I test journals primarily for two reasons:
1) To see what a new ink or watercolor does,
or how a mix will look in a journal with which I am familiar;
2) To test a new brand of journal’s paper quality.
I test them on the back pages of the journals.
I LOVE it when journals use the actual paper as paper liners in the front and back pages —
Hahnemühle does this — and the image above is on that back page.
It gives me an additional test page at the back, and I use the front inner cover
to write about where I am in the month starting the journal….
Above, a fooling around page in a Hahnemühle Watercolour Journal …
Tests generally are a bit smaller and may overlap,
compared to the tests below of a new unfamiliar journal brand.
I was given a Goldline Journal to try out…
This journal has brown cover paper both on inside covers and a second sheet;
This is pretty much wasted because I can’t do much on it
though I wrote some notes on the brown paper.
Above, my first foray into the back of the journal.
I wrote in the two waterproof inks I use most often.
I commented how the nibs felt on the paper; the stub nib dragged quite a lot.
After drying, I tested many watercolors from my everyday travel palette over the top of the two waterproof inks, and while I expected this outcome, neither moved on the new paper.
Then I tested my new fude pens on the paper…
And some graphite, and the paper has nice tooth for “pencil”.
Finally I tested some mixes
I am using for a cat book
I am illustrating.
Possible cat colors were
also mixed with a few
Daniel Smith Primatek watercolors, to see how they fared on the paper but also in general… And I had bought a few new paints in shades of grey, tested those.
I tested both watercolor
and hard prismacolor-type
non-soluble colored pencils
I might use for bits of
linework on the cat images.
In the end I was able to put together my “cat palette”,
which also can be used as a horse or dog or bunny palette…
The greens are eyes and the Quinacridone Pink is for noses and tongues….
“Memory is more indelible than ink.”
Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
“I think not….”
Me… why I journal!
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