Sketchbook Essentials

IMG_9407 As an architecture student, carrying a sketchbook everyday is essential. I've also loved collecting little notebooks and journals since I was little..did somebody say Lisa Frank diary? Anyway, since I've been traveling a lot recently, I've obviously picked up a few souvenirs from each place, and lately I have been drawn to sketchbooks. I think these are the perfect things to buy in each city because they don't just sit on a shelf and collect dust. I carry these around and not only are they useful, they remind me of my travels each time I use one. Today I'm sharing my recent favorites with you!

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My first favorite is this Urban Gridded Notebook by Walking-Things. I picked this baby up at the Vitra Museum in Germany and was instantly obsessed with it. I've been really into anything with a map on it recently, and this one has the city grids of over 160 countries printed on its pages...in alphabetical order to boot! Admittedly, I think this notebook is so cool I've had trouble putting pen to paper in fear that I'll "ruin" it because I'm kind of OCD like that. But since I have been traveling to a lot of the cities on its pages, I've decided I will make little collages and entries about each city that I go to!

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Another pick are my staple sketchbooks by Quattro. Now I didn't pick these up while traveling, but they are the ones I use for studio and urban classes, and I carry them with me everywhere. I have talked about these sketchbooks on the blog before, but I love the quality and texture of this paper and the various sizes are just perfect in my opinion. They're also accessible online and at my favorite art store, Arizona Art Supply, so I never have to worry about running out!

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My final favorite is this VitraHaus notebook I also picked up at the Vitra Design Museum. This was the perfect way to remember my trip to Vitra because it's shape is modeled after the iconic VitraHaus [pictured above] and the archetypal house shape in general. I am excited to use this one because I think the unconventional shape will be a fun challenge for drawing and notetaking.

So tell me, what are your favorite sketchbooks? I'd love to know! x. Paige

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