First of all I use Moleskines because the book feels of quality, pages lay flat with stitch binding, cover is study (protects artwork inside), travel friendly…Some of my greatest travel adventures and sketches are contained in the pages of these books. For years I used the “sketchbook” for my travel journals. The pages are crème colored and slick, perfect for pen work but watercolor slides off. They only make the watercolor sketchbook in a landscape format. It is either too small or too big. I became determined to have the watercolor book in the normal format and size (8.25x 5.0 inches open to 8.25x 10.) which would fit into my travel purse. What I did was the unthinkable...I purchased the large watercolor sketchbook and took the band-saw to it. What I ended up with is the perfect sketchbook! I wish the company would make the book with watercolor paper and in the normal format (not landscape) and a decent size....but in the mean time, a girl must do what a girl must do...BZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
And by the way, the book I cut in half is the one I took to Italy last summer. So I can honestly say “Made in Italy”.
I am constantly searching for the perfect sketchbook to use as my travel journal. Recently I have been in contact with a new company and they are sending me a book to try. I won’t mention any names at this point but if I like it I’ll surely let you know.
Update: Since the writing of this post I've been introduced to the Stillman & Birn, sketchbook company. I am greatly impressed with their Beta Series, stitched bound books. Please read my blog review on these books, here.