In the spirit of bullet journaling, I bought several Muji-inspired A5 notebooks online: two (2) dotted and one (1) blank. Truth be told, it was more of a panic buy since each notebook costs only P50 and stocks sell out out really fast. I have a feeling other (re)sellers get notebooks (and maybe other products too?) from them, then resell them at a pretty steep markup. I’ve seen the same notebooks being sold for up to P150 each, imagine? But that is neither here, nor there, nor is it really any of my business. Anywho. I decided to use the blank one as an art journal, seeing as I don’t have a lot of space for my creative pursuits in my Starbucks bullet journal.
Since I have been semi-actively pursuing arts in different forms (watercolor, brush calligraphy) lately, having a dedicated art journal seems but an inevitability. Scatterbrained person that I am, I need one place to keep all of my works intact. Though I have a container for the index cards I used for art practice, it’s not like I can tote it around everyday. So an art journal is the most sensible solution.
Before anything, I did some pen tests. The first I tried were watercolors applied using a waterbrush. Obviously I was in no mood to turn out consistent vibrance of colors. Then the actual pens below the watercolor. Those are the pens I have and use right now.
The paper being of standard notebook paper thickness (probably 80 gsm), ghosting was sorta expected. Surprisingly, there wasn’t any bleeding with the watercolors, only a few dots of ink where I shaded the boxes with the pens. All in all, not really bad at all.
Next up, brush pens! Brush calligraphy being a sorta expensive hobby, I only have a handful of brush pens in my arsenal at the moment. One (1) Tombow ABT, five (5) Sakura Koi, six (6) Artline Stix and one (1) each of Platinum dual, Sai, Yoka and Zig Clean Color. Here are the swatches in that order as follows:
Again, there was evident ghosting but minimal bleeding. Only the Yoka brush pen really bled onto the other side.
Even using only one side of the paper, this should last me a while anyway sine I don’t draw or write everyday, only when the mood strikes. As it is, aside from these pen tests, the journal is still devoid of any activity, creative or no. Might post some of the work I do from time to time. We’ll see. ☺