My new journal is awesome. Not like the spirals I’ve been using to date, but rather full-grain 1/8th inch thick cowhide, vegetable dyed, solid copper rivets, and has the capability of changing the papers (which I’ve already done). Moreover, this makes me feel good when I pull it out to paint – something the other cheaper versions didn’t do.
It smells awesome, looks incredible, but there is a sting. I’m used to a flat surface, easy access, and larger pages. However, I know if I want to play in the big sandbox with the Brits and Canadians, I’m just going to have to learn to hold this in place while I paint. That or remove a page at a time, then slip it back in when the painting is complete (which isn’t a bad idea, now that I think about it). I cut up some sheets with a pair of silly scissors because I’m too lazy to deckle the edges. This will have to do.
My sketch was taken from Watercolor Landscapes, by Richard Taylor. Good book with good advice, and I highly recommend it.