satan-chan asked: Where did you get you book for Dipper's book? I am looking for a good base book for my own :'D
First off, thank you for asking an excellent question. I enjoy cosplay but rarely have an excuse to bring up the subject here. Please forgive me if I ramble.
Short answer: Not all “economic” sketchbooks are created equal. You may need to experiment.
Assuming you’re going to be using a tea (or coffee) method to dye the pages, you’ll need something that will endure the rigors of the process. As I discovered the hard way, the “Artist’s Loft” brand sold at Michael’s stores did not. The paper had very nearly disintegrated by the time I was through dyeing.
In the end, I got much better results from a 8.5 x 11” sketchbook purchased at Jo-Ann’s. It was sold under the brand name “Art Alternatives”. The paper held up MUCH better to moisture than the previous one but I still ended up dyeing every page individually; a grueling process. I only experimented with relatively inexpensive finds (I’m curious if higher end sketchbooks would fare any better…)
Good luck sketchbook hunting! I hope I was able to help, if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.