Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook flip

Another six months have passed and I have another completed sketchbook flip to share!

Most of you may remember that I announced that I had decided to use a pocket Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook this time around while I participated in various Instagram challenges, and worked on my own ideas. This sketchbook contains art from #dndchallenge, #sealemon, #worldwatercolormonth, and #inktober. I really enjoyed flipping through it and seeing how my work continued to progress through the year, as well as observing so many different focuses, approaches, styles and techniques.

I enjoyed working in this sketchbook for the most part. It’s a little larger both in size and in page numbers than the comparable pocket Moleskine sketchbook, and the paper is actually white versus the Moleskine’s offwhite, cream-colored stock.

The only real downside I found to the Leuchtturm’s paper was that it did not interact well with wet mediums. I tried watercolors, Dr. Ph Martin’s Bombay India Inks, and Faber-Castell Gelatos in it and I had issues with the paper absorbing the wet medium quickly and bleeding through. Where the Gelatos were concerned, the paper pilled up when I took the approach of using a baby wipe to distribute and blend the colors.

This was all remedied in later layouts by preparing my pages with a layer of gesso if I knew I wanted to use any wet mediums on them. The gesso step was sometimes an inconvenience, however, if I was really wanting to just get moving with a painting.

That said, the paper did take well to pencil, colored pencil, ink pen, and Faber-Castell PITT artist brush pens. I just saw a little bit of feathering on the straight ink drawings, but there was no bleed-through or ghosting to be seen.

This is yet another proud moment for me—seeing another sketchbook through from cover-to-cover.

I hope you enjoy the little tour.

Thanks for dropping in to check out what I’ve been up to. Remember to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest to see my latest creations.

Have a fantastic day!


Materials used:

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Leuchtturm1917 Pocket Sketchbook
Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolors
Sakura Micron and Brush pens
Faber-Castel Pitt Artist Brush Pens
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Inks
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils
Liquitex Gesso
Pentel Aquash Water Brushes

6 thoughts on “Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook flip

  1. Hi, Ashley! It really depends on what you’re trying to do in the journal. If you’re going for straight mixed-media work, I’ve heard the best paper is watercolor paper. A lot of people swear by Canson’s XL mixed media journal, too (although I had issues with the paper warping on me in the past.)

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