Friday, March 23, 2018

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N E W S  a n d  T I P S
Amazon's Choicefor "mechanical pencil drawing"

Leda Put to Mixed Media Test:
Art Blogger Alice Hedon Applies 20 Lays of Medium to her Leda Sketchbook!
Result? Leda passes with flying colors!

Mother Leda's Cupboard is Restocked!
Mother Leda is pleased to announce that her medium, large and extra large size sketchbooks are now live on Amazon!
Her cupboard is almost full.

We do have Leda Mechanical Pencil Set for sale.
NEW: Check out the Leda Mechanical Colored Pencil Set and our new Lead Refill Pack.

Kyle announces lucky winners before 100 Facebook fans.
Andy was randomly selected among top engaged contestants. 
His prize:  
4 x Leda Art Supply sketchbooks, assorted sizes
1 x Watercolor ground, buff titanium, 4-ounce jar
1 x Micro-Line Ultra Fine Point Ink Pens - Set of 16
1 x Leonardo Collection Learn To Draw Comics set
1 x Colored pencil set of 72, includes premium colors
1 x Leda Art Supply 12 piece pencil set
1 x Art portfolio with handles, black 28” sketch bag with zipper and pocket
1 x Vintage leather zippered brush/pen/pencil bag, tan
1 x Darice 1103-084 Studio 71, 34 Piece Watercolor Painting Set, Wood Box Art Set
1 x Chinese Calligraphy Complete Art Brush set and Magic Aqua Ink Reusable Paper Learning kit
1 x Speedball Calligraphy Set
1 x Steal Like An Artist (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) by Austin Kleon

In addition to the prizes listed above we added our new Colored Pencil Set and Black and Colored Lead Refill Pack!

Runners up 
Demi, Moorhead MN — Four pack Leda sketchbooks 
Tara, Lakeland, FL — Pencil set and extra large book
DeAnn, Birmingham, AL — Pencil set and extra large book 
Joshua, Port Saint Lucie, FL — Pencil set and large book

Merit Awards
Elysa, Madison,Al — Colored pencil set
Jesse, Staten Island, NY — Colored pencil set
Kathryn, Chaska, MN — Colored pencil set
Joaquin, Heber City — Colored pencil set

Watch the Leda Life Announcement seen by 150 fans on Facebook! 

Medium Leda sketchbooks up north! 
Go Canada!
Canadians can now purchase the Leda sketchbook directly from 
To get the ball rolling we sent a medium book to Mother Leda's favorite Canadian Fan Mervette from Vancouver. Mervette says that she uses the journal for both writing and sketching.

                                      NEW ADDITIONS!  
                        Two more seats at Mother Leda's table
Leda Mechanical Lead Refill Pack. 
Leda Mechanical Colored Pencil Set.

Testing Leda in the Deserts of Eastern California MORE
Leda Put to Test in deserts of Palm Springs
Tough job, but somebody has to do it!
See Christmas Vacation Sketches here. 

Leda fan Ha Pham made this sketch
using the Leda Mechanical Pencil


Kyle announced the winner from the
 Leda Art Studios in Kirkland, WA
Congratulations Adelina from Denver for winning our first Leda ULTIMATE Sketch Package!

Our fleet of magic swans will begin delivering 14 different art material goodies to her door step in the next few days!

Leda Art Supply Marketing Director Kyle announced the winner on our first Leda Live broadcast on Facebook Wednesday, Dec. 13. Five other Leda fans also won prizes.

Disappointed you didn't win?
Good news!
Look for Mother Leda's next giveaway after Christmas!
(New contest is EVEN bigger!)

Review: Leda Art Supply Sketchbook

A few months ago, I was sent a Leda Art Supply sketchbook to check out. After using it for a while with various drawing media, I'm pretty impressed by the quality. MORE

Cup of Tea
Leda is "a work of art" says Suman

Joannes's latest doodle in her Leda. 
Leda gets Best Seller Badge in Germany! 

Alekandra's art using the Leda sketchbook

Leda takes a variety of mediums.  

Mother Leda Made a Pencil Set Just for You! 
5B art lead designed for sketching! 

Check out the Leda Mechanical Pencil Set now live on Amazon!

A+ Pencil Set! Say Jared

This pencil kicks ####. I had picked up a 5 pack of
different types of pencils in different lead gauges and softness and
must say id rather have the single pencil vs the set i purchased.
i think a lot of people will really dig this .

Its an A+ sketch pencil. Never owned such a nice writing
utensil will have to keep guard of it closely because I can tell
that my finance wants it too lol. 

—Email from Leda fan Jared from Florida, 9, 11, 2017

Leda Odyssey Sketchbook Review by GxArtistic

Gary and Teresa Gillespie in LA
Leda Goes LA LA
Leda designer Gary Gillespie field tests his sketchbook at four Los Angeles art museums.

Tabitha says: Been watching a lil too much GOT lol.
Graphite pencils and koi watercolor palette in my large Leda sketchbook

This artist loves Leda sketchbooks. Watch this 4 minute review from BitterSweetNitemare.

