If you’ve never been I’d recommend visiting the London Graphic Centre if you get the chance. Obviously it’s great if you enjoying drawing or painting but it’s also a good place to look for gifts, cards, notebooks, pens and washi tape.
I’m coming to the end of my two tiny sketchbooks and fancied trying something new and I like thick, heavy paper so this Daler Rowney Ebony hardback sketchbook with 150gsm paper seemed like a good one to try.
It has stitched binding and a fine texture to the surface of the paper.
It’s A5 and has 62 pages so it’s reasonably heavy but should still be portable if I decide to take it out with me.
I also got 2 more Daler Rowney sketchbooks, also A5. This one with the green cover is a Fine Grain Heavy Weight paper, which means it has a slight texture to the surface. It’s 200gsm, has 30 pages and is made from 100% recycled paper.
The third one is made from Daler Rowney Smooth Heavy Weight paper. It’s 220gsm and there are 25 pages. Both of these pads are glued at the spine so I think they’ll be sketchbooks that I use at home rather than carrying them around because the pages are likely to fall out easily I think.
This sketchbook somehow escaped the main photo at the top of the page but it’s another Daler Rowney sketchbook and is an A5 landscape Langton watercolour sketchbook.
It also has a glued spine so will be another sketchbook I use at home but what I liked about this one is that although it only has 12 pages, it’s made from 300gsm paper which means it’s really thick, heavy paper. I’m looking forward to trying this one out.
I’m a huge fan of the Copic Multiliners and the Pigma Micron Multiliners so I thought I’d give this Pigma brush pen a try. It’s a fine nib and should be nice for outlining drawings and giving some variation of line width. I tried it out on a recent sketch but I’m looking forward to playing around with it a bit more.
Finally, I decided to try some new erasers. The Faber Castell eraser is nice and smooth and, as it says, it is dust-free, which is great. It does still leave bits of the eraser on the page afterwards but those bits ball together so they’re reasonably easy to get rid of.
However, the blue Koh-I-Noor kneadable eraser next to it is my favourite of the two. It’s basically a putty rubber and comes in its own little plastic box. It cost less than £1, erases pencil lines cleanly and leaves no dust or anything behind.
This is a slightly different type of post for me so I hope you find it useful and interesting. I’d also love to hear if you’ve used any of these art materials or if you have any particular favourite sketchbooks, pens, pencils or erasers. Let me know in the comments below.
[P.S. This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affiliate links. Not all the links in this post go the London Graphic Centre site because they don’t have all these items listed online. The recycled sketchbook isn’t on their website but I’ve linked to an A4 non-recycled version which is made from the same weight paper.]