I still have one more un-used hand-bound journal on my shelf, but this time I decided to use this Epsilon sketchbook from Stillman & Birn that a dear friend gave to me. The paper is made more for ink than watercolor, but light not-too-juicy washes work well on it. And my fountain pens simply glide over the smooth paper!
Every one of Stillman & Brin products are a dream to use, and the binding lasts no matter how rough I get with it.
always, I drew my current sketching palette on the first page.
Actually, this is the second 2-page spread -- I left the inside covers
blank for collecting random quotes. Lately I have been carrying a larger
purse than my norm, allowing me to carry a full-size sketchbook and
this pocket art toolkit from Expeditionary Art inside the bag. Smaller bags only hold my tools and I carry the book separately.
In the kit are two fountain pens (one with water-resistant ink and one with water-soluble ink), a waterbrush, two travel brushes (a #8 round and a dagger),
a mechanical pencil and tiny case holding a kneaded eraser, a tiny
stencil brush for spattering, a shortened white pencil, a shortened
blue-gray watercolor pencil, a re-usable towel for wiping, and two
pocket palettes, also from Expeditionary Art. I can switch out either of
these palettes with a third one: one holds a basic warm/cool limited
palette, one holds granulating earth colors, and one holds gouache. Not
shown is a 4th set I made myself using a business card case that holds a
basic palette of 14 paints.
Just after putting together my pocket palette set of granulating earth colors, Jane Blundell posted one she put together
. . . so I had a bit of fun comparing our sets side-by-side. I have a
set of Daniel Smith color dots that I used for the colors she uses that I
don't own. She also recently put together a set for urban sketching along with some suggested options, so I added that just for fun.