Leda is perfect for recording your memories. 

Leda sketchbooks now available in the UK,
 Germany, France, Italy and Spain! 

New York Graffiti Artist Praises Leda!

"Best sketchbook I've ever used!" says Artist Block

Leda Goes to Whistler 
Medium and large Leda on vacation 

The ideal travel book took a vacation to the Canadian mountain ski town for some summer fun. Designed to weigh less than hardbacked art journals, the Leda is perfect for sketching plein air.


Congratulations Pavel Tomekek
Mother Leda is Pleased

for Posting our 500th Review

Reaching 500 reviews in the competitive niche of sketchbooks on Amazon is an amazing milestone for our small company.

Mother Leda sent Pavel a 3 Size multi pack of our premium sketchbooks as a commemorative gift. Go Pavel!

Leda is the perfect travel sketchbook

Use the Leda to Make Photos. 

Photographer Discovers how to Print a photo
directly onto his sketchbook! 

Enthused Customer Praises Leda
(June 7, 2017)
I have received the Leda Odyssey Sketchbook and am very pleased with it!
I very much like the paper finish, tooth, and off-white color. I have done a couple of sketches in 2-B pencil in it and love the wide range of values possible. The 7x10 size is perfect for my needs also.

I like the durable cover material and the overall construction! And, the back pocket is an added bonus that I didn't expect. Great sketchbook! Thanks!

Get Leda's Sketchbooks in Bundles!
Do you have a whole lotta of sketchin' going on?

Pick a combination and save on one order.

1. All four sizes.
2. Small, medium, large.
3. Two extra large.
4. Three large books.
5. Three small.
6. Two large.
7. Three medium.
8. Three extra large.
9. Two medium.

Amazon now Global
Leda customers worldwide are now able to purchase our premium sketchbook on the site with the new Global Export program.

At checkout, the amount paid by includes international shipping and any customs fees or import duties. Shipment rates and fees vary depending on your delivery address.

Learn to observe plants and animals on the trail.
Maybe a quick Grizzly bear sketch? 
Leda Art Supply Brand Ambassador Jeff Wohl -- a wilderness hiking instructor -- just sent us photos of a training session for new leaders that he lead in Wyoming.

Part of the training includes how to make a backcountry journal. We sent him a box of small books just for the class.

The new National Outdoor Leadership School instructors will include journalling on the trips that they will direct in the weeks to come.

These guides will soon teach hikers
the art of wilderness journaling
Jeff uses the Leda Pocket sketchbook for all of his backpacking trips. He says that the paper works well for sketches with watercolor wash. The book is lightweight too which makes your backpack easier to haul up the trail.

The pocket Leda is the perfect hiking companion for your wilderness treks this summer. Get one for each member of your group. Right size for kids too.

Order on Amazon.
Three small sketchbooks in one pack.

More about Jeff and the conference. 


This just in. An eBay marketing agent contacted us to say that their metrics show the Leda sketchbook could be a big seller on eBay. They helped us improve our listing and offered free international shipping.

When set up, we will offer FREE international shipping with eBay! That means that Leda fans in Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan and the middle east will be able to order direct. We are working on getting the book to Europe on Amazon.

We will keep you posted when free international shipping is live!

Soon we will be one step closer of fulfilling our mission of helping artists make the whole world a more beautiful place. Go eBay!


Leda Sketchbook worth weight in platinum, says writer 
Mervette from Victoria, Canada loves the Leda paper for journaling. We were delighted to see her review posted on our buy direct web page. 

Keeping Leda Dry in the Wilderness

Leda Brand Ambassador Jeff Wohl with the National Outdoor Leadership School
on a hike in the historic Gila wilderness in New Mexico. MORE

Art by Isabella made with a premium Leda sketchbook. #sketching

Sketch by Spider Ham

One of the Best Sketchbooks Ever! 
Says Amazon Reviewer Spider Ham

"This may be one of the best sketchbooks I've ever used. The pocket in the back is perfect for keeping my stencils and triangle.

Pages are nice and thick and perfect for pen and pencil work.

The medium size book fits perfect in my backpack and the book has held up to daily wear and tear much better than a normal spiral bound sketchbook....

The cream color pages do a good job of show casing your work and color pencils look great on them.

All in all great book and I will buy again."

Artist Makes Music with Leda:
Lenny shares his "Visual Jazz" sketches

Sample Seller's Feedback

  • This sketchbook is perfect for me. I needed a new sketchbook for work so I can stay creative and sketch new ideas down. I really love the size and the texture of the Leda Sketchbook. I also love the Greek Mythology behind the name. I always appreciate a great Greek Mythology story. I will definitely get another. Jane Brown, /5/17

  • "I *love* this sketchbook! The paper is like butter - so smooth but thick enough to handle lots of different media. The buff color is nice to work on. It shows off colors so well. The cover is soft and flexible but seems quite sturdy. I'll definitely purchase this brand again and again." Lana Stuart, 3/1/17

    Leda in the WildernessJeff Wohl takes his students far into the wilderness deserts of Utah's Canyonlands. More

    Charcoal Delight: In Praise of Paper

More art by Human Here 

WINNERS of Sketch Contest! 
Congratulations to Amanda Douin for winning the Colored Pencil Case

Watercolor sketch by
Horse Of Course
Debbie Riley updated her Amazon product review of the Leda sketchbook and posted some artwork.

