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Derwent Shade and Tone Set

Manufacturers of art materials are always looking for new ways to bring existing products to more people, often in different forms. The Derwent Shade and Tone Set is a recent example of that. I’m not testing a lot of stuff right now (downsizing, blah, blah, blah; and a lot of paint I want to use […]


Dig Out Some Old Art Supplies

Even with the best laid plans sometimes things happen. I like to tape sketching sessions to use when explaining things to my Patreon subscribers. But last month while preparing pieces for this month’s playing with color theme I more than once forgot to turn the camera back on after taking a break to get something, […]


Upgrading Your Paper Choices for Sketchbooks, Visual Journals, and Art

  To get the best results when sketching and painting it makes sense to use the best quality materials that you can afford. Then upgrade those materials as your budget allows. Recently a blog reader wrote in saying that she had upgraded her art supplies to artist level watercolors (mostly Daniel Smith), purchased some quality […]


Stonehenge Aqua Review Part 4—Washes on Hot and Cold Press

This is part four in a multi-part review of Stonehenge Aqua Watercolor paper. Please click here for part one and work your way through the series. When looking at papers I think it’s useful to compare things side by side. I suggest that you open each of the images in this post in a separate […]

Saying Good-bye To Rubber Stamping?

Left: Six stacks of drawers and a couple boxes of materials waiting for the pick up. (Materials on the table are from an aborted trip I couldn't take because of an injury—I didn't even worry about putting that stuff away, I was that focused on sending the stamps to their new home.) The boxes contain the […]

November Swap Meet at the MCBA Visual Journal Collective, November 19, 2012

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What Not To Take on a Sketching Trip?

Above: A peek inside Liz's car as she pulled out her art materials and decided what to take. I kept laughing as more and more media appeared from deep within her satchel. I kept urging her to consider carrying less because it all gets heavy after awhile when you are carrying it or standing sketching […]


Adventures in Bookbinding: Matching Paper Surfaces Across a Spread

NideggenTearStacks5182 Right: The goal, stacks of folded and collated sheets ready to bind into books. These signatures are approximately 6-5/8 x 9-5/8 inches and make a wonderful size for a journal in portrait orientation.

Events keep intervening and keeping me from binding the next batch of Nideggen books, so I don't have a new photo of books made with this paper. But if you want to see finished books made with this paper check out my January 28, 2009 post.

NOTE: this post assumes you have working knowledge of handling a bone folder to tear a folded sheet of paper. Also always do a test on cheap bond first to make sure you understand the instructions. I’ve made every effort to be as clear and thorough as possible, but I’m used to doing this LIVE with people listening, so do a run through first just to make sure it all makes sense before you touch your expensive paper. (I have a note on how to practice at the end of this post.) Also, I find it useful to always have a sheet diagram on hand—and I've been doing this for decades.

More on Cretacolor Aqua Briques

Alberto over at Lung Sketching Scrolls (a sketch blog of sci-fi sketches and art supplies reviews) wrote in to me yesterday to say he had also reviewed Cretacolor Aqua Briques on his blog on February 27. He was kind enough to say he thought my review more thorough. But I went over to his site […]


Paper Sale for Folks in the Twin Cities

NideggenPearClose Left: a sample journal page from a journal made with Nideggen. Note how the lovely texture of the page comes through the colored pencil application. And it takes wet media. Click on the image to see a close up. I deliberately cropped in on this journal page so you could see the paper texture and flecks.

Nideggen is a fabulous paper for bookbinding. It is a 120 gm/m2 paper (available in 25 x 38 and 22 x 30 inch sheets). It has a lovely straw-tannish color with some darker flecks. It has a laid pattern with a wavy chain. It takes pen and ink with watercolor or gouache washes. (The paper will buckle as it is a thin sheet, but I'm not a visual journal keeper who is bothered by that. It is very opaque for a thin sheet!) Nideggen is an excellent printmaking paper and is also great for letterpress. Recent posts have images scanned from the current Nideggen journal (November 22, 28, 29.)

Why am I telling you all this?
I took my current journal which I made with Nideggen paper from Zerkall to the last MCBA Visual Journal Collective meeting. I also had samples left over from binding. People liked the samples. Locally we couldn't get the large sheets. I prefer the large sheets because they allow me to make a 6 x 9 inch or so book without any waste! I like not having any waste. After the meeting I asked Wet Paint if we could do a group order of the larger sheet (25 x 38 inches) and everyone involved could come in and pick up their paper but get the group price. (This would eliminate any packing and carting and possible damage we would have to deal with if we took delivery of the whole order and split it up ourselves.) He graciously agreed.

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