I'm looking into starting an art journal, but it's hard to pick a journal when you've never done it before! I thought about Dyan Reaveley's Creative Journal, but I've read a lot of complaints about the paper being too thin for any wet mediums. Besides the "coat it with gesso" advice, what types of journals do you guys use and like?
What Journal Do You Use?
Posted 15 July 2016 - 01:40 PM
I think the one I'm using is by Strathmore, the Visual art journal series. It's spiral bound, about 8.5x11, and I think the paper is pretty good quality, as far as holding up to wet media. I actually bought two of those a few years ago, and I haven't filled one yet. My art journaling is sporadic, I suppose.
I do not like gesso prepared pages as certain mediums, at least in my experience, don't work well with it. Perhaps, I'm using the wrong kind or doing it wrong, but so far, I've not had good luck with gesso.
I thought the whole point of the Dyan Reavely journals was to be used with her liquid mediums, such as mist and paint. Disappointing to hear that there've been complaints about those. I have one, but I haven't used it yet.
Posted 15 July 2016 - 05:26 PM
Right now I have a hand-me-down Canson "mix media" journal (spiral bound, 9X11, I think), but the paper weight is still only 90LB. Apparently, if I want to use a lot of watercolour, then I need a stronger paper. I think I maybe put too much gesso on...is that a thing? It still buckles quite a bit. I know Wilna Furstenberg uses the Strathmore, so I'll look into those.
I'm really tempted to buy the Dylusions paints (they look so yummy!) but I know they're pricey.
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Posted 15 July 2016 - 05:50 PM
I do use a fair share of liquid mediums in the Strathmore, and it seems to hold up alright. You may not have the same experience, depending on how much liquid you use. I know what you mean about the Dylusions paint. I just bought two to try when the LSS was having a sale, but I haven't had time to sample them yet. I saw a YouTube video--Craft Test Dummies, I think?--demonstrating the paint, and it looked so awesome, especially blending them with a baby wipe. I want to give that a shot, and if I like it, I'm sure I'll buy more!
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