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#502 Pro Mixed Media


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Take a look at our complete line of handmade notebooks, shipped directly from our storefront to your studio.

Designed and manufactured at our shop in St. Louis, the #502 Pro Mixed Media notebook is made with professional-grade, 100% cotton watercolor paper with a hot press finish that enables you to use it with fountain pens, pencils, dip pens, and many other drawing tools. There's just a little bit of texture so that dry media stays on the surface, but it's smooth enough for fine-tipped pens. And because it's high-quality watercolor paper, made using traditional techniques and cotton rag, you can make finished work with watercolor or gouache.

Forget about "mixed media" as a euphemism for cheap paper—our Model 502 is a mixed media pad for the serious artist or the serious paper lover. Depending on the notebook, you may find sheets with Fabriano's elegant maker's mark, evoking the centuries-old mill in Italy that produces this special paper stock.

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 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.

Includes 25 sheets of Fabriano Artistico Hot Press watercolor paper, made in Italy, measuring 130 x 180 mm (5.1" x 7.1"), with a 300 gsm weight, light texture, bright white color, and a 100% cotton composition. Chlorine and acid free.

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.



We ship all orders from our store in St. Louis, Missouri. 95% of orders are processed in 1-2 business days (Wednesday through Sunday). Shipping to the United States is always free for orders over $59. For orders under $59, domestic shipping rates start at $3.50. You can calculate your shipping cost in the cart or at checkout. For St. Louis residents, we also offer free curbside pickup. Just select "Pick Up" on the first page of checkout.


If there's a problem with your order, please contact our customer service team at If your order is damaged or defective, we will send you a prepaid return label and replace the item immediately. If you change your mind about an order, you can ship it back to us in new condition for a refund or exchange. However, if there is no error on our part, we cannot refund shipping charges or pay for return shipping. The deadline for all returns is 30 days from the delivery date. All clearance items, including our famous Mystery Box, are final sale.


We are an independent retailer trusted by artists since 2015, and our expert staff are happy to help you with any questions you might have about our products and services. We love helping our customers choose colors, build gift packages for friends, and get started with new tools and materials. We can also take special orders for items not listed on this site.


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#502 Pro Mixed Media

#502 Pro Mixed Media