Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Koala Tools Circular Grid Sketchbook

So I saw this new book on sale at the Dick Blick site,
and thought why not try it out!
The book comes with 60 pages of pre-drawn
circles for mandala art. 
Even though the ad says
60 pages, 120 surfaces -
it really only has 30 sheets. I counted it.
30 sheets of paper
with the circle grids printed on both sides.
30 + 30 = 60
There you go, math geeks!

The Blick ad also stated that when I scanned
my piece of art, the teal lines would "become invisible when scanned."
So not true.
I am sure I can do that in photoshop if someone would
be so kind as to tell me how.
I tried everything I could think of. 
And although they offer this as a both-sides-of-the-page usable book, 
I would not suggest doing so. 
The places that I filled with solid black -
you can see bits of it on the reverse side of the page.
On the other hand, I really like drawing on this paper,
so smooth and the pens just glide across.
I used a copic multiliner, a bit of Sharpie fine point,
a white gel pen, and regular pencil and tort for
It all worked great. 

The pre-printed circles mean even sections,
and working one or two rings at a time was
super simple. 

The paper is thin, so I am thinking wet media
or markers is not the way to go here.
Be prepared for standard black and white,
with colored pencils getting thrown in.

So, yes, I would recommend this book with the
understanding it really has 30 usable work surfaces
and won't stand up to wet media.


  1. Thank you for bringing this product to my attention! Have you checked out their website( Ohhhh! The Ring Ruler! The Versa Ruler! Can't afford the Versa right now, but I got some of the other stuff.

    1. I did. That ring ruler looks pretty cool. I noticed their site says there are 60 sheets. I wonder if I got a bumb book with just 30 sheets.

  2. Alice
    IN photoshop, try adjusting the hue and saturation settings for cyan and blue - minimum saturation, maximum lightness. It may get rid of those lines on a black and white drawing. I think I'd just use them as a template for anything I really wanted to get involved in and colorize.

    1. thanks for the response - actually that was the first thing I tried in photoshop. did not work. oh well, at least I'm having fun

  3. that is such a cool paper and makes making mandalas so much easier. Interesting to learn that scanning doesn't in fact take the turquoise away. Hmmm, I just bought a pencil that's supposed to be like that. Haven't gotten around to trying yet. Hmmm. LOL. Thanks for the review!

    1. I'd love to know how your pencil works. I still like this paper even though I can't get rid of the teal.

  4. Ha - you just reminded me about the Helix circle maker that I was wishing for, checked my Amazon wish list to find it reduced by over 80% .......... making it affordable - much too much temptation so purchased. Now I just need time for tangling............ Loving seeing how you use these grids - great fun by the looks of it.

    1. good, I'm glad you found it on sale! one day you will have time to tangle and it will be ready and waiting :)


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