Strathmore 400 Series Visual Watercolor Journal, 140 LB 5.5"x8" Cold Press, Wire Bound, 22 Sheets
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- Cold press surface for watercolor and wet media
- Fine and even washes, strong surface for lifting and scraping
- 140 lb. / 300 gsm. acid free
- 5.5"x8" Wire Bound
- 22 Sheets/44 Pages per Journal
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The Strathmore 400 Series Watercolor Visual Journal contains Strathmore's intermediate grade watercolor paper. Popular with watercolorists of all levels because of the fine and even washes that can be achieved, this paper also has a strong surface that will allow for lifting and scraping applications. The natural white color and traditional cold press surface make it an ideal sheet for mastering watercolor techniques or for finished artwork. 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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It has been a while since I have bought visual journals... but I am so glad that I have picked this one! I have expected it to be a little bit bigger, but in terms of size, it is not that of a problem. Under the cover provided in the photo is actually the other cover. So you can just rip off the front page, I provide a photo of what is underneath it. The paper quality is really nice, it is thick enough to allow me to use "lifting" with watercolors. The spring does not seem to be able to tear the paper as it always happens with notebooks, but the time will show.
I started working on Canson XL, but that paper really can't take a heavy wash, so I decided to move to Strathmore. This paper is very similar to the paper they use for their watercolor postcards. Even if you coat this paper in water, it won't pill or bleed -- it'll happily take whatever you give it. It's fairly rough (much rougher than the XL) and will give an interesting texture to whatever you paint.
The cheesy little "VISUAL JOURNAL" cover shown in the picture tears off easily and then you have a nice brown cover with a bubble texture. It's super sturdy and has held up to knocking around in my backpack for the past few weeks without any problems.
I don't know what else to say about this journal other than it's wonderful and you should buy it if you want something portable, inexpensive, and of high quality. I've included a picture of the first thing I painted in it. Used koi watercolors: ultramarine, crimson lake, permanent green deep, and lemon yellow. The colors are a little funny, but it makes me happy anyway. :) I've also included a picture of the cover.
I bought this to take on a five day trip. I knew thre was no way I'd fill 22 pages in this short amount of time. Therefore, to save weight and space, I easily removed half the sheets from the binder. (I'll add them back later)
I normally use the book-bound type sketchbooks, but you obviously cannot temporarily remove paper from the bound styles.
Therefore this is a great option if you're backpacking or need to travel light.
I docked only one star because I would prefer a plain black cover. No worries because I flipped the brown cover over and will draw something on the white side of the cover.
The paper is slightly textured and holds paint well. I can scrub a brush with a little paint on it and it does not flow too much so I can quickly create sketches using strokes and more transparent washes. It dries pretty fast too. I put a couple of washes on it and it did not pill although I could tell that by the third wash it would start to pill a little. Still, it's great for quick watercolors given the value.
There are 22 sheets in this pad and they are half the size of a regular letter paper sheet, it's a convenient size to make smaller sized sketches or paint flowers or smaller objects.
The minute I received it I did a test with a Koi watercolor set and I have uploaded that image, for my very first sketch it did not let me down!
Since then I've done a few more from photos I took. It's a handy size and I enjoy using the Koi set and the one good DaVinci brush I have to create my little watercolors. It's a very compact set, and I can do this sitting anywhere as long as I have some water and a paper towel to wipe my brush on. This little journal is very handy and I'm enjoying using it. This is the first time I've dabbled in watercolors and the compact size of this journal is inviting rather than intimidating!