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A Quick First Look at a Kilimanjaro Journal

February 1, 2016

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Above: 9 x 12 inch page from a wire-bound Kilimanjaro sketchbook (Cheap Joe’s). I created an acrylic texture on the page by taping off an area. Then I sketched a selfie using a Pentel Brush Pen (pigment ink). The orange background color was added after sketching, as was the blue on the hair band. The penguin at the bottom right is one of my sketches on a T-shirt.

I’m going to be writing a review about the Kilimanjaro sketchbook from Cheap Joe’s in a week or two. (I’ve been getting work out of the way so I could focus on my drawing class and I didn’t get the post written.)

I originally tested this journal to see if I could take it to the 2015 Minnesota State Fair, but I found the cold press texture of the paper not something I wanted to deal with throughout the Fair. I’m a hot press fan!

The journal became one that I finished at the end of 2015, testing it for other uses and also filming demos for upcoming classes.

One thing I can say definitively—if you love cold press paper and you like bright white, this is a fun 140 lb. watercolor paper. It’s available in landscape format also, but of course I had to have it in portrait.

And the Pentel Brush Pen really does like the paper and dries quickly on its surface.

More soon about this journal/sketchbook.

Enjoy your day. Draw a selfie to test some paper—you’re the one model you can always count on always being available.

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    • SusanLily
    • February 3, 2016
    Reply

    I look forward to your review of the Kilimanjaro sketchbook. A friend loves this paper, and I’ve been thinking of ordering some sheets to tear down for one of my round back spine journals.

    • Pat Wafer
    • February 3, 2016
    Reply

    I am about to order another one of the bright white landscape journals from Cheap Joe’s. It is very nice watercolor paper. I like CJ’s CP as much as Arches and Arches does not make a bound journal with their bright white paper only with the traditional white. I prefer the Arches landscape journals as the spiral ring binding is better and the covers much nicer than the Cheap Joe version but also MUCH more costly. I also like the sketch paper that comes between every page of the bright white CJ’s watercolor paper which is very handy for notes. I have used the Cheap Joe’s Journal in the studio to do color studies and another for out in the field. It held up fine in the field.

    • Pat Wafer
    • February 3, 2016
    Reply

    Roz, I have one question for your review of the CJ’s Kilimanjaro watercolor journals: Any suggestions for making the paper/cardboard covers more sturdy and weather proof? The back cover is pretty sturdy but as I remember the from cover is a bit flimsy. I thought of affixing matboard or something to it? I’ll look forward to your thoughts when you get to it. Thanks, Pat

    • Pat Wafer
    • February 3, 2016
    Reply

    Sorry – I meant FRONT cover!

  1. Reply

    Cheap Joe’s makes his American Journey line of watercolor sketchbooks that have heavy weight covers. I used 2 for my 2015 MN State Fair Journal. It had Hot Press TH Saunders/Waterford WC paper which I love. The one I had didn’t have interleaving with sketch paper. (But he’s got different books so I obviously didn’t have the one you’re talking about.) I didn’t find it more costly. I bought them all at the same time. I am disappointed it doesn’t come in Portrait. I don’t like landscape format. I had problems with the wire binding on both these types from him (Kilimanjaro is also from him) and address that in my review—coming sometime in the future.

  2. Reply

    I’ve just used the one and it stayed in the studio with the paper cover sheet on. You can always go to a copier store and get stiffer covers punched and then rebind it with a new coil.

    • Pat Wafer
    • February 6, 2016
    Reply

    Great Idea! I will look into that. I also like the Saunders Waterford HP alot and have used the Pentel Pocket Brushpen and watersoluble crayons in those Cheap Joe landscape books and enjoy the effect. But I also really like the bright white of the Kilimanjaro CP watercolor paper. I think Saunders Waterford watercolor paper is very good paper for a reasonable price.

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