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Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2017
There's a lot to love about the Canson XL series. When they say mix media, unlike others, they MEAN it. I've used pencil, pen, copics, charcoal, and watercolors in this sketchbook, and it's held up VERY well with all of these.

As you can see in my attached pictures, you can draw in pencil, and there's minimal pencil transfer on facing pages.

With watercolor, I will say that you DO get some warping of pages (still great for light washes/studies/tests), but I haven't experienced much bleed. (There is, sometimes, this funkiness as if the paper's refusing to accept the watercolor, but if you work it for a few seconds, it tends to take.) Also, the paper does start to break apart if it's too saturated with water, so I'd definitely stick to the light washes/studies/tests. Don't go too hardcore with wet media. (I know this seems a little critical, but I have had a lot of success using this sketchbook for wet media! You just shouldn't fuss with it too much.)

With copics, you WILL get some bleed (see attached picture) but just slip a paper behind it the page you're drawing on.

In general, the paper's really great. Thick, heavy, and durable. You can erase easily and without damaging the paper, and the binding holds up well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Mix Media Sketchbook!
By Ari on March 5, 2017
There's a lot to love about the Canson XL series. When they say mix media, unlike others, they MEAN it. I've used pencil, pen, copics, charcoal, and watercolors in this sketchbook, and it's held up VERY well with all of these.

As you can see in my attached pictures, you can draw in pencil, and there's minimal pencil transfer on facing pages.

With watercolor, I will say that you DO get some warping of pages (still great for light washes/studies/tests), but I haven't experienced much bleed. (There is, sometimes, this funkiness as if the paper's refusing to accept the watercolor, but if you work it for a few seconds, it tends to take.) Also, the paper does start to break apart if it's too saturated with water, so I'd definitely stick to the light washes/studies/tests. Don't go too hardcore with wet media. (I know this seems a little critical, but I have had a lot of success using this sketchbook for wet media! You just shouldn't fuss with it too much.)

With copics, you WILL get some bleed (see attached picture) but just slip a paper behind it the page you're drawing on.

In general, the paper's really great. Thick, heavy, and durable. You can erase easily and without damaging the paper, and the binding holds up well.
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