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:


  1. 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!*

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

    Good luck with finding good sketchbooks!

  3. 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 :)

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

  5. 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!

  6. Very interesting post, thanks