Review samples provided by Ohuhu
Ohuhu marker paper is available in spiral bound and hardbound sketchbooks both with 200gsm paper. The sizes and prices at the time of review are as follows:
Spiral bound with 60 sheets
- 16:5 x 11.7 - USD 19.99
- 10 x 7.6 inch - $18.99
- 8.9 x 8.3 inch - $16.99
Hardbound with 78 sheets
- 11.7 x 8.3 inch - $15.99
- 10 x 7.4 inch - $17.99
- 8.3 x 8.3 - $16.99
- 6.9 x 6.5 - $12.99
They are all in portrait format except for the square.
Spiral bound allows you to hold the sketch pad in hand easily. Hardcover is good if you have a surface, e.g, table to work on and is easier to scan without tearing the pages out.
The hardcover sketchbook with 78-sheets or 156 pages is kinda thick. There is texture on the hardcover that looks like animal fur pattern and reflects light differently depending on the angle. That's actually pretty good. There's an elastic band on the back which will no doubt become loose with time and usage.
The pages are perforated and can be torn out easily.
The sketchbook can open completely flat and there's a ribbon bookmark.
At the back is a flat pocket.
The sketchbook comes with a plastic sheet that you can place between the pages to prevent ink from bleeding though onto the next page.
Marker paper is actually treated to handle alcohol inks to prevent bleed-through. So even thin 70gsm marker paper can handle multiple layers of marker inks without bleed-through.
The paper used in this sketchbook is not exactly marker paper. The paper used in this sketchbook is just smooth bright white 200gsm paper. The paper is thick enough to prevent bleed-through, but if you use a lot of ink, there may still be bleed-through.
The plastic sheet is included to make sure there's no way ink and bleed onto the next sheet of paper. Just remember to use that plastic sheet in the right place before you draw each time.
Using one layer of markers has slight impression of bleed-through, and two layers shows more bleed-through.
I find colour blending to be quite challenging on this paper. It's probably due to how absorbent the paper is, so once the ink is absorbed and settles, it's not easy to have the next colour pull out the first layer of colour for blending.
Just for comparison purposes, this is blending on the Canson marker pad (70gsm) which is much easier.
Blending on the Winsor & Newton heavyweight marker paper (160gsm) shown above is also not easy, relatively speaking.
Since the paper is bright white, colours look really vibrant on the paper.
Alcohol inks markers and marker pens, e.g. Sharpie, can feather if the tip is left on the paper for too long. I've tried waterproof fountain pen ink and it works quite well with minimal to no feathering.
The paper is smooth and works well with inks but not all inks though. Avoid fineliners or multiliners that use alcohol inks for drawing. The ink blobs in the sketch above are from the Uniball Signo Gelstick rollerball pen and not due to the paper.
As with any paper, I always recommend you test your supplies first before creating actual art just to know different media and surfaces work together.
This is a well made sketchbook. The paper is not marker paper but it's thick enough to handle markers and colours appear vibrant on it. The downside is blending is not easy.