If you're a stationery enthusiast, you're probably always on the lookout for high-quality paper products that can elevate your art and writing. That's why we're excited to announce that we now stock Hahnemühle sketchbooks, one of the most respected paper brands in the world. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at the history of Hahnemühle, the quality of their paper, and why their sketchbooks are a great choice for artists and writers alike.
The History of Hahnemühle
Hahnemühle is a German paper company that has been in business since 1584. Yes, you read that right - they have over 400 years of experience in making paper products! Over the centuries, Hahnemühle has become known for their high-quality papers that are used by artists, photographers, and printmakers around the world. They are committed to using sustainable materials and eco-friendly manufacturing processes, in fact all their products are vegan, with no animal products used in any part of their manufacturing process, making them a responsible choice for those who care about the environment.
The Quality of Hahnemühle Paper
One of the things that sets Hahnemühle apart from other paper brands is the quality of their paper. They offer a wide range of papers that are suitable for different techniques, such as watercolours, drawing, and printmaking. Their paper is acid-free and pH-neutral, which means it won't yellow or degrade over time. They also use high-quality materials, such as cotton and alpha cellulose, to ensure that their paper is durable and can handle repeated erasing and layering.
Now, let's talk about the Hahnemühle sketchbooks that we're stocking in our store. These sketchbooks are made with the same high-quality paper that Hahnemühle is known for, and are available in a range of sizes and formats.
The paper in Hahnemühle sketchbooks ranges from 80 to 200 GSM, depending on the type of paper and format. This means that you can choose the thickness and weight that works best for your medium and style.
Understanding Paper GSM and Why It Matters for Sketchbooks:
When choosing a sketchbook, one of the most important factors to consider is the weight of the paper, which is often measured in GSM (grams per square meter). This measurement tells you how thick and heavy the paper is, and can affect how your media reacts on the page.
Generally, a higher GSM means thicker and more durable paper, which can handle heavier media and repeated erasing without tearing or bleeding. However, it also means that the sketchbook will be heavier and bulkier, which may not be ideal for artists who like to work on-the-go.
For sketchbooks, the ideal GSM can vary depending on the artist's preference and medium. For example, a sketchbook meant for pencil sketches and light ink work may have a lower GSM of around 80-100, while a sketchbook meant for watercolors or heavy inking may have a higher GSM of 200 or more.
In Hahnemühle sketchbooks, you'll find a variety of GSM options to choose from, so you can select the one that best suits your style and medium. Whether you're a beginner or a professional, understanding paper GSM can help you make an informed decision when selecting a sketchbook.
Paper for Watercolours
If you're a watercolour artist, you'll be happy to know that Hahnemühle offers sketchbooks specifically designed for watercolours. These sketchbooks have a special paper that can handle wet media without buckling or bleeding.
They also make a watercolour book with 100% cotton paper, which is considered the gold standard for watercolour painting. It is durable, long-lasting, and can absorb water and pigment without warping or buckling. The cotton fibres allow the page to hold more water and dry slower which is especially important if you use the wet on wet technique.
Overall, if you're a watercolour artist looking for a high-quality sketchbook that can handle wet media without compromising on quality, Hahnemühle's 100% cotton watercolour books are an excellent choice.
If you're looking for high-quality paper products that can take your art and writing to the next level, Hahnemühle is a brand that you should consider. With their long history of papermaking and commitment to quality and sustainability, you can trust that their products will deliver the results you're looking for. And with our selection of Hahnemühle sketchbooks, you can start creating your next masterpiece today!