Just about any book, note book or sketch book can be used as an art journal. You don’t have to break the bank to get started.
You may have note books, you know the ones, where you just couldn’t resist the stationery shelf in Paperchase or WHSmiths, already sitting around waiting to be used. How you decide which one you use should be based on a few things.
You need to consider what style of art journaling you want to do, and that will in turn help you choose the sort of journal you buy. Not everyone like the idea of getting mucky hands using spray inks and paints, and you don’t have to use them. You can use patterned papers, book pages, ephemera and decorative tapes to create your pages.
Here at a sprinkle of imagination we stock a variety of journals from Strathmore, Dylusions and Moleskines. You can find them all here, in our Art Journal Section!
Moleskine Journals in several sizes and styles. All Moleskines are thread bound (making the pages less likely to fall out), acid free pages and have little pockets in the back cover for you to tuck things you collect or your notes for page ideas. The soft cover notebooks, sketchbook and watercolour books all have elastic closures.
So whats the difference?
Apart from sizes (which you’ll find listed in the product descriptions on the store), the different journals use different paper thicknesses and covers.
Cahier journals, the Soft Cover Journals, and Red Journal, are all notebooks, so the paper may need bolstering by either gluing pages together to make them sturdier and/or giving them a quick coat of gesso so that your paints and inks, firstly go further and secondly don’t bleed through. These books will also make excellent “glue books” or collage journals. You don’t need to spend a fortune on gel medium to stick your pages together – just use a glue stick. Quick and easy.
The Moleskine Sketchbook is great for using with paint and inks, I prefer to give my pages a quick thin coat of gesso as, as mentioned before, it makes my paint go a little further but it’s not compulsory.
Finally the Watercolour Moleskine is made of heavy weight 200gsm cold pressed paper, which is identical on both sides, giving you a consistent surface throughout your book. As it’s watercolour paper it will take a lot of fluid without falling apart. This is a great journal to experiment in.
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Strathmore Visual Journal UK
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