ok - here is the first one in a 7x7 inch Beta Series
sketchbook with lovely
heavy paper in a natural white, rough surface. I like a square format - as a look at my paintings will show
The way it can fold back on itself is really useful when sketching outside as it takes up so little room and it has a good strong cover and ring binding.
I decided to experiment in each book with an underpainting using Derwent Inktense pencils finished off with their Studio pencils so that I can feel the differences in the papers.. I used a waterbrush as I was curled up in an armchair and didn't want to have jars of water and paints that I could (would!) knock over.
Below you can see a close up and how well the materials worked with the paper.
I'm going to try watercolours on each - with wet washes, charcoal, pencil, pen ..... anything and everything.
I generally don't like working on the reverse of pages, partly because I may want to tear the page out to frame something but also simply because I like pristine, new, flat paper. The reverse of this meets those criteria so I may be working on both sides in this book :>)