In an email she praised the book and says

  • "I spend a lot of time with your sketchbooks every day so I am thrilled to get another one.  I love everything from the soft texture of the covers, to the excellent paper, to the elegant logo on the covers.  All good."

See More of Debbie's art

The Eyes Have it! 
Drawing by K'vahzsa Roberts made with a medium Leda sketchbook

See More art by Leda customer K'vahzsa Roberts

Leda Passes with Flying Colors 
Testing Leda Proves Paper is Beautiful
says Art Teacher.
Art Teacher Puts Paper to the Test

Artist and art instructor Valerie McCaffrey of Beverly Farms, MA ordered a Leda sketchbook for possible use in her travel sketchbook class.

She tested the paper and was impressed.

“The paper behaved beautifully with the Prismacolor pencils.” she said.

Valerie decided to use the Leda for her up coming class.

Check out her art and more about her classes:

Leda Brand Ambassador Artist Angel Velasquez at Comic Con 2017

Cartoonist Angel Velasquez sent us a photo all four sizes of the Leda

Gray Jay sketch by Leda Brand Ambassador Jeff Wohl
of the Outdoor Leadership School.
Read more about Jeff 

Honoring Jesse Hsieh

The Leda team had lunch with Jesse Hsieh from Fullerton, CA on Friday, Dec. 16. Jesse took us up on
our offer to take any Leda Art Supply customer to coffee who comes to Kirkland. He was visiting the area to attend a wedding.
The seven of us met at the Wilde Rover Irish Pub in Kirkland to honor Jesse as our 10,000th customer. We gave him a commemorative sketchbook, a coffee card and promised to give him more sketchbooks on request.
He showed us his artwork in several sketchbooks including the Leda. Jesse is an accounting major and art minor at Cal State Fullerton.
Our photographer John videotaped the lunch. We will post the video in a few weeks.
Congratulations Jesse!

Artist Kavita Subramanian Loves Leda Sketchbooks 

Art by Leda Fan 

Kavita Subramanian 

Seattle artist loves the Leda paper for her sketches.

"I have filled up my Leda sketch book with many pictures. I really like the texture and the thickness of the paper- it makes ink look beautiful as does color pencil and graphite. And the leather like cover is excellent anti-slip- very reassuring. The paper color- magnifique!"

       Inside Larry' Art Studio

Sketchbook on Naturalist's Checklist when heading into the mountains.
Read more about Jeff Wolh's trip

Art by Lindsey

New Video: Kyle Flips Through the Leda Sketchbook

And the winners are....


Mother Leda's Private VIP Elysium is closed to only special members of Mother Leda's Brood of Fans. Fifty percent off, be the first to hear about Art Vacations Giveaways and more! Go to the page and request membership. Maybe Leda will be gracious and let you in.

Jeff Wohl used Leda Pocket Sketchbook for month long hike

Alex from Florida Loves Leda

Sketches by Artist Alex Harris

Artist Brenna Garcia Shares drawing of Bill Cipher


                                                                 Larry Calkins on Leda       

Enough to Warm a Mother's Heart--

"Best sketchbook I have ever owned!"

Leda Art Supply Story, June, 10, 2015

About the Sketchbook

7 x 10 inch thread bound sketchbook featuring a resilient soft cover that protects your art and provides support as you draw in the field. 

At one pound two ounces it is light weight and perfect for traveling. Elastic band, bookmark, accordion pocket for pencil included. 

160 pages of light beige-colored pages await your handiwork. 

Heavier 120 g -- 81 pound paper is ideal for artwork using many mediums. 

Our paper is 30 percent heavier than the weight of basic sketchbooks and takes application of pencil, ink, pen, pastel, charcoal and even a light water-color wash. 

Plush Slate Gray all Weather Cover feels great to hold

Read the Rave Reviews on Amazon. 

Sketchers adore Leda. 

NO RISK: If you find that our paper isn't suited for your artwork, request a no-hassle refund.

Need a gift for a creative person in your life? Gift-wrapping available.

Leda Odyssey now only $19.94.
Order the Odyssey sketchbook on Amazon.

Environmental and Community Focused
  • The Forest Stewardship Council certifies our non-acid paper as environmentally friendly.
  • Five percent net profits from your purchase donated to children and teens facing hardships through Art with Heart.  Check out photos of the kids here. 

Leda Art Supply

helping artists make the world a more beautiful place. 

Quality Guarantee 
You will love using our artist sketch pads.

If you find some problem, please contact us so we can make it right. 

We replace any damaged or defective book. 

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Goodnews for Artists is an educational blog dedicated to spreading the word about better ways to sketch. Images here are for educational and inspirational purposes. 


1 comment:

  1. This made me feel jealous for real . I feel like the only talentless potato left in this world. brb crying. Your work is amazing keep it up and keep sharing.