The thing with sketchbooks, is you need good paper. It really does make all the difference to a decent sketch. So you can image how challenging a Khadi-paper sketchbook can be. Not only is the paper roughly textured, but it swallows up watercolour like there is no tomorrow!
However, there is always a Solution
and for this sketchbook I prepared some pages with gesso.
This will enable me to use acrylics for sketching ideas.
Prep with grey gesso and below
white/burnt sienna mix
As the gesso dries permanent, this makes it an ideal surface for acrylic paints -
of course, you could also prepare the pages with White gesso, I just chose not to.
Not all pages are gessoed though.
I have also painted directly on the white pages with acrylics -
rough 'blocking in' idea for a future painting.
They remind me where I want to go with a large canvas.
This sketchbook is proving to be worth its weight in gold.