Oh dear. It appears that Surrey Sketchbooks have been discontinued and I can’t find anyone with any in stock.
I’ve been using these sketchbooks for several years and I love them.
I’ve tried other kinds of sketchbooks, different weight and tooth of paper, but this particular brand have suited me well. Not perfect but the best I’ve tried and a reasonable price too.
So now I have to find a new make of sketchbook to fall in love with.
Something A6 in size (or near to that), with heavy enough paper to take watercolour without sucking up too much wash at once, smooth enough paper to suit my pen strokes but not so smooth as to make the ink or watercolour pool on the surface, bound with a hardcover and definately not with perforations on the pages or spiral bound like so many of the mainstream highstreet makes have.
I’m nervous and unsure how many I will need to buy and to try before I find the right fit.
Who would have thought a little book full of plain paper could be tricky?
I have a pad of A5 paper which I love to make into a couple of A6 sketchbooks myself. It’s not too complicated to do but with my health/energy problems there’s a need to have the option to just take a fresh sketchbook off the shelf.
I can remember thinking how wonderful it would be to have regular everday artists kit that I loved and used all the time. To be one of those people who had discovered the tools they needed to just get on with the creating bit.
Now I realise that’s what I have but that when one of your staples goes out of production it’s kind of unsettling.
But I also know that there’s a real possibility I’m going to discover a sketchbook that’s even better than my beloved Surrey Sketchbooks that have served me so well.