If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know that I love having beautiful supplies and tools. I’m always casually on the hunt for new or new-to-me things that will make working, creating, or making even more enjoyable. Well, a couple of weeks before Christmas, I found this beautiful vintage-style leather sketchbook from a small shop that sells on Amazon – Leather Village.
These vintage-style leather sketchbooks come in several different sizes and a few color options for the leather cover.
I generally like to have a larger work area, so I have the 10 x 7 in Red Brown (above) and Weed Green (below.) I also have the 13 x 8 in Red Brown. Sadly, the Weed Green is completely sold out at the moment, but they will hopefully restock soon.
I bought one of these sketchbooks initially because I loved the paper with the deckled edges. I was looking for some paper with deckled edges and, in my search, discovered it would be a better bargain to buy one of these vintage-style sketchbooks instead of the paper alone.
And I have loved the paper! It has some texture and tooth to it, which I like. It almost feels more like fabric. I have used it for sketching with graphite…
…as well as charcoal…
…and I have used clear gesso on pages so that I can use oil paint on them. The pages don’t buckle when the gesso is applied, so it will accept a light wash, acrylics, etc.
I love the tone of the paper, too.
And, the binding is so pretty as well! The only downside to this vintage-style sketchbook is the sizes smaller than the 13 x 8 are so thick that they won’t lay flat when open towards the front or back of the sketchbook. I have to use binder clips to hold the pages open. The 13 x 8 will lay flat. I prefer sketchbooks and notebooks to lay flat, but, in the case of these sketchbooks, I don’t mind having to use binder clips. I like that they are fat and have a ton of pages.
Each sketchbook has a brass button to hold the leather wrap closure in place. It’s nice for a sketchbook, especially if you like to tuck things inside.
And, they look great on a shelf! I hope to fill out a bunch of them and have a whole row of sketchbooks at some point in the future.
I know this sounds like a sponsored post, but it isn’t! I bought these sketchbooks at full pricee and the company doesn’t know I exist (although they may wonder why there has been a recent rush on their journals after I shared them on Instagram a few times.)
Since I love this vintage-style sketchbook so much, I’d like to give one away to one of my blog readers. This giveaway is for the 10 x 7 in vintage-style sketchbook Mocha.
To enter, just subscribe to receive my blog posts and leave a comment letting me know you have (or already are) subscribed. That’s it! I’ll pick a winner randomly from the comments. The giveaway will close Monday, January 25, 2021, at midnight PST. Unfortunately, I have to restrict this giveaway to US followers only. I usually open to it to everyone, but I just shipped a padded envelope of books to the UK and it was over $70! So sorry to my international followers.
Good luck on winning the vintage-style sketchbook!
Oh, and for those looking for a good notebook for writing, taking notes, and sketching (with line, bullet, and blank paper refille options), THIS NOTEBOOK is my favorite.