Aug 6, 2011

August 2011: New Sketchbook - fighting with paper

August 2011: Herb Garden by apple-pine
August 2011: Herb Garden, a photo by apple-pine on Flickr.
I got a new sketchbook and it's... different. Watercolor looks bleak and paper buckles, it also retains blotches of off-color after you add even smallest amount of water. And it makes lots of inks act semi-not-waterproof. Of - and many markers bleed like crazy on it. Overall - a challenge :)
August 2011: Straw Flowers
Here is a link to the little story behind this sketch:
http://artistsjournalworkshop.blogspot.com/2011/08/august-2011-straw-flowers-and-paper.html

6 comments:

Jen said...

The end result does look great, though!

But I know what you mean about sketchbooks - for me it is hard to find a good one. Stores here don't sell much beyond student quality - which doesn't hold up well to watercolor. *Sigh!*

Nina Khashchina aka Apple-Pine said...

thanks, Jen - paper is very nice - just not for watercolors ;)

Good luck with finding good sketchbooks!

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

It does look good. Especially love the angled background. The paper sounds like the challenge I had with the regular Moleskine book paper when I worked on the 2011 Sketchbook project. The wc was vibrant on it but lots of ripples and bleed through. I ended up zig-zag stitching 3 pages together. And, because I couldn't take the paper quality seriously, my sketches developed a devil may care looseness that I ended up liking - So...... perhaps playing with your new journal will lead you to new things too :)

Wildflowerhouse said...

Like how it turned out! Journals can be frustrating when it comes to paper. I try to make my own.

Gillian Mowbray said...

Very tricky - but the sketch is brilliant so all is not lost!

That's why I prefer to make my own sketchbooks - with my own choice of paper!

Anonymous said...

Very interesting post, thanks