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13 Best Watercolor Sketchbook for Creatives Everywhere

Modern-day Watercolor sketchbooks come in various shapes, sizes, paper textures, and quality.

While one would suit acrylic paint better than most, another might be designed specifically for mixed media or even for oil-based paints.

So when picking the right watercolor sketchbook that will be able to correctly represent your ideas and themes, a lot of things need to be kept in mind.

But ultimately, the sketchpad you choose will reflect the type of painting you will create on it.

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And to help you out on your artist’s journey today, we have brought a review on some of the most popular sketchbook models in the current market. All 13 of them are some of our absolute favorites, and we are confident that they will be able to help you out with all the types of artwork that you wish to represent.

So sit back, and read along.

Best Watercolor Sketchbook

Best Watercolor Sketchbook

Painting by by RafaCM

  1. Bellofy 100-Sheet Watercolor Sketchpad Artist Pro

Let us start off our list today with a watercolor sketchbook which is just perfect for amateurs and budding student artists who are still new to the field of drawing and painting. If you love to spend a lot of time doodling, then this notebook will fit your interests perfectly.

Bellofy 100-Sheet Sketchpad Artist Pro, Watercolor, Acrylic...
Bellofy 100-Sheet Sketchpad Artist Pro, Watercolor, Acrylic...
  • Premium Artist Paper - This heavy, A-4 fine art drawing...
  • Mixed Media Use - The premium surface makes our quality...
  • Durable, Acid-Free Paper - Bellofy sketch paper is strong,...
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed - All Bellofy products are backed by...


What makes the Bellofy Notebook so very amazing for new artists is how easily you can draw on it. The sheets of this sketchpad are made from recycled material and are acid-free, the pages are somewhat heavy as well, they don’t allow the colors to spread and is suitable for all forms of mixed media, even printing media

The Bellofy Notebook is all about teaching the amateur artist how to draw. It’s essential in allowing one to develop and nurture their painting interests, by giving them a much needed creative space to express their ideas and inspirations in.

This notebook is kind of like a jack of all trades; therefore it doesn’t specialize in any particular style of drawing or watercolor paint. This is one of the reasons why we won’t recommend it for professional use. The pages are also not textured as well, which can be somewhat disappointing to some.

  • Thick heavy pages don’t allow the colors to spread or run off
  • Perfect for mixed media and even printing media
  • Both sides of the pages can be used as it absorbs color rather well
  • Very amateur friendly and easy to work with
  • Doesn’t specialize in any single drawing style and material
  • The pages are not textured
  1. Global Art Materials Travelogue Watercolor Book

The Global Art Materials Travelogue Watercolor Book can be an excellent travel companion for those artist cum globetrotters who love to take a stroll through nature while at the same time putting their thoughts and ideas to paper.

Global Art Materials Travelogue Watercolor Book, Square,...
Global Art Materials Travelogue Watercolor Book, Square,...
  • 60 acid-free, soft-white sheets, 95lb/200 gsm
  • Durable cover with elastic closure, clear envelope inside...
  • Bound in natural linen
  • 8-1/4-Inch-by-8-1/4-Inch Square Size


What we love the most about this sketchbook is how elegantly designed, and light-weight it is. And this is precisely what makes it such an amazing friend to have through all your travels. The overall build of the sketchbook is extremely ergonomic as well; it’s very easy to draw on and carrying it around with you at all times will not be an issue no matter where you’re planning to go.

The book comes with 60 sheets, which is not too much, nor too little for a portable travelogue, and will not be weighing you down under any situation. The pages are acid-free and environment-friendly as well; they are heavy enough to minimize the color spread and can fit the needs of both professionals and amateurs equally.

However, as the sketchbook is bound by linen, the cover may be long-lasting, but the overall construction is not as durable as we would have liked it to be. Hence rough use is not recommended.

  • Lightweight and easy to carry around
  • Drawing and sketching on it is easy as well
  • Fits the needs of both professionals and amateurs equally
  • Elegant design comes with environmental-friendly pages
  • Not as durable as some other books of its category
  1. Canson XL Series Mix Media Paper Pad

Not all watercolor sketchbooks can boast excellent performances with mixed media. But, the XL Canson Pads are one of the very few models which are specifically designed for working with mixed media.

Canson XL Series Mix Media Paper Pad, Heavyweight, Fine...
Canson XL Series Mix Media Paper Pad, Heavyweight, Fine...
  • Composition and permanence tables provide important...
  • It remains our goal to earn your trust through the...
  • Manufactured in france


What attracts us the most towards the Canson Pads is the fantastic texture that it’s able to provide. This is precisely what allows these pages to be versatile enough for use with paints like acrylic, watercolor, watercolor pencils and simple sketch pens.

If we were to recommend a particular painting style and format for this sketchbook, then we would pick oil-based artworks any time of the day. The Canson is excellent for oil painting; the texture of the pages are so amazing that they are able to give oil-based paints a whole new dimension altogether.

These Canson pages are easy to use and clean as well, and even though they are thick enough to soak up oil-based paints and acrylic in a matter of minutes, the sheets are micro-perforated which makes them surprisingly lightweight as well.

