I just love working in my favorite Japanese Lined Journals from APICA. The paper loves the Pentel Brush Pen. Sometimes I work in gouache on this paper, but sometimes I leave the sketch as is and turn the page. Other times I put in an acrylic marker background.
I used an orange 15mm wide Montana Acrylic Marker (waterbased—not solvent!) marker to put in the background after I’d finished my brush pen sketch.
The paper in these APICA journals is lightweight so any wet media will crinkle and warp the paper, but the acrylic marker bends the paper in really fun ways, and puckers it across the spread. I love that. And of course the journals, when full make the most amazing sound when you leaf through them.
In the second image on the left here I give you a close up of the curl. Yes it is intense. You have to be careful when unrolling it and closing the book.
Of course it has to be completely dry.
I then close the book and weight it for about 30 minutes. After that the page is flat enough that you can open and close the book without worrying that you’ll fold an edge over. And it’s also flat enough that you can write on the page—or paint on it with gouache if that’s what you’re interested in trying.
If you go to my category list and scroll to “Japanese Lined Journals” the blog will shoot out a long list of other examples of my work in these journals.
A large 50-page journal like this costs under 9 bucks, has sewn signatures, paper great for dip pen and brush pen (and of course fountain pen if that’s your preference), and will also work for gouache and acrylic marker. That’s a lot of fun.
(And nope I don’t have any stock in the company. You can find these locally at Wet Paint in St. Paul, or online at Jet Pens if you aren’t local.)