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April 28, 2020
I love cotton rag paper - aka khadi paper - don't you? It's so tactile, a real pleasure to handle and so pleasing to look at. Plus, it makes artwork look amazing! Cotton rag paper is handmade, so no two pages are exactly the same, and it has attractive deckle edges because it's made in a mould.
And the icing on the cake, for me, is that it's environmentally sustainable - it's made from recycled textile manufacturing waste (e.g. t-shirt offcuts) that would otherwise end up in landfill. But that's not all - it's also fairtrade so you know the people who made it are fairly treated and given a decent wage. Win, win, win!
The cotton rag paper in my sketchbooks is strong and sized for extra wet strength. So you can use it for watercolour and ink, as well as dry mediums like the Graphitint pencils I used in the image at the top of this blog post. Oh, and have you tried stitching into paper? Scroll down for inspiration!
These cotton rag sketchbooks are stitched in the traditional Japanese Hemp Leaf pattern. Other patterns are also available.
These sketchbooks are held closed with a linen ribbon. Like cotton rag paper, linen is an eco-friendly material.
Why not experiment with stitching into your cotton rag sketchbook?
These concertinas are stitched at their centre page, each 'arm' extends outwards and folds in when you've finished using it. Heavyweight cartridge pages are suitable for all dry mediums, ink and light watercolour.
You can decorate the Concertina Sketchbook's cotton rag covers, too!
From watercolour to ink and pencil, collage to stitching, cotton rag paper is great artist's medium. I'm almost always thinking of new ways I can put it to use, so why not sign up to my newsletter so you know when new styles are released?
You can find my full range of Artist's Sketchbooks here, from paperback cotton rag paperbacks, to watercolour sketchbooks with leather covers and vegan sketchbooks bound in cork.
Happy making, drawing, painting and stitching, everyone!
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