Yes! You read it right! This little pocket diary from Hahnemühle is the ideal journal out there for any travelling artists looking to paint on-the-go. Have the German’s pulled-off a class act with this one? Let’s find out!
About Hahnemühle: Hahnemuhle (Pronounced - Hah-neigh-mool-ah) - This German paper company may be new to you also, but Hahnemühle has been around a very long time—more than 400 years, to be exact. The company was established in the late 1500s, but it has been known as Hahnemühle since 1886. Hahnemühle’s main focus has always been fine art papers but they've concentrated primarily on printing papers, at least in modern times.
Check out the entire range of fine art paper products from Hahnemühle here. The Watercolour Sketchbook: Let’s be honest here; when we first derived the sketchbooks, we were a little wary. The sketchbook itself was lovely but the 200 gsm paper felt a little skimpy. The Hahnemühle Watercolour Book paper had us a bit worried, but we quickly learned that this paper packs a big punch in a small package. For context, here are some stats & facts: Specs: Hahnemühle currently offers their Watercolour Book in 5 sizes ( A6, A5 and A4 in portrait and landscape formats), and each sketchbook contains 30 sheets, or 60 usable surface pages, of paper.
Construction: The sketchbook’s sewn binding allows it to open completely flat, and I have no problems painting across both pages of a spread. The sketchbook has proven to be extremely sturdy and, even after heavy use, the hardbound cover and binding appear brand new.
Paper Surface: The paper has a light surface pattern that isn’t distracting at all. At first, the paper might feel a tad too smooth (subjective), but when painted on, the paper has just enough tooth to keep pigments firmly in place and allow excellent control. Conversely, it's soft enough to fade into the background and permit watercolor to take center stage.
Pen/Pencil: The paper's surface takes pencil and pen very well, and graphite erased easily. We’d give it an A+ for all types of pen and ink—fountain, fineliners, and even dip nibs.
Watercolor: Though 200 gsm feels thin to the touch (similar to 90 Lbs. watercolor paper) this paper has performed like a much heavier gsm paper, even under heavy water application. In fact, we were pleasantly shocked at how well it handled multiple layers of watercolor without buckling or curling. Yep, it's a trooper!
The Stress Test:
Most sketchbook papers can’t handle multiple layers of masking, taping, painting, lifting, blending, erasing, etc. However, the Hahnemühle Watercolour Book CAN. We have to admit that there is a bit of fading in the Hahnemühle, but pigments stay fairly true. Hahnemühle's paper has a slow drying time, and pigments lift so easily that you have to be more patient with this paper. The texture of Hahnemühle’s paper is unobtrusive.
In a nutshell, Hahnemühle paints more like a hot-pressed paper, when compared to other journals which are closer to cold-pressed or rough. With time, you could end up enjoying Hahnemühle's increased workability. Does it have any Limitations? It's important to recognize that most sketchbooks do not contain 100-percent cotton, mold-made watercolor paper. Though there are advantages to sketchbooks, when it comes to watercolor painting, I don't think a sketchbook will ever replace a high quality sheet of watercolor paper.
Sketchbooks are for well you know, sketching.
We set out to push the Hahnemühle Watercolour Book to its limits to see what it takes to elicit failure in a product. With the Hahnemühle Watercolour Book, we were pleasantly surprised at the stamina this paper had! This paper is capable of taking at least 4 complete glazing, reworking, lifting, blotting and scrubbing before it begins to fail. Now that's some serious stamina for sketchbook paper! Shop for exclusive Hahnemuhle Products: https://www.artzo.in/hahnemuhle-brand
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