Disappointed with the paper quality in the new Moleskine sketchbooks, I decided to make my own pocket journal.
I really loved working in my latest Moleskine journal, falling in love, again, with the smaller size. But when the paper in the newer one I bought didn't live up to my 4 year old filled one, I needed to figure out another solution.
And then I found this amazing watercolor paper pad! Beautiful Fabriano hot press watercolor paper, all for $30. I couldn't believe my good luck -- I've never been able to afford any hot press paper but like everyone else in the art journaling world, I've heard how amazing it is. So I grabbed this thick pad, brought it home, and stroked it gently as I dreamed of beautiful journals of the future and painting upon its ultra-smooth surface.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who hugs her journals, pens, and paints!
The night I brought this magic home, I decided to create a new pocket journal from it!
I bound it with some hemp thread I waxed myself through a binding of bookcloth....I wanted to just have a simple journal I could throw in my bag or pull out to play with collage in (though my friend Sandie says you should put a thin piece of board inside the spine to make it more solid).
Want to make a journal like this for yourself? Check out these tutorial videos I made a couple of years ago....I used the same process to bind this as I did in my Easy Peasy Journal!
(Wow. I think it's time for a new binding video!)
Here are a few pages I've already done in my little pocket journal. It's so much fun to have around and play in! And a great way to always have your art journal with you!
Don't forget -- Art Journal Summer Camp starts in just over a week! Two weeks of daily tutorial videos, artist interviews, & more! I'll be revealing our guest interviewees next week!
Perfect for the art journaler who wants to learn something new & meet new friends without having to commit to a large class. :)