Tough Enough

I love starting a new, blank journal.  There’s something about opening to that fresh, first page and envisioning what type of medium will touch it first. Whether sketching or painting, the first page seems to launch the theme for the remaining ones.

Recently while shopping Hobby Lobby’s extensive selection of journals, I was pleased to find a large, 11″x 14″ sketchbook.  While the paper was only 70 lb. and not the first choice for mixed media, I decided to try it because I liked the idea of creating on the oversized pages…a canvas-sized journal!  Well, it held up stoutly, which as you can see, is loaded with a variety of medium – acrylics, inks, watercolor, oil pastels, pencils and pens.

The next time you’re ready for a fresh journal, challenge yourself with a larger size.  I think you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can fill it up.  And if you can’t find it in 140 lb., give the 70 a try, it’s tough enough!

TIP:  You can’t go wrong with a first layer of gesso for either weight paper, but I wouldn’t go any lower than 70 lb.

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