I am really enjoying this new sketchbook and yet I am puzzling over it as for years I have selected sketchbooks where the paper has some tooth as this will take drawing media better. This sketchbook falls more into what I would call the “designer stationery” line as the paper is very smooth. It is made to take a fountain well – which it does. I expected to battle it all the way but I am really enjoying using it. It takes pitt pens well and to be honest is too smooth for watercolour and it definitely will not take a lot of water but if I am careful some nice effects can be achieved.
For those who live in the UK it is a A5 sketchbook I picked up at Rymans. It has no brand or marking on it and may have been a special buy long gone out of production. It has stitched signatures not glued pages. Rymans were in Canberra for a short while and then went out of business. As I said before it was in my notebook stash and must have sat at the back of the cupboard for at least 5 years if not more. The thing is I am looking at smooth paper with a different eye!
Anyway, EDM Drawing Challenge # 3 reads Draw a Purse Wallet or Bag. This is my current hand bag which I am using because it can act as a hand bag yet hold some drawing materials with ease. I picked it up over easter at the National folk festival this year. So it is still quite new but no doubt will get bashed around.
I drew it using Faber Castell Pitt pens and watercolour paint and Derwent watercolour pencils.