But what disappoints us about the Canson is the number of pages that it provides. 60 feels a lot less for the amount of money one pays for this book.

  • Micro-perforated sheets make the sketchbook lightweight
  • Thick sheets absorb all forms of paint to improve the drying process
  • Comes with a fantastic texture, perfect for mixed and printing media
  • Provides one of the best pages for oil-based works
  • Only 60 pages, which is too less for the price
  1. Leda Art Supply 160 Pages Softbound Cover Sketchbook for Artists

When it comes to professional grade, premium quality art journals, then the Leda Art Supply 160 Pages Softbound Cover Sketchbook, in our opinion, is one of the best models in that category. This 160-page sketchbook boasts one of the best page textures and quality and is perhaps one of the most durable models in our list today.

Leda Art Supply 160 Pages Softbound Cover Sketchbook for...
Leda Art Supply 160 Pages Softbound Cover Sketchbook for...
  • PERFECT PAPER: Dense 81 pound sketchbook paper is ideal for...
  • LARGE: 7 x 10 inches just right sketchbook size.
  • PREMIUM: 160 pages of smooth, cream-colored paper accents...
  • FLEXIBLE: all weather cover protects your art and provides...


The Leda comes with a very soft texture which improves the overall quality of your painting, irrespective of the type of paint or drawing style that you are willing to employ. It soaks up water and oil paints relatively quicker than the standard sketchbooks and will help your painting breathe and dry up very easily.

It provides double the number of pages that a standard sketchbook generally does, and the 8.5 x 12 inches dimensions provide enough space for an artist to express themselves in whichever way they choose.

May it be watercolor, graphite sketches or acrylic, you will not have a problem in putting your ideas to the Leda canvas. However, the larger size of the pages comprises a lot on its portability, the pages are thicker as well, and not ideal for carrying around.

  • Soft page texture soaks up all forms of paint very quickly
  • High-quality pages are perfect for professional artists
  • Large page area provides ample space for any type of artwork
  • Comes with 160 pages
  • Not as portable as we would have liked
  1. Pentalic 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. [300 gsm] AF Aqua Journal 48 Page Book

If you love, or rather, primarily deal with watercolor artworks, then the Pentalic AF Aqua Journal might be exactly what you’re looking for. This manufacturer uses specific variants of art papers (which comes straight from the European mills) that particularly absorbs and enhances watercolor paint rather splendidly.

Pentalic 5' x 8' 140 lb. (300 gsm) AF Aqua Journal 48 Page...
Pentalic 5" x 8" 140 lb. (300 gsm) AF Aqua Journal 48 Page...
  • Landscape watercolor journal
  • Acid Free
  • Perfect for the artists on the go
  • Inside back pocket stores essentials


Let us first mention that the Pentalic Aqua Journal is one of the more aesthetically pleasing sketchbooks on our list today. It’s picture perfect, to say the least, and comes with a tasteful ribbon marker that adds a lot to its overall appeal.

The Aqua Journal is bound in such a way that you will be able to hook your paintbrush inside it and take it along with you wherever you go. The build is lightweight as well, quiet portable in our opinion, and has an elastic holder at the top that keeps the book safe and durable.

Moreover, it also comes bound in a landscape format with six signatures, and you will be able to represent your ideas on it with watercolor without many problems.

However, the Pentalic only provides 48 pages which is much lesser than what a standard sketchbook gives.

  • Beautifully designed and attractive body comes with a ribbon
  • Will be able to hold your paintbrush or even your sketch pens
  • Paper texture is perfect for watercolors
  • Bound in a landscape format
  • Comes with only 48 pages
  1. Field Artist 4 in. X 6.5 in. Rectangle Watercolor Journal

With the Field Artist Rectangle Watercolor Journal, quality and portability are the two things that actually go hand in hand. This rectangular shaped sketchbook comes in two different sizes; one is of 4 x 6.5 inches which will fit right in your pocket while the other has a longer side and comes up to 4 x 13 inches in size.

Field Artist 4 in. x 6.5 in. Rectangle Watercolor Journal,...
Field Artist 4 in. x 6.5 in. Rectangle Watercolor Journal,...
  • RECTANGLE FORMAT 4 in. x 6.5 in.(10 cm x 16.5 cm) Watercolor...
  • 80 PAGES - 33% MORE PAGES than popular competitors,...
  • BIGGER SIZE - Approximately 15% LARGER PAPER SIZE than...


The Field Artist pages come wrapped in a beautiful hardbound cover which we absolutely adore. It is made of a soft grey leather material with a logo embossed on it, and gives off a somewhat traditional journal feel to the overall appeal of the sketchbook.

The pages are of a higher quality as well, and the relative thickness of the sketchpad keeps color leakage under strict control and doesn’t allow run-off even if you have painted on all the consecutive pages.

The pages soak up color really well, makes the drying process easier, and as it is cold-pressed the finishing and texture of the paper is quite good for a variety of painting and sketching methods.

But, even with the longer version of the pad, we found the sizes to be too small for much detailed work.

