WHAT ARE THE BEST TYPES OF SKETCHBOOK COVERS?
Sketchbooks have been around since the Renaissance, and their popularity has only increased in recent years. With so many options on the market, it can be tough to decide which sketchbook is right for you. While most people are looking for the best paper for their art journals, the type of covers on the books also play into the choice of which one to purchase.
Here's a rundown of some of the most popular sketchbook covers, to help you make the best decision for your needs.
Real cow leather: One of the most traditional sketchbook materials, cow leather is durable and has a classic look. However, it can be expensive, and some artists find it too stiff to work with. When you find a less expensive real leather cover be careful because some book makers reduce costs by using only a very thin layer of material. These cheaper sketchbooks might be "real cow leather" but the top layer is so thin that it will not hold up to even minimal use. Also, some consumers are concerned about the environmental and humanitarian effects of choosing cow leather.
PU (polyurethane) "vegan" leather: An alternative to real animal hide, this type of synthetic material can be purchased at a lower price point. While some people don't like the artificial look and feel of polyurethane, PU covers can come in a wide variety of textures and designs that feel almost as nice as the real thing. And because of its low impact on the environment it is often considered a better choice. Vegan leather covers provide protection from moisture while at the same time weighing less than bulky leather-bound books.
Fabric: A popular choice for sketchbooks, fabric covers come in a wide range of colors and patterns. Acrylic, cotton, silk, or burlap are popular book covers. They're usually quite affordable, but some people find them less durable than other materials.
Cardboard: One of the most affordable sketchbook options, cardboard covers are lightweight and easy to find. These are preferred by artists who want to add decorative stickers to their sketchbook covers. However, they're not as durable as other materials. Some buyers reject cardboard covers because they don't look as pleasing as cloth, leather or PU books.
When it comes to choosing the right sketchbook for you, it's important to consider both the material of the cover and the type of paper inside. With so many cover options out there, you're sure to find the perfect sketchbook for you.
Soft to the touch: Leda Art Supply’s popular large 10 x 7 inch sketchbook comes with a PU vegan leather cover. The nicely textured surface is a delight to hold in your hands.