Hahnemuhle Watercolor Book Review

Introduction to the Hahnemuhle Watercolor Book

Today I have a Hahnemuhle watercolor book review! It was a bittersweet feeling to complete it, but I now know the ins and outs of it well enough to give a proper review. Hahnemuhle (AKA Hahnemühle) is a German fine art paper company started in 1584. I visited California Art Supply Company (an excellent store to visit if you’re in the San Mateo area) several months back and one of their employees recommended it to me.

I will be looking at the A6 landscape book, the most portable for my needs. The stickers are by Jenn Woodall and Silver Sprocket.

Thoughts

L to R: Handbook Travelogue 3.5″ x 5.5″, Hahnemuhle watercolor book A6, Canson Mix Media 8.5″ x 5.5″

This is the first A6 sketchbook I’ve used and it’s just about the perfect size for me. It’s not too small like 3.5 x 5.5 and not too big like 6 x 9. It is a hardcover, but it isn’t as bulky as other hardcovers (like Stillman & Birn’s). The rounded corners makes it easier for the sketchbook to fit in my pockets and since it is bound on the short side, it is naturally perfect for panoramic paintings.

 

The ribbon is a bit too small for my tastes, but it does its job and is not a deal-breaker. It lays relatively flat, which is always a nice perk.

The pages are lightly textured and can take a decent amount of water, while only buckling a slight amount. The buckling doesn’t bother me too much, but if you want to avoid it completely you may want to find something with heavier weight.

Hahnemuhle watercolor book buckling

Hahnemuhle watercolor book buckling

Conclusion

This is now one of my favorite watercolor sketchbooks. Tied up there with the Stillmand & Birn Delta softcover, Hahnemuhle brings to the table a higher page count, landscape binding, and the perfect size, for me anyways. If you’re looking to try out a portable watercolor sketchbook with a decent page count, give this one a try.

More information from the Hahnemuhle website

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