The Chance Journal
Sharing pages from the journal that I've dubbed The Chance Journal!
There's mystery to handmade paper, even machine-made paper that you've never used before. It takes time to get to know paper, don't you think? So I didn't know what would happen. I thought it best to start by doing pen & paint tests, with the results serving as a reference for the rest of the journal. A segue. An appetizer. The left is the very first page and the right is the other side. No bleed-through.
This is a handmade journal by Iona that my husband + kids got for me in at the Fort Worth Arts Festival. I selected a journal with handmade watercolor paper. The paper feels like cotton! I like the journal so much that I got a smaller one at the arts festival the very next year The front leather cover wraps around; a heck of a decadent and ultra-yummy journal.
The paper is kind of nubby and textured watercolor paper. Part of the fun in working in a handmade journal is not knowing what on earth the paint will do, and enjoying the ride. I really like the way that all of my pens & ink & w/c & gouache work on this paper. It just makes me want to explore & experiment.
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