Strathmore 500 Series Visual Mixed Media Journal, 9"x12" Vellum, Wire Bound, 34 Sheets
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- Ideal for use with wet and dry media
- Internally sized for wet media with a durable vellum finish for drawing techniques.
- 90 lb. / 190 gsm. acid free 100% cotton
- 9"x12" Wire Bound
- 34 Sheets/68 Pages per Journal
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The Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Visual Journal is internally sized for wet media with a durable vellum finish for drawing techniques. Excellent for watercolor, gouache, acrylic, graphite, pen, ink, colored pencil, marker, pastel, and collage. Contains 100% cotton and is archival and lignin free. Paper is our art form, and we celebrate artists. We have kept the tradition of creating beautiful, high-performing papers alive for over 125 years. Choice of paper is one of the most important decisions an artist makes in determining the outcome of their work. No matter your choice of medium, you can be confident Strathmore paper will enhance your artistic efforts.
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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.