Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen Sketch with Schmincke Gouache on blue paper (in a journal purchased from England).
There was something very satisfying about stroking a filbert loaded with gouache across this blue paper. I'm going to have to look into getting something locally that's like this paper.
This journal is almost 12 inches square and after I finished it I numbered the pages as I always do so I can index it, indexed my journal, and then went to put it on the bookshelf. It wouldn't fit! I had to wedge it in horizontally, over some other journals. That made me really look at the shelf. In the last 6 months or so I have used a lot of LARGE journals (9 x 12, 11.75 x 11.75, 8 x 10, 10 x 10 inches).
I think I'm telling myself to paint larger paintings. I'm looking forward to that this summer.
I think it's good to listen to those discussions with ourselves. I wrote a post almost two years ago where I share more thoughts on journal size.
If you are getting ready to go away for a summer holiday/trip, maybe it's time you asked yourself some of the questions I posed in that earlier post. Find a size that screams out to you for work! (See also Tuesday's post for a discussion on how I planned and made my 2012 Minnesota State Fair Journal.)