and natural speckling of the fibers of the paper provide a beautiful mid-tone background for your field studies and sketches.
Custom Wrap Double Thick Chipboard Cover and Back
Large Sketchbook has triple thick chipboard for extra sturdiness. The covers are beautiful retro designs printed on Italian paper.
Each sketchbook is unique, handmade by Carl Olson
Each sketchbook is beautiful imperfect - one of a kind. Blemishes and irregularities are a feature!