Last year, I bought two different Crescent Rendr sketch books at Blick. Rumours had it in the social media, that it was the best paper for alcohol markers, because the ink doesn’t bleed through the paper. Wait, what? Is that even possible? So, I had to try. Now, that I did, I think a little review is in order.




Brand: Crescent Rendr sketch book, No Show Thru Paper

Size:  21,5 cm x 27,9 cm – 8  1/2″ x 11″

Quality: Acid- ligning free

Weigh: 180gsm 110lb

The markers used: Copics, Promarkers, Prismacolours, Blick, Db-twin.

Is really the Crescent Rendr no show through paper sketchbook?

Yes, indeed it is!!!  The satisfaction to colour the page, flip over and see the pages completely pristine is AWESOME! If you are an alcohol marker user, you know how annoying it is, to see the markers bleeding through the page, and ruining the following ones. Well, it end now with Crescent Rendr! And yes,  you can use both side. So, you can draw double pages illustration. Yay! ( also saving money by actually drawing on all the pages!)


Doesn’t show through. The back is perfect!


Apparently, the paper is suitable for all media. Such as spray, pastel, paint on it. I tried with gilding flakes and liquid gold and the result is remarkable.

On the downside:


  • It’s not a normal white colour and there must be some chemical product there. Therefore, the colours of the markers are somehow slightly different and a bit darker. (Tip: A colour chart page could be a good idea!)
  • Weirdly enough, the pages of the drawing pad doesn’t looks as uniform as the sketchbook. It’s like some oily tiny patches in the paper.
  • It’s not odourless. The Drawing pad has a stronger smell than the Sketchbook.



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Conclusion: It’s a keeper!

I recommend the Sketchbook. It is certainly a perfect permanent marker sketchbook. It’s 100% bleedproof . Hence, I will buy more of it. I probably won’t buy the drawing pad. Although the result is the same, no show through, totally bleed proof . The paper appearance, translucent white “greyish” colour, however do put me a bit off, just a question personal taste. Nonetheless, both sketchbook and drawing pad are good mixed media paper for markers.