A Bit of Watercolor in the Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook

October 10, 2016


Note: I discovered while creating this post that I've been listing this commercially bound journal as "Seabright" not "Seawhite." I apologize for the confusion if this has caused you any. I just have to plead stress and exhaustion from some family duties. I'm not using this journal every day and I simply failed one day to look at it before writing a post—bingo.

I've gone back through my posts and tried to catch all the references. Some post titles may contain the incorrect name because of the whole issue with permalinks. But at least the text references will help you locate this product. Here in the U.S. I have been able to purchase it from Amazon. Simply search "SEAWHITE of Brighton" and a bunch of sizes will come up. I have not written a full review of this sketchbook as I'm still working my way through it. You can find all the posts from this test journal under the category "Seawhite Sketchbook."

Above is a quick graphite and watercolor sketch I made in an effort to continue to learn my friend’s features, but also to play more with watercolor over graphite—and to test both on the paper in the Seawhite of Brighton sketchbooks. You can click on the images in this post to enlarge them for closer viewing.

I found the paper held up to the glazing of different colors. (Colors applied in washes and left to dry, then additional colors applied, etc.) I wasn’t trying to blend the edges of my washes, but just work quickly. I found things dried a little slowly on this paper, but I adjusted to the timing the more sketches like this I did. (You can see an earlier one of my friend Don here.)

I did make corrections and adjustments to the graphite sketch as I worked with the watercolor. In the following image you can see my “debriefing” after I finished the sketch.


    • Diane Sorota, San Diego
    • October 10, 2016


    Thank you very much for the information about ordering Seawhite of Brighton sketch books from Amazon. Would be more fun to go back to St. Ives, Cornwall and stock up from Oxfam there but not in the cards for me in the foreseeable
    future. Always enjoy your writing and art and appreciate all you share.

    Best wishes, Diane

  1. Reply

    I’m glad I didn’t confuse you Pat.

    Inktense have dyes in them and they are going to bleed through paper more than other media.

    I’ve used Faber Castell Watersol. pencils in this book and not had any bleed through issues.

    Of course there is the issue of how much water we each use, which will vary. I find that if I let the paper dry completely before doing additional layers I can do some complex work on the paper, so I’m still OK with it, and of course the buckling is not an issue for me. I actually enjoy it when paper buckles and this buckles a lot less than other papers I work on. In fact this page, with the watercolor on it, hardly looks buckled at all because I managed to control my water use. But if you look on the verso page you can see that the previous page which was the first watercolor I did in this book, on this paper, did buckle the paper as I hadn’t worked out the water/drying ratio yet.

    I’m glad that you can use it for your dream journal.

    The Nostalgie journals as a new product should be around for quite a while so you should have ample time to fill this up and get one to play with. Keep sketching!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Close Cookmode

Pin It on Pinterest