Artist, teacher and art journal afficionado Diana Trout has made a way-cool little video about various kinds of mixed media art journals to help you choose your next volume. Because so many of us get kind of overwhelmed when we’re trying to find a new one to try out, I asked her if she’d share her video and tell us a little more about her criteria for choosing the best journal. She also has some great ideas to fill your art journal pages as well!
Here’s the video:
And here’s what else Diana had to say about journals:
If you had to pick one quality that’s most important to you in a journal you’re going to actually use, what would it be?
The most important quality to me is that the paper is good heavy watercolor paper!
If you had to pick just one kind of journal–like, if you’re going on a 5-year international expedition and get to take a crate of blank books, but only one kind–which would you choose?
I would choose the moleskine watercolor journal. I could happily go through a lifetime supply of them!
So if someone buys a brand-new journal that’s maybe a little pricey or maybe special because they bought it on a trip or something, do you have any tips for getting started on those perfect, pristine, blank white pages?
For a brand-new beginner who isn’t yet sure about what qualities are most important to them, do you have some tips for starting out? Maybe some things to think about (page weight, bound vs. spiral, etc.) or some standard, readily-available kinds to try?
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