Strathmore Mixed Media Sketchbook: Review + why I love it

I’ve enjoyed filling my Strathmore Mixed Media Sketchbook with rainbows of my own and today I’m sharing a quick review that you might find helpful.

I love creating Mixed Media Art, and this sketchbook definitely rose to the occasion!

Strathmore mixed media sketchbook 500 series

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While I’ve used their other Mixed Media Sketchbooks for hand lettering before, this is my first sketchbook from the Strathmore 500 series. The 500 series are a bit more expensive, but I think worth it for the quality. They come in both Hardcover and softcover.

This is the Strathmore Mixed Media Sketchbook I chose to buy. I loved the smaller rectangle size and I loved how soft to touch the cover felt.

Strathmore Mixed Media Sketchbook:

Below are the specifics of the Strathmore Mixed Media Sketchbook as supplied by the manufacturer.

  • 7.75″ x 9.75″ size, White, 32 Sheets
  • Internally sized for use with wet media with a durable vellum finish for drawing techniques.
  • Archival grade and lignin-free paper.
  • 90 lb / 190 gsm
  • 100% Cotton, acid-Free
  • Made in the USA

My Rainbow Sketchbook Pages

I used my Strathmore Mixed Media Sketchbook as a Rainbow Sketchbook and found creative ways to create abstract rainbow art and also rainbow lettering.

FlipThrough Video:

My Strathmore Mixed Media Sketchbook review:

This is a Mixed Media sketchbook and boy did I put it through the test!

  1. I’ve used a brush pen with a blending pen to soften colors here.
  2. Brush Lettered with brush pen here.
  3. Watercolored with Tombow Brush Pens in this sketchbook here. This paper works beautifully with this technique!
  4. Added texture by sprinkling salt over watercolor here.

I went overboard and adding a lot of water to my pages, and a few of the pages have warped slightly but not too much. I enjoyed using this sketchbook, the paper quality is amazing and now I am contemplating trying out this Strathmore 500 Watercolor series travel journal next.

Other Strathmore Mixed Media Sketchbooks I’ve used:

Have questions for me? Drop a comment below and I’ll answer them here 🙂


Do you find that you prefer a bound sketchbook because it allows for two-page spreads or do you find that it’s annoying to prop open?

Such a great question! This is my first bound sketchbook- I always prefer spiral binding because it is so much easier to use. BUT I’ve been loving the two-page spread option with this sketchbook! The first few pages might seem stiff but I haven’t found it tough to prop open too much afterward.

Hi I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.

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  1. I’m working on your method of using Tombows to color circles. I’m not satisfied with my interpretation yet, so I’ll keep practicing!

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