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Old 01-24-2018, 04:58 PM
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Hi Guys, Gals,
Any body know what is the BEST WC pad?
I use Saunders Waterford in the studio but can not find a fine WC paper pad for travel.
Got an answer?
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Old 01-24-2018, 06:11 PM
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Re: Travel WC pad

Posted an answer to your question in The Learning Zone. Hope it helps.

Perhaps best to post in one or the other of the two forums?

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Old 01-25-2018, 01:33 AM
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Re: Travel WC pad

I use decent 5x7 landscape format sketchbooks. It is important that the paper must accept watercolour well.

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Old 01-25-2018, 03:48 AM
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Arches makes a travel watercolour sketchpad. Costs a bit though. I have not bought one yet. I make my own with loose leaf rings, also called binder rings.
Take your favourite watercolour paper and cut/tear to your favourite size. Make front and back side. Punch two holes and put the rings through. And you have a lovely watercolour pad ready to go.

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Old 01-25-2018, 04:20 AM
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Re: Travel WC pad

Check out the youtube videos from Parka Blogs, he often does reviews of sketchbooks.

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Old 01-25-2018, 06:18 AM
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That is a really good source for reviews on lots of art supplies for watercolours and sketching. There are also written reviews in the blog
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Old 01-25-2018, 09:22 AM
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Re: Travel WC pad

Sketchbooks?

I use all variety of Stillman and Birn. The heavier Beta, Delta, and Zeta varieties take paint well. They aren't cotton, so you have to adjust a bit but there's plenty you can do on them.

I know some who swear by the Hahnemuhle watercolor books, but I have yet to use them.

Pads/Blocks?

I get Arches pads from Blick and they are affordable if you either get them online or have a preferred customer card. 9 x 12 usually goes for $10.40. As for blocks, both Stonehenge Aqua and Blick Premiere Studio are very affordable in the 7 x 10 size.
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What paper you'll use depends on what is your painting style.
The best though and most affordable thing you can do is to buy the paper of you choice and bind it yourself, either with one of the own made ways that were suggested above or by binding it at at a printing/photo copy store with a regular metallic spiral.
You might find your favourite paper in ready made blocks too, but this has a lot to do with WHAT is your favourite paper. If you prefer a paper that is not so popular then binding it your self in blocks or pads is the only solution and the one that will cover you needs better.
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Old 01-25-2018, 04:48 PM
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Arches makes a travel watercolour sketchpad. Costs a bit though. I have not bought one yet. I make my own with loose leaf rings, also called binder rings.
Take your favourite watercolour paper and cut/tear to your favourite size. Make front and back side. Punch two holes and put the rings through. And you have a lovely watercolour pad ready to go.



Done that couple of times.

Best thing is if you do it right.. Pages lay FLAT !

I used old shoe lace's. Could not find any rings.

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I just found this thread and I'm glad I did. I have been trying to find a way to easily bind my Simili Japon paper into a sketchbook. I had it all cut down to size by a local shop. I purchased 25 full size sheets which were either single or double elephant size. Too big to handle myself! Here is the results of binder rings, leather scraps. The paper is now about A5 and the book slightly larger.

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Old 01-27-2018, 09:09 PM
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Re: Travel WC pad

Personally, I like the kind of watercolor block that is glued on all 4 sides to prevent wrinkling and warping from using water in your painting. It's great for travel...grab and go!
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Old 01-28-2018, 04:00 AM
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Re: Travel WC pad

When I use pads och sketchbooks for watercolour I use an elstic rubber band to prevent warping. Works fine.
Very nice sketchbook Zenica.
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Re: Travel WC pad

I used to buy the Arches spiral bound field books, but they've been discontinued.
Recently I've been using the Stillman and Birn Delta (Ivory) & Beta (bright white) sketchbooks with 140lb paper. The landscape version is 5.5 x 8.5 inches and are are generally around $15. The paper handles washes well, but does handle differently than my usual Arches paper. I know many people here make their own, so I decided to try my hand using an Arches watercolor pad (around $10.) Since I wanted a spiral which could open flat, I bought some cinch book binding wires (i inch diameter) from Amazon. A pack of 2- 11 inch long wires cost $2.11 and will provide enough for 4 field books of this size.
I cut the 9 x 12 pad in half, making two 9 X 6 pads, of 12 sheets each. Then punched holes in the short 6 inch side of the paper to match the book binding wire. I cut the wire to 5.5 inches wide and inserted it into the punched paper.
Now I have my Arches paper in a spiral homemade field book.
It may not be worth the time and effort for some, but if you want a spiral Arches
landscape field book like I did, this worked perfectly. And if you want to vary the size, loose sheets would serve perfectly.

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Old 02-07-2018, 01:11 AM
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Re: Travel WC pad

I like Pentalic 5x8 landscape format sketchbooks. They're about $13 on Amazon, the paper is 140 pound cold press, and they lie flat when open. They have a good tooth texture on both sides of the paper instead of one kind on the front and another on the back like some other papers.

I ordered a Strathmore block and the paper still warped somewhat even before I cut it off the block. It stayed that way when dry, also. I don't think Strathmore is a particularly artist quality but I usually buy the best I can afford, giving credit to the fact that I'm not a professional artist and am not selling anything. I like to have something good and not child quality supplies rather than going to either extreme.
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