We were often asked what makes Koval Sketchbooks different from others. Let us get into more details on how each of the sketchbooks was made.
Most sketchbooks available today on the market are made on production lines for notebooks and calendars. Manufacturers would simply replace pre-printed pages with blank sheets but with the same covers, finish, even the thin elastic band to keep the book closed. That’s why a lot of sketchbooks look like planners.
I got these samples of different watercolor papers from “Koval” who make beautiful sketchbooks for watercolor and gouache, and I decided to test these papers with gouache, my favourite painting medium. First, I thought I would just make a few brushstrokes on each of these strips, using gouache, but then I decided to use the strips to do tiny master copies of the paintings of some of the artists I admired. It was such a fun task!
Five of the six papers that I tested were cold pressed and one of them (Fabriano 5, 50% cotton paper) was hot pressed.