#321 Watercolor Journal, Hot Press (Square)
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Designed and manufactured at our shop in St. Louis, the #321 Watercolor Journal is a versatile watercolor notebook that's just as good on the road as it is in the studio. The square shape is meant to inspire bold compositions (and it doesn't hurt that your work will look great on Instagram!) Inside the soft Prussian blue cover are 25 sheets of Italian watercolor paper with a smooth, hot press surface. The 25% cotton sheet is super strong and versatile, perfect for watercolor, fountain pen, pigment pen, and lots of other wet and dry media. Water won't bleed through the heavyweight, 300 gsm (140#) paper, and you'll notice very little warping even when using lots of water.
The binding of our notebooks is inspired by a type of sketchpad that's popular with art students in Japan. These pads, sometimes called croquis books, have wraparound cardstock covers bound into the spiral that can be folded back for a mobile drawing surface. Several companies in Japan make their own versions. We love the style and we think we've given them a distinctly American twist. We chose an extra-large spiral with thicker wire, so our notebooks aren't delicate and the pages have plenty of room to move. The oversized, wedge-shaped profile of our notebooks make them more comfortable to hold and carry. And we use much thicker, more opaque paper than is typically found in croquis books.
Our cover stock, made in Michigan, is soft to the touch but heavy enough to wear well. It has a matte finish and can be written on, labeled, and customized. The label is bound into the outside of the spiral; tear it out and the notebook has almost nothing printed on it. The model number is hand-stamped on the back cover so you can reorder when you run out.
The pages are made in Italy and measure 180 x 180 mm (7.1" x 7.1"), with a 300 gsm weight, hot press texture, bright white color, and a pH neutral, 25% cotton composition.
Please note that these notebooks are made by hand, so minor variations are to be expected. They're a reminder that a real person bound your book with care.
Want the perfect travel brush to go with your new journal? Check out the Princeton Aqua Elite travel brush, the springy, precise metal travel brush pictured with this notebook. If you need paint, we recommend the brilliant and highly consistent Holbein Artist's Watercolors.
LABEL IMAGE: Eugène Cicéri, "Design for a Stage Set at the Opéra, Paris," from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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