Sunday, January 28, 2007

Moleskine Journal Page

Well my Moleskine journal finally arrived and it matched and exceeded my expectionations! My favorite feature is that it lays flat when opened so it's very easy to write and draw in. My major complaint of course is that it doesn't take watercolor well at all. The surface is too slick, so the colors bead and stay on top until they finally soak in to make a dull stain. It does, however, take india ink fairly well. So I'll just either use regular ink line, or ink wash.

I've also ordered the little watercolor Moleskine journals that open horizontally and will be using those as well for color journal entries.

Well last night when I opened the little Moleskine book to blank page number one, my first feeling was intimidation, and it showed the first several pages. I actually started getting frustrated because nothing I was writing or drawing made me happy when looking back over it. I'm sure with some practice I'll find an artistic direction of some sorts. To the right is one page I was actually happy with. I've been looking at other journals for inspiration. That always seems to get the creative juices flowing.

Okay, well my next post will be the Illustrator's Project I had planned around the holidays. I have four excellent artists who contributed! Thanks all!

Here's a question to other illustrated journalers out there. Do you sketch first with a pencil and then ink? It seems I capture the feeling of the moment better if I dive right in with ink and pen. But when I get the watercolor books, I might take more time with those. I don't know..I experiment and see.


Anonymous said...

I always do my sketches in my journals in pencil, then go over it in ink and colour. I am too much of a perfectionist to do it in ink first and then not be happy with it.I admire anyone who can get it down in ink right off.

Ginger*:)* said...

Hi Paige... I always begin with a nice soft pencil. I am as free as I want to be with that tool. If I really like my sketch I will go over it with ink before scanning it. Since my work is finished digitally I bring it into the computer to finish in Painter IX and for publishing I transfer it to Photoshop for the final conversion to CMYK. BUT... when I am painting with natural media....watercolor, or acrylics, I just leave the pencil sketch in place and paint right over that.

And if I am not working on a specific project or assignment... I will just pick up a pen and sketchbook and see what happens. I like pens because of the continuous flow and the ability to make neat clean lines.

Sorry this got so long... but thanks for asking the question, I'll be back to see what others are saying.

Amy C. Moreno said...

I'm nearly positive that moleskin makes watercolor journals as well.