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.
Have a fantastic day!