Review: Winsor & Newton Hardback Sketchbook 170gsm

Winsor & Newton Hardback Sketchbook 170gsm

The Winsor & Newton Hardback Sketchbook comes in A4 and A5 sizes with 96 perforated acid-free white pages. There are also spiral bound ones. The cover has a faux leather effect.

The paper is 170gsm, quite thick. It's slightly smoother than normal cartridge paper. On the surface, sometimes you can notice tiny grey specks that are not white, probably due to the paper pulp not being pure. Unless you need it to be pure white, it's probably a non-issue.

Winsor & Newton Hardback Sketchbook 170gsm
That's how the perforated pages look like. Towards the middle of the sketchbook, the pages will actually fold two times, one at the perforated edge, and one to the side away from the spine. You've to tear the perforated pages carefully or you can actually tear the page off from the spine instead.

Winsor & Newton Hardback Sketchbook 170gsm
The sketchbook pages don't open flat. I've a scanner that scans well only when the paper is in contact with the glass, so this sketchbook isn't easy to scan for me.

Winsor & Newton Hardback Sketchbook 170gsm
This sketch is from a Lamy fountain pen and watercolour.

The paper absorbs watercolour well and doesn't bleed to the page behind. It can take around 2-3 washes when the previous wash is dry.

Winsor & Newton Hardback Sketchbook 170gsm
This is with the Hero fountain pen and watecolour. There are some smudges from the marker from the next page.

Winsor & Newton Hardback Sketchbook 170gsm
This is a Copic marker sketch. Markers do bleed slightly to the page behind.

Winsor & Newton Hardback Sketchbook 170gsm
Pencil is fine.

Winsor & Newton Hardback Sketchbook 170gsm
Brush pen.

Winsor & Newton Hardback Sketchbook 170gsm
The paper works quite well with ink but can be quite absorbent depending on the pen. I've used a Pilot Techpoint above and if you hold the pen tip against the paper surface for a prolong period, the ink will start to spread. Cartridge paper won't do this. Pen and ink users should note that.

Overall, it's a fine sketchbook. My only issue is with the perforated pages and how they are spread apart in a way that makes scanning tricky.

They are available on Amazon UK and selected online stores.
A5 Hardbound | A4 Hardbound | A5 Spiral | A4 Spiral

Search Jackson's Art Supplies (UK) too.

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