Drawing and illustrating, on the other hand, is something I recently developed a habit of and I still feel like I am still in training for. If you've been following me in this blog, you've seen me try my first sketchbook, and several thereafter, of all different types, makes, and models. It taking me awhile to learn about this new part of myself and what works for me. It feels like I've tried them all.
But I may have settled on a system that leaves me feeling content, a system that is working for me now.
I found that when I put pretty fabric over the cover of the Canson Universal Sketch book (my only real gripe about this particular sketchbook), I have found the perfect place for me to feel free to write AND sketch AND paint to journal my life. The books are so cheap (less than $4 at Dick Blick for 100 sheets per 5.5x8.5" book) that I feel like I can put anything in them without "wasting" paper. The paper is smooth with just a hint of tooth, and surprisingly strong for 65 lb paper. When I draw or write in ink, it doesn't bleed or even show through to the other side. And to my delight, it takes a layer or two of watercolor paints with only the slightest puckering! When I paint on it, it's almost like painting on hot press paper, which I am really growing fond of. I kind of like the splotchy effect I get with it!
The paper does get weakened if I work it too much with the brush though! But this is a small drawback, especially since I have actual watercolor paper I can use whenever I want to make a "real" watercolor sketch or painting (which is something I do also pretty much every day).
What do I call this wonderful book where I feel free to put anything? There are so many names people use for it: sketchbook, artist's journal, illustrated journal, junk journal, or just--journal.
Whatever you want to call it, I am feeling happy right now that I have found a kind of book that I can feel free to do most anything in, and treasure later, in spite of the book itself being cheap, or maybe because of it...