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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Playing with the new Strathmore toned paper journal

I have a journal I use almost exclusively for writing, and decided I needed to try the new Strathmore hardbound journal when I ran out of my faves.

It's nice! Smooth surface, a pleasure to write in, tempting mid-tan color, and fun to do some art in, taking advantage of that middleground tone.

This is a Prismacolor dark grey pencil with touches of white...

Whee, more colored pencil and ink!

Pilot Penmanship pen with water-soluble ink, plus white Prismacolor and gouache.

And a female bluebird in gouache.  The paper really buckles VERY little, and it's just plain fun!
It was just a very quick pencil sketch...the gouache brings her to life!
I'd definitely recommend these...I'm having a ball trying out different mediums in addition to my daily journaling!


  1. This paper looks wonderful - the colour is beautiful. I have been using the Strathmore in the ring bound book which I am not crazy about, so I am glad it is now in bound book form too.

  2. This is a nice look. Love the wildlife.

  3. Thank you! Yes, I'm not as crazy about spiral bound, the wire gets in my way. This is quite nice!

  4. Good to know. Your little bluebird melts my heart!!! Beautiful.

  5. I love what you're doing in your toned paper journal Kate!

  6. I've been so tempted to get one of those journals, almost did last week, but opted to splurge on Danny Gregory's new book instead. I wish places like Dick Blick and/or other artist locations would offer something like the Free Supersaver shipping at $25. I know they have deals sometimes for shipping, but always at a much higher price point than I can spend at once time. These are great sketches and that little bird really pops on the toned paper.

  7. I'm glad to see this post. I've been thinking about trying this journal. This makes me sure I NEED to have one. ha!

  8. Have you tried the gray? Trying to decide between the tan and the gray...

  9. I haven't tried it yet, Connie--I've got some sitting here waiting for me though!

  10. Kate, I just purchased the tan. I noticed it has little fibers speckled throughout the paper. Have you looked at the gray sketchbook yet? Is it the same way? (The art supply store near me closed down, so I can't really go look at one myself.)

    1. I thought I had one, Connie, but I can't seem to find it, so I don't know! I'll try to remember to report, if I find it.


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