This isn’t a exactly review, I’m more talking about my personal experience of a day.
Today, I got myself a new sketchbook from Michaels for $10.
Originally it was $20, but I had a coupon. My dad thought it was a waste of money, considering the fact that I already had one, but my dollar store sketchbook… Kinda sucks? I mean, in Dollarama they are slowly increasing the price. It used to be 2.50, and now it costs 4. These sketchbooks don’t last long (I’ve bought 3 of these so far…) so now I want a higher quality, longer lasting sketchbook for future things to come, than wasting more money.
I asked my art teacher before purchasing one. She gave me some tips on how to examine sketchbooks. Such as thickness, how it is snitched, etc. Thank you amazing art teacher! 🙂
So here are the two sketchbooks that I have now (that isn’t destroyed):
The one on the left is the new one, the one on the right is the dollar store one.
I wanted another professional looking pure black, but those were like 30 dollars, so I couldn’t be bothered to spend more money. At least the design is pretty?
One huge thing I’ve noticed is HOW NICE THE PAPER IS ON THE NEW ONE!! It’s so smooth, but has some more resistance and thickness than printer paper, whereas the dollar store one I had is so rough and smudges so much!
You can also use both sides of the paper more, whereas in dollar store sketchbook, you can only use one side. (Or it smudges too much/you can see the indents from the drawings in the other side).
Anyways, I’m unsure how well my new one will hold if I drop it or treat it without care (after all, I’m using this for art class as well and my friends will touch it carelessly), but I can tell you for sure that my old sketchbook that I’ve used for like a year is falling apart- and I’ve only used less than half of the pages!
In all honesty, the paper quality is enough for me to convince others to invest more money in their sketchbooks. I wouldn’t pay 20 dollars for mine, but I mean if you can use a coupon, do it! Dollar store prices are rising, and it’s totally NOT WORTH to get my old sketchbook for 4.