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Strathmore Pro-Art 460-19 500 Series Visual Mixed Media Journal, 9"x12" Vellum, Wire Bound, 34 Sheets
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Strathmore-Visual Journal: Mixed Media. This package contains one 12x9 inch spiral-bound art pad. It is filled with sixty-eight pages of 90-pound paper with a vellum finish. It is great for wet and dry media including watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, pencil, crayon, charcoal, marker, and collage. Acid free. Made in USA. This item is manufactured in United States.
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Copics work best with a vellum type paper, or basically a very smooth cardstock type of paper. It helps them blend well and helps prevent bleeding.
Watercolors require a more absorbent and heavy paper. They don't work well on smooth vellum paper and tend to run badly.
So after going through a multitude of brands, I've settled on the Strathmore Visual Journal Multimedia. II gave a four star score because this journal handles watercolor wonderfully, although the paper does have a strong tendency to bend and lose it's shape when water is applied(although it is not uncommon for such a low weight paper). As for copics and other alcohol based markers, they work beautiful and blend very well, but they do bleed. Not as severely as with other brands, but they do bleed through the paper. Also, the paper is fairly absorbent (so that it works with watercolor), so if you are very frugal with your copics then this may not be the best paper for you. Acrylics will also cause the paper to bend, but it tends to flatten itself out with its own weight. The paper is fairly textured, so colored pencils can be very deep and varied, although detail work can be difficult. The paper itself is unperforated, so there's no need to worry about accidentally ripping out sketches.
So in short, after a year of searching, I would highly recommend this journal to anyone who enjoys using both watercolors and copics. Of course graphite looks fine and so does ink. I will buy again and have already bought multiple journals.
I've used some wet media on it and it works fine, but most of the time, I use my pens and markers.
The texture of the paper is what I really love. It's got just a bit of tooth, but not like watercolor paper. Some pens may drag a bit on it, but the ones I use work great.
Even though I keep being tempted to try new paper based on artists' recommendations, I finally decided to stop trying other brands as I'm never as happy as I am with the Mixed Media Visual Journals.
The colorful cover that you see in the product photo tears off. Under it is a nice plain brown cover that's not flashy. The cover is nice and stiff for working on your lap if need be.
This journal is a winner.