The White Sale at Wet Paint

January 11, 2010

Journals are included in the White Sale is on at Wet Paint. Read this post for links to my past reviews of various commercially made journals.

Wet Paint, my favorite art supply store in the whole, wide world, is having its annual WHITE SALE. This means that every single pad of paper and every single journal is on sale for 20% off and sheet paper is on sale for 10 percent off.

Golden Acrylic and Mediums (except Golden High Load) are also on sale at 40% off manufacturer's suggested retail price (until February 12). And there are other deals on some Gamblin products, and some canvas stuff…well you can mosey on over to their website and read about it.

The sale goes through the end of February (unless otherwise stated). I mention it here because this is a great time of year to stock up on commercially bound journals

I've written about the commercially bound journals Wet Paint carries here:

Fabriano Venezia

Kunst and Papier journals

APICA journals and notebooks

Hand•book Journals

Alvin Field Notebook (See also the short video I made of the completed journal. I talk about some of the paper characteristics.)

Exacompta 9920 Sketchbook (Drawing paper in a soft-covered book with sewn signatures and a fabric covered spine.)

They also have Robert Batman, Great Canadian and other such wirebound sketchbooks with great paper. (I don't have a review of the GC, just sketches from it; it's the sketchbook I use at life drawing. The paper is heavy enough that you can do light washes on it.)

There are also sketchbooks and board for the Manga artist.

And they carry a great selection of the Clairefontaine notebooks—lined, blank, and lab-ruled—with stiff and colorful cardstock covers and fabric covered spines (with sewn signatures of course!).

Oh, yeah, they have Moleskines too, in all their manifestations—because I know so many of you love these little (or not so little) journals. (They even have a really large watercolor Moleskine that must be 12 x 9 or something, I saw it on a bottom shelf, but didn't reach for it. I do have some restraint.)

  1. Reply

    Hey Roz,
    I bought one of those large size moleskine watercolor sketchbooks this weekend (it was a gift from my always supportive little brother).

    I haven’t really tortured it yet to see how it performs, but I like it in my first tests. Graphite pencil (6B) feels really nice on it (although it doesn’t erase cleanly). Paper buckles a little, but holds up to a small amount of scrubbing. And the size and shape, while just a little awkward for standing next to the sheep and cow pens at the local “community farm”, feels exotic and luxurious.

    • Dusty
    • January 11, 2010

    I got the large Moleskine watercolour sketchbook for Christmas (because I asked for it). At the moment, I’m using a Handbook journal. There’s something about it I don’t like, the texture I guess.

    • Linda
    • January 11, 2010

    Hey Roz, I have a question for you. I know you took the time on this sketchbook writting but which is the best for both dry and WC’s and that have alot of pages and lined. I care for bound boos and a flexi cover and that doesnot cost an arm and leg.
    I’mjust starting to learn to makebooks but where do you buy paper in bulk and what kind do you get. aug!

    • Roz
    • January 12, 2010

    For several people the Hand•Book journal has some “problems.” I really prefer it to any Moleskine papers that I’ve tried. And then friends like Roberta really go to town in it. My friend Karen also always has one with her (I think she loves the size and format of her selection.)

    I haven’t tried the Moleskine Watercolor book at all because they came out with perforated pages and that’s just not something I can deal with.

    Tomorrow I’m posting about another watercolor journal, so check back. I’ll have to get check out one of the Moleskine watercolor ones after all!

    • Roz
    • January 12, 2010

    Linda I’m not sure that I’m reading your question correctly, you want something for dry and wet media that has lines and is bound with a flexible cover?

    I don’t know of anything that meets all those requirements.

    If you go for unlined there are options.

    The lined journals (other than Moleskine) tend to have flimsier covers like the APICA (or whatever those letters are, you have the link in this post).

    I guess the closest you’ll get if I read your requirements correctly would be the Alvin Field Book, but just be ware, while it takes wet media it is a paper designed to be useful in the field and water resistant so it makes for very interesting work. Check out the entire book I used for my 2009 Fake journal here

    There are scans of individual pages. Not everyone is going to like the “soupy” nature of the washes on this paper but I love it.

    Sorry I can’t be more specific with your requests. Sometimes there is no one book that will meet everything a person wants.

    If you don’t mind floppy cardboard covers, you can get sewn sigs, a fabric covered spine and slick rulled paper in the Clairefontaine line. I paint in those, but again the paper is not designed for that—it buckles a bunch and won’t take a lot of work—but then you have all your other characteristics.

    If you find something that meets all your conditions let me know so I can spread the word!

    • Roz
    • January 12, 2010

    Linda, I forgot to answer your last question about paper purchases. I don’t know what “aug” means so I can’t address that.

    I purchase most of my paper from Wet Paint (local and if I buy more than 25 sheets of a certain type I get a discount and there are more discounts the more sheets I get). I find purchasing from WP does several things 1. it supports a local business I adore, 2. It saves me the hassle and costs of shipping.

    At the end of 2008 I got a bunch of folks together to buy Nideggen in the large sheets (WP only carries it in the smaller sheets) and some people ordered 3 sheets and others like myself 65 sheets, whatever. The point is we got over 225 sheets and the price we got from WP per sheet was WELL below any price we could have received from a mail order vendor and none of us had to pay shipping and handling. Also, because WP is great in dealing with customers all I had to do was supply a sheet of people’s names and the number of sheets each had ordered and everyone could show up at WP any time at her convenience and a staff member would wrap her purchase for her. So our group didn’t have to deal with divvying up stuff and rewrapping it (the time when paper gets damaged) etc.

    It was a HUGE savings in time and effort.

    And again, I do this on a smaller scale for myself when it’s only me that wants a certain paper.

    Go to your local art store and ask them what the price breaks are. Get a group together, etc.

    Mail order, for those papers that WP doesn’t carry I’ll buy from Daniel Smith, Talas, and I have purchased the NEW Folio from Jerry’s but a printing friend tells me that Jerry’s has hopelessly messed up her last 3 orders so don’t order from them if you’re in a hurry. (I had trouble with them several years ago when buying the last of the Fabriano Uno.) Happily you can get the NEW Folio at Talas. (I have to say though, that I lucked out when I ordered the NEW Folio from Jerry’s because I purchased a full box of 100 sheets and including postage and handling it ended up being $1.35 per sheet! For a 22 x 30 inch sheet that’s fantastic, especially since it’s a cotton paper and suitable for so many different things. My friends print on it, I draw and paint on it, and of course, make journals with it. It’s not like the OLD Folio, which is defunct, but I’ve learned to love it for it’s various quirks.)

    Oh, and Wet Paint will do mail order for you too if you want to contact them
    I always forget that because for me it’s just a short drive to HEAVEN!!!

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    Hi Roz,
    No, my Moleskine doesn’t have perforated pages. I’ve done one painting on it. It takes a pretty heavy application of watercolor, although since the paper isn’t bright white the colors are a little dull. It will take a fair amount of water before buckling, but dries flat.

    All in all, for a bound watercolor sketchbook, it’s not bad, although it’s not like having a fresh, white sheet of good heavy weight watercolor paper.

    • Roz
    • January 14, 2010

    Maggie, I’m glad to hear your Moleskine doesn’t have perforated pages. I may have to look at one of these and do a test.

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