I created this mixed media painting in my art journal yesterday. I’m curious what thoughts or feelings it might evoke for you?
I also couldn’t resist giving Strathmore another plug. As some of you know, I absolutely love the Strathmore Visual art journal series. I’ve now filled my second one and started on my third, which really has me stoked! The Visual journals come in several flavors. I started with the Drawing product, then tried the Mixed Media, and now I’m hooked. So I ordered a couple more, in two sizes. Why? I’ll tell you. I can throw any medium at this paper: pen, watercolor, acrylics, colored pencil, graphite, Tombow markers, water soluble oil and wax pastels, even collage. No bleed-through. Is there rippling? Sometimes, but only a slight bit. I’ve worked with (140 lb.) watercolor paper that has buckled a lot more.
While working in this journal, it seemed to me that every medium I tried just loved the paper. It is smooth, with just a slight tooth. It reminds me of Stonehenge paper, which is much more expensive. And yet, these little journals (the 5.5 x 8″ size) start at just over $5. I definitely had to have more of this paper. So I called Blick, and talked to a product specialist (Blick-speak for artist). Long story short, the paper in the Mixed Media Visual Journal is their 500 Series paper. This is 100% cotton paper, their top of the line! It’s archival, acid free, and sized for wet media. It is a joy to touch and to work on. It turns out that I couldn’t even buy the paper and make the journal myself for less money. These journals are an amazing deal. I just had to let you all know!
The painting was a journey. I needed some space to sort out my thoughts, and my little journal was the perfect way to do that. It includes watercolor and acrylic paint, as well as water-soluble oil and wax pastels. I really enjoyed marrying all these mediums together on this delightful paper. By the time I was finished, I felt like I’d been on a mini-vacation, refreshed and at peace. Just what I needed. And I wish the same for you this Sunday.