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Commercially Made Journals—Hand•Book Journals: An Updated Review (Part 2)

  Above: My first page spread in my 8.25 x 10.5 inch Hand•Book journal. This past fall I used one of the 8.25 x 10.5 journals from Hand•Book. I hadn't used one in several years. I've always loved the fabric covered boards they use. When I saw they had introduced this new larger size I […]


Commercially Made Journals—Hand•Book Journals: An Updated Review (Part 1)

Above: Sketch with a Pentel Brush pen, fine point with pigment ink, and another Pentel Brush pen filled with dye-based, watersoluble ink. 8.25 x 10.5 inch Hand•Book journal. Quite some time ago I wrote a review on Hand•Book Journals—their regular drawing journals are the focus of today's post, not their watercolor paper journals.  In November […]

The White Sale at Wet Paint

Journals are included in the White Sale is on at Wet Paint. Read this post for links to my past reviews of various commercially made journals.

Commercially Bound Journals

Updated September 13,  2020—I added the Strathmore Toned Mixed Media Journals and Stillman & Birn Toned sketchbooks. I also made an entry for Hahnemühle’s Travel Book/Journal. Updated December 5,  2017—additional problems with Fabriano Venezia (see note below) Updated November 21, 2016—to add new entry for Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbooks. Updated October 24, 2016—to add new […]


Commercially Made Sketchbooks: Hand•book Journals


Above: ©2009 Roberta Avidor. This New York City view of water towers atop buildings is from the visual journal Roberta keeps in a Hand•book Journal. Here she sketches with a black Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Aquarelle colored pencil and Sennelier pan watercolors. (This sketch is from a large-sized journal which is around 6 x 9 inches.) Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Today we have fabulous GUEST ART! Eye candy. The images in today’s post are by one of my favorite artists, my friend Roberta Avidor. She is an illustrator of immense talent. She has a quick sense of humor and is kind and supportive. She keeps one of the most visually stunning visual journals I’ve ever seen. Along with her husband Ken, she is great fun on sketch outs. (Ken also keeps an amazing visual journal. He was my first Profile Friday.) You can see more of her work at her website and here.


An Update on the MCBA Visual Journal Collective: Using Photos in Your Journals



Above: a page spread I did in our Altered Book Round Robin (the owner of this book elected to use a Handbook journal and not a printed book). The theme for this book was lost and found and inclusions were welcome, but most of the stuff that I find is pretty large so I thought it best to paint the object (a Lake Superior stone). I was working with dip pen, Ziller Glossy black ink (pretty much obliterated by the paint) and Schmincke gouache. Don’t ask me what was going on with the composition here. The verso page was all lumpy from the previous spread’s rivets and inclusions (I had to glue two pages together to cover the eyelet backs and such). I wasn’t going to use that side, and then I was painting it. Well at least it has an interesting texture and it fits with the idea of lost and found “ideas." Click on the image to see an enlargement.

March 16, members of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective met to once again, explore visual journaling and share our work. We watched a short documentary on Peter Beard, a photographer known for his journals filled with photos, scraps of paper, and animal skins and blood.

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