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About This Product

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, our #311 Pro Watercolor notebook is a classic choice for the serious watercolorist on the go. Made with 25 sheets of heavyweight, 100% cotton watercolor paper, it's strong enough for the heaviest washes. The cold press texture is subtle and dynamic, not imprinting a pattern on your work but making it look more real and alive. It's wrapped in a Prussian blue paper cover that will pick up creases and marks until it's almost fabric-soft, all the while offering solid protection for the pages inside.

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 paper, 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 watercolor paper is Stonehenge Aqua Cold Press, made in the United States and measuring 180 x 180 mm (7.1" x 7.1"), with a 300 gsm weight, cold press texture, bright white color, and a pH neutral, 100% 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.

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    St. Louis Art Supply