In this new video series, I wanted to begin with something dear to me: art journaling.
(scroll until the end to see a list of the journals I mention and those I forgot).
Begin with the end in mind
This will help you figure out what type of paper you need and as I say in the video, the paper is what matters the most: if you do mixed media for example, it has to be sturdy. I love watercolor paper, hot press (ie smooth) because it can accept everything.
For my products explorations, I use a big sketchbook that I can then tear apart if I want to use bits and pieces of it in paintings. The paper is lighter but can still take gels, inks and other supplies that are sometimes problematic.
Learn how to bind your own journals
If you are interested in books about bookbinding, please let me know in the comments, and I can do a review of the ones I have and love.
… to mention two of the journals I love: the one from Strathmore, that I used over and over in the past but the blank one I had was burried under so many other things in my Studio that I forgot about it.
The other one is not used as an art journal per se, it is the Canson sketchbook, the gigantic one. I use it to test products, to create painted papers that I then tear and use as collage elements in my art journals and/or paintings.
One last note
I really want to make this series FOR YOU, so if there is any question, any doubt or whatever you’d like me to address in a future episode of Art Journaling 101, please leave me a comment here or on the Youtube comment section, and I will take it into consideration when filming the next videos.