Artful Painter Sketchbooks


These hand-made sketchbooks were inspired by artist Scott Christensen. When I attended his all-day demonstration at the Booth Western Art Museum, he casually picked up one of his custom-bound Kraft paper sketchbooks and showed it to us. The tan color of the thick, Kraft cover stock provides a great middle tone for sketching and painting studies. I was hooked and decided to make my own. As it turned out, I had several people ask me if I would make them one, too. I got so many requests that I decided to open up this store for your convenience.

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’ll throw in an odd-ball size to make good use of left over materials - nothing goes to waste!

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.

To order your handmade Artful Painter sketchbook, please visit my store here.

Scott Christensen shows his Kraft paper sketchbook during a demonstration at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia.

Scott Christensen shows his Kraft paper sketchbook during a demonstration at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia.

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