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Tip: Make Your Own Watercolor Pad

Here's a tip on how to make your own watercolor pad notebook.
Take a sheet of 140 lb CP watercolor paper and divide it into 10 equal pieces, then go to Staples or any local office supply store that makes copies with full services and have it made into a spiral-bound notebook. 

Instead of spending a lot of money on purchasing a notebook from an Art store that may or may not have the kind of paper you want, get exactly what you needed. The cost is minimal for this service for instance these watercolor notebook only cost $ 1.50 for the cover and binding. 

By making your own notebook you can create any size booklet that you want. This is a perfect idea for traveling, testing colors combinations or taking notes when going to workshops. 


  1. Speaking of traveling, I'd love to see a blog post on how to travel with watercolors (and how to minimize what you pack). Thanks for the make-it-yourself idea for the watercolor pads! ~ Shayne Train

    1. Hi Shane here is a neat tip for making your own inexpensive travel kit

  2. I was wondering if it's important to have the sheets precut if so is this why the rest doesn't cost as much? Or is this the way that they prefer? I'll need to go check myself I guess but since it is mentioned ad what an excellent idea it is I thought I'd ask.

    1. Hi Michael, from my experience it is better to have the paper precut to the size, then bring it in. Otherwise there will be additional cutting charge. The cost may vary the larger you go.

  3. Thanks Birgit, wonderful idea. Love the new idea about workshops as am going to one in FL end of July, packed too much last year (too much ambition not enough time) and want to know i.e., what style of pallette, how many paints, brushes, paper, etc. Thanks Would be great!

  4. The other nice thing about making your own books is that you can include a mix of different papers if you choose - perhaps some smooth and some rough or some lined every now and then for notes, or some lighter weight and some heavier, and you can make your own cover, perhaps painted and laminated, so they are truly your own and unique!

  5. you make copies of what the watercolor paper? well that is just copy paper u cant paint watercolors on copy paper.

    1. No, you bring the cut pieces of watercolor paper into store (where they make copies, brochures, notebooks, general printing etc) and ask them to spiral or ring bind it into a notebook with a cover.


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