  • Bound beautifully with a logo embossed on it
  • Cold pressed pages have a fine texture
  • Thickness of the pages and the pad minimize color runoff
  • Is highly portable
  • Size may be too small for the more detailed artworks
  1. Bellofy 50 Sheet Watercolor Paper Pad – 130 IB / 190 GSM 

This sketchbook model from Bellofy is explicitly dedicated to Watercolor painting. May it be dissolvable watercolor pencils or even oil-based watercolor paints, this sketchbook absorb them really well and help significantly in the drying process.

Bellofy 50 Sheet Watercolor Paper Pad - 130 IB / 190 GSM...
Bellofy 50 Sheet Watercolor Paper Pad - 130 IB / 190 GSM...
  • COMFORTABILITY: 130 lB / 190 GSM Coldpress sheets, providing...
  • GLUE BOUND: All pages are glue bound for the easiest page...
  • DURABLE: It's DURABLE, ACID FREE PAPER is strong enough for...
  • SUITABILITY: Works with all watercolor paint and markers for...


The pages of the Bellofy Watercolor Paper Pad are incredibly durable. They are made with fully recycled non-toxic materials and are bound together by glue that will allow you to detach and reattach them whenever you feel.

This attachable and detachable property of the sketchbook is what makes this sketchbook model from Bellofy such a fan favorite.

Moreover, the company is so confident about their product that they are providing a 90-day cash back policy for it. They are certain that the unique design and paper texture of their watercolor paper pad will be able to protect your art and save it from getting damaged at all costs.

However, what falls short of our expectations about this sketchbook is the lack of versatility. They may ideally fit watercolors, but are not all that good with mixed media.

  • One of the best when it comes to drying and representing watercolor paint
  • Provides a 90-day cash back policy
  • Made with non-toxic materials and is not harmful to the environment
  • The pages can be detached and attached whenever required
  • Doesn’t do all that well with mixed media
  1. Global Art Materials Watercolor Sketchbook

The Watercolor Sketchbook series from Global Art Materials comes in 5 different varieties and formats: Large Landscape, Large Portrait, Square, Grand Portrait and Pocket Panorama. This opens up a whole new variety of options in terms of painting styles for artists, thereby making this series of sketchbooks one of the most versatile in the market today..

Global Art Materials Hand-Book Artist Journal Square Cadmium...
Global Art Materials Hand-Book Artist Journal Square Cadmium...
  • 64 sheets/128 pages of heavyweight buff drawing paper
  • Durable cover with elastic closure, clear envelope inside...
  • Available in 5 formats and 4 colors
  • 5-1/2-Inch by 5-1/2-inch, the square in cadmium green


Not all budding artists prefer the same sketching and painting style when it comes to putting their ideas to canvas. That is precisely why it’s important for a sketchbook series to be versatile with their modes of use and this series from Global Art Materials provides just that.

If you love drawing beautiful sceneries and landscapes, then the Pocket Panorama will be able to fit you perfectly. But if you love to sketch out towering buildings and city skyscrapers, then the Large Portrait will indeed be perfect for the job.

These sketchbooks though come with excellent paper quality and textures, are not as elegantly designed as the rest on the list. And the pages do tend to bulk up when they get wet, which can indeed compromise a lot on their portability.

  • Comes with a variety of options for different painting styles
  • High-quality paper with excellent absorbency
  • Texture is perfect for all forms of painting and sketching
  • Each sketchbook is priced differently
  • Not elegantly designed
  • Wet wash can make it rather heavy
  1. Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook

Unlike the other brands on our list today (who have been in the market for years), the art supply manufacturing company Moleskine are relatively the newer ‘kid on the block’. But that doesn’t mean that their products lack in quality in any way; their watercolor sketchbook series is highly revered by both amateur and professional artists alike, as they support an incredibly smart design and paper texture.

Moleskine Art Plus Hard Cover Watercolor Album, Plain, Large...
Moleskine Art Plus Hard Cover Watercolor Album, Plain, Large...
  • MOLESKINE ART COLLECTION: From sketchbooks and sketchpads to...
  • DURABLE COVER & ELASTIC CLOSURE: Hold writing projects &...
  • GIFT QUALITY NOTEBOOKS: Moleskine planners, journals and...
  • DELUXE QUALITY PAGES: Moleskine's thick, ivory paper pages...


What we absolutely adore about the Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook is its amazing build. Its design is able to adequately support both durability and practicality at the same time, while its 200 gsm provides it with the much-needed portability to be carried around anywhere the artist pleases.

The sketchbook is designed with a spine which can be completely laid out flat, thereby allowing you to concentrate on your art piece than constantly worrying about a sketchpad which always wants to close shut.

However, even though the pages of the Moleskine have a nice texture to them and can represent watercolor paint very well, their color absorbency is not all that great. Any form of painting on them will take hours to dry, and we will not be recommending these lightweight pages for oil-based paints or even the thicker forms of acrylic.

  • Light build easy to carry around
  • Spine flexibility allows the pad to be laid flat
  • Comes with a pouch that is affixed to the back cover, to carry supplies
  • Great paper texture for watercolor paint
  • Color absorbency is not all that great

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