Arteza Spiral Bound Sketch Book, 3-Pack

Last updated date: October 30, 2020

DWYM Score

9.2

Arteza Spiral Bound Sketch Book, 3-Pack

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We looked at the top Sketch Books and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Sketch Book you should buy.

Editor's Note October 30, 2020:
Checkout The Best Sketch Book for a detailed review of all the top sketch books.

Overall Take

These sketch pads use acid-free paper designed to prevent bleeding. So, artists can experiment with everything from colored pencils to thick markers. The perforated pages also allow for easy removal. Users should take extra care when storing this sketch pad in a bookbag, as the soft cover is susceptible to tearing.


In our analysis of 69 expert reviews, the Arteza Arteza Spiral Bound Sketch Book, 3-Pack placed 4th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

SketchBooks 5.5x8.5 (1 banner) SketchBooks 5.5x8.5 (2 banner) SketchBooks 5.5x8.5 (3 banner, US) ARTZ-8091_Sketch_Book_Pad_Spiral_Sketchbook_Art_Drawing_Paper_9X12 ARTZ-8375_Spiral-Bound_Gray_Toned_Acid-Free_Sketch_Pad_9x12 ARTZ-8377_9X12_Black_Sketch_Pad_Pack_of_2 ARTZ-8377_9X12_BlacARTZ-8379_11X14_Black_Sketch_Pad_Pack_of_3k_Sketch_Pad_Pack_of_2 ARTZ-8893_5.5X8.5_Gray_Toned_Sketch_Pad_Pack_of_3 ARTZ-8895_5.5X8.5_Black_Sketch_Pad_Pack_of_3 Sketch Book Pad, Spiral Sketchbook (68lb/100g, 200 Sheets, 2 Pack) 9x12" Spiral-Bound Gray Toned Acid-Free Sketch Pad, 9x12 inches, 2 Pack 9X12” Black Sketch Pad, Pack of 2, 60 Sheets (90lb/150gsm), 30 Sheets Each 11X14” Black Sketch Pad, Pack of 3, 150 Sheets (90lb/150gsm), 50 Sheets Each 5.5X8.5" Gray Toned Sketch Pad, Pack of 3, 150 Sheets (80lb/118 GSM) 5.5X8.5” Black Sketch Pad, Pack of 3, 150 Sheets (90lb/150gsm), 50 Sheets Each ARTZ-8071_Professional_Colored_Pencils_48 ARTZ-8072_Professional_colored_pencils_72 ARTZ-8119_Wood-Cased_Pencils_Latex_Free_Erasers_Box_of_48 ARTZ-8121_Wood-Cased_Pencils_Latex_Free_Erasers_Box_of_72 ARTZ-8122_Wood-Cased_Pencils_Latex_Free_Erasers_Box_of_96 ARTZ-8115_Wood-Cased_Pencils_Latex_Free_Erasers_Box_of_180 Professional Colored Pencils (Set of 48) Professional Colored Pencils (Set of 72) Wood-Cased Pencils - Pre-Sharpened - Latex Free Erasers - (Box of 48) #2 HB Wood-Cased Pencils - Pre-Sharpened - Latex Free Erasers - (Box of 72) #2 HB Wood-Cased Pencils - Pre-Sharpened - Latex Free Erasers - (Box of 96) #2 HB Wood-Cased Pencils - Pre-Sharpened - Latex Free Erasers - (Box of 180) #2 HB Pack Size 48 72 48 72 96 180 Available Colors 48 72 Gray Gray Gray Gray Wood-cased ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Non-toxic ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Latex-free Erasers ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Tin Box ✓ ✓

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.2
3 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.4
144 user reviews

What experts liked

The ARTEZA are the smallest sketchbooks on our list, making them ideal for traveling. The spiral bound notebook has perforated edges for easy removal and the thick, acid-free paper works with pens, pencils and pastels, boasting minimal bleed-through and fading.
- Spy
August 2, 2019 | Full review
Nice texture, worked great with everything I tested it with.
- Sam Be Awesome
March 3, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Customers note that the ARTEZA are better suited for beginner artists and find that the flimsy cover means the book can easily be crushed in a backpack.
- Spy
August 2, 2019 | Full review
Hardcover, least for me. While it keeps the pages flat and more protected, I like easy access, and opening it up quickly was difficult.
- Sam Be Awesome
March 3, 2018 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Amy Markham   
Artist and art educator

Artist and educator Amy Markham is the creator of Starling, a podcast dedicated to helping artists develop depth in their creative practice. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Amy has been an art educator since 2001. Today, she teaches middle school art at a school outside of Memphis, Tennessee. Her personal artwork explores myth-making and symbolic understandings. Through her brand, Starling Creative Living, she leads others to explore art production as a method for enriching their life experience.

An Overview On Sketch Books

You never know when your next creative idea will strike, so it’s a good idea to have a sketch pad and drawing utensils handy. Not all sketch pads are created equal, however. So before you purchase one, you’ll want to take into consideration a few important features.

First, determine whether the company producing the sketch pad takes measures to protect the environment. For example, some brands only use paper created from certified sustainable forests. They prominently display a sticker with this information right on the front cover of the pad.

Next, decide whether you’d like the sketch pad to have a soft or hardcover.  Soft covers tend to come with a spiral binding, which allows you to quickly flip through the pages. But, they can also be susceptible to damage and tearing when placed in a bookbag. Hardcovers protect the pages better, and if you opt for a leather cover, you’ll also enjoy the anti-slip surface.

Consider the shape of the sketchbook pages. Traditional pads are rectangular in shape, but now artists have the option of buying square-shaped sketch pads. The benefit to this shape is that it’s better for sharing pictures of the sketches on social media.

The size of your sketchbook is also important. “Is it something you plan to carry with you and use on the go? If so, think about where it needs to fit,” says art educator Amy Markham. Her podcast “Starling” helps artists develop their creative process. “Will you carry it in a backpack, a purse or a pocket? Some people prefer to have a smaller sketchbook to carry around and a larger one for planning out ideas when they are at home.”

Finally, you’ll need to think about what sort of paper is best suited to your needs. “If you are mainly using your book for pencil sketches and the occasional pen, then standard sketchbook paper will work. If you are using markers, inks or some light watercolors, opt for a mixed media paper,” says Markham.  “Sketch paper will not absorb wet media. If you know you are going to be painting often in your sketchbook, go for a watercolor paper sketchbook.”

Don’t forget to check the thickness, weight and absorbency of the pages as well. Thinner pages will leave press-through impressions on the pages behind them.

The Sketch Book Buying Guide

  • You can frame your favorite sketches and give them away as gifts or use them to decorate your home. If the sketch pad page is not the same size as a traditional frame, you can take it to a craft store and have a custom frame made.
  • Sketching just a few minutes every day is a great way to improve your speed and accuracy.
  • You don’t have to confine yourself to using the sketch pad for drawings only. You can also write to-do lists in them, create calendars or document your observations when bird watching. Another option is to use the pad as a visual journal, combining your written thoughts with important images that remind you about the day. If you travel, for example, you may wish to draw the Eiffel Tower and then write about the sites and sounds you experienced from the observation deck.
  • Keep your sketchbook away from any liquids. Accidental spills can ruin the pad’s pages.
  • When it comes time to compare sketch pad prices, you need to consider whether the book has a hard or softcover. Sketch pads with a hardcover, like the Moleskine Art Plain Sketch Book, 104-Page, command a higher price than those with soft covers, like the conda Double-Sided Hardbound Sketch Book. The Arteza Sketch Book, Pack of 3 contains multiple pads, so you’ll need to divide the number of pads by the total cost to determine the price per sketchbook.